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Idaho’s e-cigarette industry prepares for new rules (access required)

Employee Kaleigh Minshall pours liquid into an e-cigarette at the Vapor Outlet in Meridian. Photo by Deanna Darr.

Treasure Valley electronic cigarette business owners are anticipating big changes as cities, states and national authorities begin adopting rules governing the sale and use of e-cigarettes. “We’ve been waiting for the FDA to put something down for years now,” said ...

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Bourbon distillery starting in Boise (access required)

Mike Nicholson with Idaho Bourbon Distillers with an oak barrel, which gives bourbon some of its color and flavor during the aging process. Photo by Pete Grady.

Matthew Nicholson is planning to open his new distillery, Idaho Bourbon Distillery, in May. He’ll be selling vodka and moonshine while he waits for his titular product to age in charred oak barrels. “The hardest part about a distillery is ...

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Good farming years bring stability to farm banks (access required)

Strong prices for dairy, cattle and other Idaho agricultural products have helped the state's farmers and farm banks. Photo by Pete Grady.

Farm banks in Idaho, like those across the U.S., had a strong 2013 and expect to fare well in 2014. The 2013 Farm Bank Performance Report from the American Bankers Association showed that farm banks across the country provided almost ...

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After stress test, Zions could add capital (access required)

Zions Bank is resubmitting its capital plan to the Federal Reserve after its tier one capital ratio failed the Fed's stress test. Photo by Brad Iverson-Long.

Zions Bank was the only bank in a recent Federal Reserve stress test to fail part of the test. The Salt Lake City-based bank with a new downtown Boise office is in a sound financial state right now. A bank ...

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US home prices dip in Jan. for 3rd straight month

A house in the Paramount subdivision in Meridian.  Photo by Pete Grady.

U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by cold weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, ...

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First phase of Highway 16 to be completed this summer (access required)

Concrete Placing Company crews work on the Highway 16 Extension near the Boise River and between State Street and Chinden Boulevard. Work will wrap up in August. Photo by Pete Grady.

The first phase of the nearly $39 million Highway 16 extension project in Ada County is expected to be finished this summer. The extension is designed to connect State Street to Chinden Boulevard at Highway 16, with the eventual goal ...

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Tax commission seeing more identity theft on tax returns (access required)


The Idaho State Tax Commission worked with five Idahoans who said they were victims of identity theft in 2011. Last year, they worked with 170 such people. Typically, such cases happen when someone acquires a taxpayer’s Social Security number, then ...

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As pet status rises in households, Idaho bar prepares its members (access required)


Animal law is typically a low-paying specialty, the domain of lawyers willing to trade their time to help an animal. But as pets take on a larger role in the household, and in the share of the household budget, the ...

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Legal worries spur changes to Commerce’s economic incentives plan

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An economic incentives bill approved by both the Idaho House and Senate was pulled back on March 17 amid constitutional concerns, but a revised version was approved by the Senate two days later. The attorney general’s office had warned that ...

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