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Idaho economic metrics rebound, pandemic metrics lag (access required)

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The good news from Governor Brad Little’s Sept. 18 press conference was that Idaho’s economic recovery is well underway. The bad news? Idaho will stay at Stage 4 for two more weeks. “Idahoans have faced much hardship this year,” Little ...

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Department of Labor hires, shifts economists

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Bonang Seoela was recently hired by the Idaho Department of Labor as the labor economist for Idaho’s south-central region, which includes Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties. He will also cover Bingham and Power counties ...

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State of Idaho will not take the payroll tax deferral (access required)

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President Donald Trump signed an order in August directing the U.S. Treasury Department to allow employers to defer employee-side Social Security taxes in an effort to help workers amid the coronavirus recession. The State of Idaho has announced that it will ...

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Special legislative session: Addressing a crisis of confidence

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing response have impacted Idahoans in very personal ways: businesses, jobs, and opportunities for higher education have been lost; churches have been closed; K-12 schools have been disrupted; proms, ball games, recreational activities and entertainment ...

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Idaho Supreme Court considers lethal injection records case

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Board of Correction didn’t follow its own public records rules when prison officials refused to turn over some lethal injection records, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho attorney Ritchie Eppink told the Idaho Supreme ...

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Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count

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  LODGE GRASS, Mont. (AP) — When Lauri Dawn Kindness was growing up, her hometown on the Crow Indian Reservation had an arcade, movie theater, gas stations and family cafe along streets shaded by towering cottonwood trees near a bend ...

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Idaho governor restores $99 million in education funding

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little on September 11 restored $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor also announced that another $50 million will be made ...

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Governor spends $200 million to save Idaho businesses money (access required)

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This article was updated on Sept. 15 to correct attributions of remarks by Rep. Melissa Wintrow which were originally misattributed to Idaho Department of Labor director Jani Revier. The Idaho Coronavirus Advisory Committee recommended and Governor Brad Little approved the ...

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Idaho State Treasurer appealing eviction ruling (access required)

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In the latest permutation over the possible eviction of Julie Ellsworth, Idaho State Treasurer, from her first floor office in the Capitol Building, she is appealing the summary judgement against her rendered by Idaho Fourth District Judge Nancy Baskin in ...

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Plated serves Albertsons a lawsuit (access required)

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Former shareholders of the Plated meal kit company filed a lawsuit against grocery giant Albertsons on Sept. 1 for fraud in the State of Delaware chancery court. Plaintiffs claimed that Albertsons deliberately missed revenue targets to avoid post-acquisition payouts to ...

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