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Checks go out to Idaho small businesses in workers comp settlement (access required)

The checks are finally in the mail to more than 30,000 Idaho small businesses from a $6.9 million settlement with the Idaho State Insurance Fund. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that the businesses were entitled to dividends from ...

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Idaho highway panel finds $543 million in needs

A state task force on transportation funding has determined Idaho will need to come up with an additional $543 million annually to fully address its needs to maintain highways and bridges. The 15-member panel finished its work Tuesday at the ...

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Downtowners pan proposal to tear down Qwest Arena

Downtown real estate broker Bryant Forrester thinks it’s “the craziest idea I’ve heard.” The executive director of Boise’s urban renewal agency, Phil Kushlan, said “it sounds like it’s a stretch.” Bill Ilett, managing investor of the Idaho Stampede, said it’s ...

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Small business owners rally for change (access required)

Chef Lou Aaron had bad news for his employees at their monthly meeting. “I said, ‘We might be forced to cancel healthcare and pay the fine not to have it,” said Aaron, who provides insurance to about 10 of the ...

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Idaho highway panel could set tone of 2011 session

The 2011 Idaho Legislature could be a rancorous session pitting truckers against drivers of smaller vehicles over how much they pay for road work. Or highway funding could become just a side issue, delayed yet again as lawmakers refuse to ...

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No decision made in U.S. 12 shipping hearing

Idaho Transportation Department hearing officer Merlyn W. Clark made no decision on whether to allow the over-sized loads at the Port of Lewiston to move on U.S. 12 from Idaho to Montana. Following a two-hour hearing Nov. 19, Clark said ...

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Group: Idaho poll shows support for cig tax hike

An anti-smoking group aiming to convince Idaho lawmakers to raise tobacco taxes has released a poll showing residents favor hiking the 57-cent-per-pack cigarette tax. The American Cancer Society- and Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids-led coalition said Thursday 50 percent of 500 ...

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