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Oregon public defenders lobby for pay, staffing overhaul

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment ...

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New office tower will soon rise downtown

The developers behind a 10-story office tower in downtown Boise say they have submitted a building permit and set firm dates for construction of the structure that will soon rise at 11th and Idaho streets. Rafanelli & Nahas, which owns ...

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Does new construction pay for itself? Yes, an economist says (access required)

photo of kuna multifamily affordable housing

Not everyone is happy with Ada County’s burgeoning growth. Homeowners faced with rising taxes to pay for infrastructure such as roads and schools, as well as increased city services, often complain that growth should pay for itself. But, by and ...

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Oil company wants royalties lawsuit moved to federal court

A Texas-based oil and gas company wants a state lawsuit alleging fraud and breached leases over Idaho natural gas royalties moved to federal court. Alta Mesa submitted notice Thursday in U.S. District Court seeking to move the complaint filed last ...

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Idaho group hopes to increase minimum wage by initiative

A citizens group is launching an initiative drive to raise Idaho’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage. The Idaho Press reports that while Idaho lawmakers haven’t raised the state’s minimum wage in a decade, 26 other states have increased theirs in ...

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Judge: Work can start on Central Idaho hiking-biking trail

Work can go forward on a trail crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley, a judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale late last week rejected a request by the owners of ...

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Small business cultures need to evolve along with work force

Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. “I learned the ‘old school’ way, but it’s changed,” says Perry, founder of Perry ...

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A word with Kevin Satterlee, president of Idaho State University

Kevin Satterlee has deep Idaho roots that run through the state’s public institutions of higher education. A fourth-generation Gem State native and self-described “small town boy,” Satterlee took on his most public role last April when he was named the ...

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