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Virus spurs unexpected test for US schools: Online learning

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NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus shutdowns have launched an unplanned, unprecedented experiment with online education at schools across the U.S., and the nation’s largest school system plunged in Monday as New York City asked over 1.1 million students to ...

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Vacasa grapples with fallout of COVID-19 coronavirus (access required)

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It would be an understatement to say that times are tough for all aspects of the travel and vacation industry, and Vacasa — which maintains a headquarters in Boise as well as in Portland — is no exception. The company said it ...

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COVID-19 hits hotel industry hard (access required)

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Adam Altwies, manager of Boise’s Inn at 500 Capital, has worked in hospitality for years, but he has never seen anything like the coronavirus. “My occupancy is way down,” he said. “This isn’t like the downturn for 9/11 or the ...

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Blackfoot murals a draw for locals, visitors (access required)

A small investment in outdoor art has paid big dividends for one Eastern Idaho community’s downtown. “Blackfoot has tried several things to spruce-up downtown and revive its downtown businesses, and the real stand-out success of all of those has been ...

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Downtown Boise may challenge alternative transportation users, but City Go panelists assert that they are undeterred (access required)

Boise has a number of alternative transportation avenues in addition to people driving their own cars, but each method has its own challenges, according to alternative transportation advocates at a recent panel discussion. Lisa Brady, Jordan Morales, Russ Stoddard and ...

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First-time homebuyer savings accounts passed by Legislature (access required)

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The Legislature wants to give potential first-time homebuyers a tax break to encourage them to save up to buy a house. House Bill 589, which establishes first-time homebuyer savings accounts, passed the Idaho House with a vote of 47 – 23 ...

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Amended affirmative action ban passes Legislature (access required)

The legislation for an affirmative action ban has passed the Idaho Legislature — but with an amendment that will protect federal funding contingent on federal affirmative action or related diversity requirements, which had been a concern related to transportation dollars. House ...

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