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Compact fast reactor proposed for eastern Idaho nuclear site

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A California company wants to build and operate a compact fast nuclear reactor in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that it has accepted a license application submitted by Oklo Inc., to build a ...

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Frontier backs down from Northern Idaho broadband claim (access required)

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Frontier Communications appears to be backing off from a claim that would have eliminated 300 census tracts in Idaho from federal funding to improve their broadband internet connections. In a May 23 letter to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch, Ken Mason, senior vice ...

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Seattle, Denver, other tech hubs may have edge in housing recovery (access required)

Tech hubs have shown more resilience in housing sales as the nation reopens after COVID-19 thanks to their strong economies. For the week of June 13, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area topped a realtor.com list of Top 10 most recovered markets. Boston-Cambridge-Newton ...

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Ada County reverts to Stage 3, closes bars as of June 24 (access required)

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Central District Health announced on June 22 that Ada County will return to Stage 3 restrictions with the additional restriction that bars and nightclubs will close on June 24 after an upswing in COVID-19 cases. After attempting to address a ...

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Governor Brad Little out to slay more red-tape dragons (access required)

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Gov. Brad Little is still on his quest to rescue Princess Idaho from red-tape dragons. At a June 22 press conference, Little signed a new executive order to make the temporary streamlining of state rules for the COVID-19 crisis into ...

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A word with Christopher Pooser, partner at Stoel Rives, on the Main Street Relief Project (access required)

COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for companies of every size, but small businesses are often more vulnerable to economic upheavals. Lacking the resources to weather the storm, many are battling to continue operations. To help these businesses survive, reopen and reestablish themselves, Stoel ...

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Fannie Mae: U.S. economic growth expectations largely unchanged as some lockdown restrictions ease (access required)

Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group has some good news about the economy. Headline growth expectations on a quarterly and full-year basis were only slightly changed compared to last month, the organization reported in mid-June. The ESR Group now expects ...

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Breakfast Series Report: Idaho tourism confronts COVID-19 (access required)

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When COVID-19 hit Idaho in March, every industry was affected, but few were harder hit than tourism. Air travel dwindled to a few half-empty planes; hotels were virtual ghost towns. The story was the same across the country, and the ...

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Hammering it home: COVID-19 fails to derail Americans’ plans for home renovations (access required)

A new national survey found that COVID-19 has not slowed home renovation plans. Seventy-three percent of homeowners are planning to renovate this year, according to a May 2020 LightStream home improvement pulse survey conducted by Wakefield Research. This is down slightly ...

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A word with Consul General of Canada, Brandon Lee (access required)

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No other country, aside from the United States itself, is as important to Idaho business as Canada. Our nearest foreign neighbor is not only the largest source of Idaho exports but also participates in many important partnerships ranging from agriculture ...

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