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US home construction tumbled 4.7 percent in September

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Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the ...

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US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

Cattle grazing in desert pasture.

The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said ...

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Lawsuit: Supervisor threatened to strangle state worker

A former Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the agency that includes an allegation that a male supervisor threatened to strangle her with an extension cord. The seven-page lawsuit filed the week ...

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Alaskan picked to lead regional EPA office

Alaska state commerce commissioner Chris Hladick has been chosen to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office based in Seattle. Hladick will join the agency in December, the EPA said Oct. 16. Hladick will leave his state role Nov. ...

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Bare Metal Standard announces IPO (access required)

A Bare Metal Standard employee cleans a fan. Photo courtesy of Bare Metal Standard.

A small Boise company in an obscure industry has big expansion plans pending a successful initial public offering. Bare Metal Standard specializes in cleaning hood and exhaust systems in commercial kitchens, where oil and grease build-up creates fire hazards. The ...

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Bogus Basin is unveiling new attractions as ski season nears (access required)

"Glade Runner" is the new mountain coaster that will be opening this fall at Bogus Basin. Photo courtesy of Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Locals who haven’t made the drive to Bogus Basin since last ski season will find a number of improvements in and around the Simplot Lodge area. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has built a 12,000-square- foot heated plaza area just ...

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