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National Association of Realtors wants lenders to loosen up (access required)

As the housing market continues to recover, tough mortgage requirements are preventing some buyers from entering the market, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. In its 2013 profile of homebuyers and sellers, the association found that ...

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A wish list for real estate in 2014

It’s been a busy year in 2013 for commercial real estate in the Treasure Valley. Major projects such as The Village at Meridian and the Eighth & Main building in downtown Boise have made significant progress, with retailers open at ...

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Proposed tax changes could spark R&D investment (access required)

A new legislative proposal aims to modernize the U.S. tax code in order to stimulate investment in research and development for emerging companies. The Startup Jobs and Innovation Act, introduced Nov. 6 by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Pat Toomey, ...

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OSHA wants injury reports to be public (access required)

A proposed federal rule that would require construction companies to make public the reports of any on-site injuries and illnesses is prompting concerns about how the information would be used. The change, proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational ...

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Custodial services struggle to find staff (access required)

The custodial services industry is no stranger to high turnover, but local companies say it’s been particularly difficult to find the workers they need over the past couple of years. “Attracting new talent has been a challenge,” said Caitilin Simonson, ...

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Tax overhaul could trim business improvement tax write-offs (access required)

Tax reform advocates in Congress are weighing a number of changes to reduce the amount the government spends through the tax code, including one that could shake up how businesses across the country invest in capital improvements, from upgrading a ...

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Ski areas supplement volunteer training for patrols (access required)

Idaho law sets a minimum standard for ski patrol training. But some ski areas are hiring patrollers with additional training to provide more extensive medical care to injured skiers and snowboarders. Idaho ski areas are required by state law “to ...

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Idaho doctors brace for a surge in primary care demand (access required)

Improved preventive care is a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and once health insurance exchange plans take effect Jan. 1, health care providers expect demand for those services to increase. Meeting that demand could be ...

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