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Natural foods retailer to farmers: Let cows graze

Cows should be outside. That’s the position of a Colorado-based grocery store chain that recently announced it will carry only dairy products from farms where cows graze in pastures. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of ...

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Despite closures, food processing is going strong in most of Idaho (access required)

Although the closure of three J.R. Simplot Company plants will be a heavy blow in southeastern Idaho, the number of food processing jobs in the state at large has remained steady. According to statistics from the Idaho Department of Labor, ...

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Driving? Taking that call could cost you (access required)

Answering the phone could cost you $500. And if that doesn’t get the message across to Franklin Building Supply drivers, a new policy meant to curtail distracted driving says violations can lead to higher fines and eventually, termination. “The reasoning ...

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Rural lenders have fared well in Idaho (access required)

A new Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. report says that rural banks have had to contend with shrinking populations over the decades, but have fared well recently because they often specialize in agricultural lending. But the industry is volatile. The FDIC ...

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Health systems look to the cloud for storing, sharing data (access required)

Hospitals are generating data every day, as doctor’s visits and laboratory tests become part of patients’ electronic records. The growing amount is raising challenges and opportunities in how to store, retrieve and share that data. Increasingly, hospitals are heading to ...

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Oregon counties ban genetically modified crops

Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention. Companies that genetically engineer seeds — including biotech giants Sygenta, ...

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Don’t question an employee’s disability, just accommodate it (access required)

Gone are the days of scrutinizing, or even second-guessing, whether an employee actually has a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Instead, today’s ADA claims are all about accommodating the employee, so she can do her job. In a ...

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Study: Care costs continue slower growth in 2014

Health care spending for a family with a common employer-sponsored health plan has more than doubled over the past decade, according to research from the benefits consultant Milliman Inc. A typical American family of four will spend an average of ...

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Albertsons paying $12.5 million to rename Boise State football stadium

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Albertsons LLC has agreed to pay $12.5 million over 15 years to rename Bronco Stadium at Boise State University as Albertsons Stadium. The Boise-based grocery company said the announcement is intended to solidify the company’s place in Boise. “We’re anxious ...

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