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Business Briefs: Alcoholic beverage manufacturing is big business in Idaho (access required)

Alcoholic beverage manufacturing payroll grew 22 percent in 2013 Idaho’s breweries are going strong, and have been for several years. And its wineries and distilleries aren’t doing so badly either. Idaho’s alcoholic beverage payroll was $8.7 million in 2013, up ...

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US homebuilder confidence rises in August

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident in their sales prospects headed into next year, a sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes may pick up after stalling this summer. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder ...

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Albertsons, via Supervalu, is latest to suffer data breach

A data breach at Supervalu may have affected as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores,  and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company, including Albertsons, in two dozen states. The announcement lengthens the list of ...

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Idaho’s dairy industry quietly grows (access required)

Introduction: A quiet but mighty dairy industry Idaho farms received $2.42 billion from dairy sales in 2012. The state’s dairy industry is bigger even than Idaho’s famous potato industry, which brought in roughly $964 million that same year, and it ...

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eBroker acquired, is expanding (access required)

Nampa-based IOIx Software has been acquired by Ritter Insurance Management, renamed eBroker Software and is now expanding its workforce in Idaho and in the states where it offers services to health insurance agents. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. eBroker ...

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Medicaid panel pushes for expansion (access required)

A workgroup put together by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is recommending that lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid to provide health care benefits to more than 100,000 Idahoans. But lawmakers on the panel say the latest suggestion may be dead on ...

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Investigators: No evidence of mechanical problems before Appleton crash

Federal investigators say they found no evidence of any mechanical malfunctions in an experimental airplane before a 2012 crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton. The National Transportation Safety Board also reported August 12 that Appleton didn’t take specialized training ...

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Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium to add metal detectors (access required)

Boise State University will require football fans to pass through metal detectors and have their bags searched before entering Albertsons Stadium starting this fall. The university announced the new security measures, which are similar to requirements in many professional sports ...

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20 indicted in alleged smartphone theft ring from several states including Idaho

A Minnesota man ran a multimillion-dollar crime ring that involved stealing cellphones or acquiring them fraudulently and then reselling them across the U.S. and overseas, according to an indictment announced August 12. Twenty people were indicted, including eight owners of ...

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Idaho gives state workers premium health coverage

Idaho’s employee health insurance plans are comparable to the federal government’s most expensive option offered under the Affordable Care Act and better than what most private companies provide, according to a report released August 12. The report from the Pew ...

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