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More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once ...

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College of Southern Idaho seeks to offer bachelor’s degrees

College of Southern Idaho seeks to join the roughly 6 percent of two-year community colleges in 19 states that confer bachelor’s degrees in limited subjects. CSI in early April submitted its proposal to offer four-year degrees in elementary education and ...

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Utilities pursue economic development role (access required)

While business and economic development has typically been the purview of governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, increasingly utility companies are playing a role. “Across the country, utilities like Idaho Power have business development teams, providing that single point of contact,” said ...

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Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

Environmental groups sued the Trump administration on April 30 for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. Attorneys for Western Watersheds Project and Center for ...

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Ada County starts ‘record’ year of construction projects

Local residents and businesses in an Idaho county are preparing for what is expected to be the busiest road construction year in history. The Idaho Statesman reports the Ada County Highway District has begun a $61 million construction season, tearing ...

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US won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to ...

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