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Auto lending revs up (access required)

Even as some competitors exit the space, many banks are ramping up automobile lending. With rates at near-historic lows, car sales are soaring. That hasn’t stopped Florida-based BankUnited from ending its auto-lending operations – sources say the shutdown is in ...

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As refinancing slows, lenders loosen their strings (access required)

With mortgage refinancing slowing significantly, lenders are easing up on certain stringent standards and casting a wider customer net. But some mortgage brokers say the changes won’t do much to attract business, since the loans come with bigger down payments ...

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Organizations aim to train immigrant entrepreneurs

After immigrating to Oregon from the Mexican state of Oaxaca more than two decades ago, Paula Asuncion worked on farms and in minimum wage jobs at fast-food restaurants — a widow struggling to feed six children, sharing cramped apartments with ...

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Advanced technology underlies the keeping of the greens (access required)

Golf course superintendents used to learn on the job how to maintain the greens. Now, as environmental rules grow increasingly complex, they’re likely to graduate with degrees in areas like turf management and horticulture. Science has become an important part ...

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Idaho farm market value has grown sharply, census shows (access required)

A newly released census of agriculture shows the market value of the average Idaho farm has grown sharply in the last 15 years. The value of farmland and buildings grew from $487,885 to about $1 million between 1997 and 2012, ...

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Genetically modified foods confuse US consumers

Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says they don’t need to be labeled. But in the first major victory for consumers who ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rulings could check ‘patent troll’ claims (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court rulings giving federal District Court judges more flexibility in awarding attorney fees to prevailing parties in patent suits could help curb the recent uptick in abusive patent litigation. Decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & ...

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Mountain caribou status revised to threatened

The federal government has downgraded the protected status of the last remaining herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states from endangered to threatened. Environmental groups hailed the decision as good for the animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

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Boise Police Department offers ‘active shooter’ training for businesses

The Boise Police Department is offering an ‘active shooter training’ seminar May 22 aimed at business security people. Lt. Doug Schoenborn, who is putting the seminar together, said on May 8 that the department hasn’t seen any specific threat locally, ...

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Boise’s Balihoo partners with Chicago company

Technology company Balihoo has  announced a new partnership with Local Spectrum, the location-based marketing unit of marketing communications firm Starcom MediaVest Group. Balihoo is a local marketing automation technology company based in Boise that helps national brands create locally targeted ...

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