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New path eyed for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho

Federal officials have released their latest analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest’s energy grid. The 183-page draft environmental assessment released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late ...

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K-Edge expands Boise manufacturing, looks for machinists (access required)

Boise’s AceCo and K-Edge have doubled in size since 2013 and have 40 employees, 30 of them machinists. Signs on company vehicles advertise that machinist jobs are available. K-Edge makes bicycle chain guards and aluminum bicycle handlebar mounts used to ...

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Western governors want federal help in invasive mussel fight (access required)

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors’ Association on Oct. 2 sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan ...

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35 states, including Idaho, support bid to collect online sales taxes

Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia have signed on to support South Dakota’s legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be ...

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More Sears, Kmarts to close

The cost-cutting strategy continues at Sears with another 63 stores targeted for closure early next year, including one in Ammon, Idaho. Emblematic of the struggle facing U.S. department stores, Sears Holdings has already closed more than 350 Sears and Kmart stores ...

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ABA to look at tougher bar exam standards (access required)

The national accrediting body for law schools is slated to consider a proposal to require law schools to have at least 75 percent of graduates pass the bar exam within two years of graduation. The American Bar Association’s Council of ...

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Maryland physician pioneers new approach to prostate biopsies (access required)

Dr. Matthew Allaway was frustrated. In 2012, health outcomes from common procedures should have been improving. Instead, the Cumberland, Maryland, urologist watched as his patients suffered infections from transrectal prostate biopsies. Over the past 10 years, infections from that procedure ...

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Homebuilders gloomy, asset managers relieved over tax plan

Proposed changes in the GOP tax plan could affect homeowners in more expensive neighborhoods and car buyers interested in electric vehicles. Investors in tech companies could see higher dividends. Future retirees and asset managers are happy about a change that ...

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Wind Power gains strength in Q3 (access required)

The nation’s wind energy got a big boost in the third quarter, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The limiting factor in wind energy remains transmission capacity to transport electrons from wind farms to where people live and work, ...

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A new venture in Boise for Happy Family co-founder

Jessica Rolph, who co-founded an organic baby food company that sold for $230 million, has launched another company targeting the early childhood market, this time in Boise. Rolph’s new company, Lovevery, will sell a multipurpose Play Gym toy designed to ...

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