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Health care, schools top finance-heavy agenda in states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering ...

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Growing Nevada marijuana sales near $42 million in October

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New numbers show Nevada marijuana sales are continuing to grow. The Nevada Department of Taxation announced Monday that Nevada had nearly $42 million in marijuana sales in October, which generated $8.24 million in tax revenue for ...

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A look at some of the biggest Idaho stories of 2018

With tax cuts, hunting scandals, a mass stabbing and a battle for health care, it’s been a busy year for Idaho. A look at some of the biggest stories that changed the state in 2018: A NEW GOVERNOR Idaho voters ...

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Ada County home sales drop, prices rise in November (access required)

Fewer single-family homes sold in Ada County in November compared to a year ago, and the average residential sales price is up. This continues October real estate trends, according to a new report by Boise Regional Realtors. The trade group ...

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The year in review: Technology (access required)

Growth in Idaho’s, particularly Boise’s, technology startup community, was a major theme in 2018, according to industry watchers. “2018 was a milestone year for the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Tiam Rastegar, executive director of Trailhead, the downtown Boise coworking space. Rick ...

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US pending home sales slipped 0.7 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index ...

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Wells Fargo pays $575 million to settle state investigations

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating fake accounts opened without the knowledge of customers and a string of ...

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Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho. The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a ...

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Medicaid expansion on the ‘must address’ list for lawmakers

Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort. Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr said the agency expects to submit its amended state ...

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