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Paycheck Protection Program still has $122 billion for small businesses (access required)

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If you’re an Idaho small business still looking for help getting through the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) still has $122 billion. That’s “billion,” with a B. “The key message we ...

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Thyra Stevenson, Idaho state representative, dies at 75

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho state Rep. Thyra Stevenson died Monday, a week after suffering a serious heart attack. She was 75. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Stevenson, a Republican, represented the 6th Legislative District, which includes Nez Perce and ...

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Daycare businesses get a helping hand from state of Idaho (access required)

Many businesses would consider closing their doors if profit margins were always an anemic 5% to 10%, yet according to the U.S. Census, those low returns are business as usual for most child care providers. Idaho has now extended a ...

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Lawsuit seeks to challenge Idaho coronavirus restrictions

Three northern Idaho residents have filed a federal lawsuit challenging statewide restrictions ordered by Gov. Brad Little due to the coronavirus, saying it violates their religious freedoms. Two religious leaders and a churchgoer filed the lawsuit on April 30 against ...

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How do Idaho’s job losses stack up based on occupation? (access required)

When it comes to unemployment in Idaho, there’s good news and bad news. After eight weeks of unemployment statistics, Idaho’s biggest losses were in the food services occupations, in terms of both the number and proportion of jobs lost. One ...

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Panel advises Little on allocating federal COVID-19 funds

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Idaho’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee sent detailed recommendations to Gov. Brad Little on April 29 on how to spend just over $152 million of Idaho’s COVID-19 relief funds. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funneled money ...

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Idaho lottery still a popular bet during pandemic worries

Despite a pandemic, many Idaho residents are apparently still feeling lucky. Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said on April 28 that ticket sales were down only about 5% the previous week, and that somebody snagged $250,000 in one the agency’s ...

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