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Tribes won’t renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have ...

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Boise Airport sees record passenger counts in 2017 (access required)

Fueled by population growth, larger aircraft and more flights to popular destinations, Boise Airport handled a record 3.51 million passengers in 2017, a 9 percent increase over 2016. The number surpassed the prior 2007 record for most passengers at 3.36 ...

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Mining bitcoin? Be sure to tell the IRS (access required)

Did you invest in cryptocurrency in 2017? Be sure to declare your gains or losses properly on your taxes this year, or the federal government might come after you. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency saw a spike in worldwide attention last ...

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Outdoor gear sales slip as millennials drive shift in habits

Sales of outdoor equipment are slipping as millennials drive changes in U.S. consumer habits by favoring clothes and sporting goods that are less specialized and more versatile, analysts say. Industry retail sales totaled $18.9 billion from December 2016 through November ...

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Idaho schools chief wants teacher raises in budget

Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra on Jan. 25 asked state budget writers to raise the public school budget 6.8 percent next year. The Spokesman-Review reports Ybarra’s biggest portion of her proposed increase would go to raise teachers’ salaries. ...

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It’s official: Purple is the color of the year (access required)

While orange may be the new black, purple is the “official” color of the year according to color coding firm Pantone. And firms are tapping this blend of red and blue with products and flowers during and beyond Valentine’s Day. ...

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