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US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird (access required)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres ...

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Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

An animal welfare group on Tuesday applauded a court ruling ordering the state of Idaho to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said the state’s law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free ...

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Idaho’s top legislative leaders retain positions

The top legislative leaders in the Idaho Statehouse have retained their positions for the upcoming legislative session. Republicans voted Wednesday night to keep Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House, a position the Oakley resident has held since 2012. ...

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Committee votes to ease occupational licensing requirements (access required)

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An interim committee on occupational licensing plans to bring forth legislation during the upcoming legislative session to make it easier for people to enter licensed professions. In particular, members of the Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Committee said during its ...

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Cities grapple with sales tax redistribution (access required)

This is the time of year when efforts like Small Business Saturday arise. Instead of buying items at the mall or online, people should shop at local small businesses, such promotions say, keeping the money – as well as sales ...

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Sixth annual event honors Idaho law leaders

About 150 people attended the Idaho Business Review’s sixth Leaders in Law event on Nov. 15 to honor 17 law professionals. Nominated by their colleagues, reviewed by their peers and, ultimately, chosen by their own community, this year’s honorees represent ...

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Are ‘culturally insensitive’ incidents hampering Idaho recruitment efforts?

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In a time when Idaho’s job growth is increasingly dependent on in-migration, to what degree do reports perceived as racist, such as the recent Middleton teacher costume incident, affect business’ ability to recruit out-of-state workers? Though the Aryan Nations compound ...

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Business community hopeful after election results (access required)

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Results of the Nov. 6 election in Idaho, with the victory of Lt. Gov. Brad Little as governor, signaled pretty much a continuation of policies of the past 12 years. “On the most part, it’s ‘keep on truckin’,’” said Rick ...

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