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Family Dollar will shutter stores; unclear how many in the Gem State (access required)

Family Dollar stores and their employees in Idaho are facing a murky future with the news that 390 underperforming locations will close this year in the U.S. and another 200 will switch to the Dollar Tree brand. The closures will ...

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Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday. Details of the exit package ...

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Businesses upbeat about own prospects, wary about economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Small and mid-size business owners are upbeat about their companies, but also a little wary about the economy. That’s the finding of a survey released last week by researchers at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School and ...

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US adds just 20K jobs; unemployment dips to 3.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been depressed by harsh winter weather and the ...

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Lawmakers open bill on new federal lands council to changes

A bill that would create a legislative council on federal land issues has been sent to the full Senate for possible changes after a panel of lawmakers heard from a handful of citizens concerned by the proposal. Roughly 150 people ...

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San Jose, Calif. has nation’s lowest homeowner vacancy rate; Denver third lowest

San Jose, California has the nation’s lowest homeowner vacancy rate — the proportion of homeowner housing inventory that is vacant for sale — followed closely by Minneapolis and Denver. That’s according to a new study from LendingTree, the online loan marketplace, which ranked the nation’s 50 ...

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Data center tax exemption likely dead for session (access required)

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As the Idaho Legislature winds down for the session, another business-oriented bill appears to be falling by the wayside, this one a sales tax exemption on equipment for data centers. After several similar attempts failed over the past few years, ...

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Cities protest Legislature’s proposed urban renewal bill (access required)

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Idaho cities that have used urban renewal funding for economic development purposes are concerned about a bill working its way through the Legislature that would require a vote of the people for a wide variety of such projects. The bill, ...

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Primary Health Medical Group opens pediatric urgent care in Meridian (access required)

Primary Health Medical Group has opened the metro area’s first clinic with a strong focus on pediatric urgent care. That’s good news for the Valley’s parents and guardians, who will be the first to tell you that kids never get ...

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