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Report: Idaho construction wages are rising in response to worker shortage (access required)

A national survey of construction companies reveals that Idaho employers are raising wages to attract more workers. The Associated General Contractors of America in a June-July-August survey of more than 2,500 construction companies determined 60 percent of construction companies said ...

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Portland gains net-zero-energy rental units (access required)

Amid efforts at the federal level to repeal and roll back environmentally conscious regulations, some builders are continuing to strive to exceed them. One is Green Hammer Inc. The design-build firm, based in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, has built a ...

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New apartments sprout all over Rexburg (access required)

Drive around Rexburg and it only takes a few seconds to come upon another apartment construction project. In a city with a 2017 population of 28,377, Rexburg since 2013 has seen construction starts for 30 apartment complexes with 2,020 units ...

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Idaho coalition to fight ‘historical horse racing’

An Idaho group of state and local political leaders launched a statewide effort on Sept. 5 to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize “historical horse racing.” The group, known as Idaho United Against Prop 1, announced it was releasing ...

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US trade deficit widened to $50.1 billion in July

The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records. The Commerce Department said ...

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Legislation expands use of telemedicine for Medicare (access required)

Federal legislation has expanded the use of telemedicine for Medicare as this technology reaches from urgent care to home care and, at least in the long run, offers the potential to reduce costs while improving access. The Creating High-Quality Results ...

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Apprentices learn manufacturing in Magic Valley

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High school students in the Magic Valley are participating in apprenticeships to help them learn manufacturing skills. Similar to the software engineering apprenticeship program and the healthcare apprenticeship program the Department of Labor also offers, the manufacturing apprenticeship program – focused ...

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Companies seeking weight limit increases on US 93, Idaho 75

Two companies have asked the Idaho Transportation Department to allow heavier trucks on a dozen south-central Idaho bridges each year. The Times-News reports the proposed weight limit increase could mean fewer but heavier trucks on sections of U.S. 93 and ...

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