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Natural foods retailer to farmers: Let cows graze

Cows should be outside. That’s the position of a Colorado-based grocery store chain that recently announced it will carry only dairy products from farms where cows graze in pastures. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of ...

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Despite closures, food processing is going strong in most of Idaho (access required)

Although the closure of three J.R. Simplot Company plants will be a heavy blow in southeastern Idaho, the number of food processing jobs in the state at large has remained steady. According to statistics from the Idaho Department of Labor, ...

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Driving? Taking that call could cost you (access required)

Answering the phone could cost you $500. And if that doesn’t get the message across to Franklin Building Supply drivers, a new policy meant to curtail distracted driving says violations can lead to higher fines and eventually, termination. “The reasoning ...

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US new-home sales rose 6.4 percent in April

Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago. The Commerce Department said May 23 that sales ...

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Health systems look to the cloud for storing, sharing data (access required)

Hospitals are generating data every day, as doctor’s visits and laboratory tests become part of patients’ electronic records. The growing amount is raising challenges and opportunities in how to store, retrieve and share that data. Increasingly, hospitals are heading to ...

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Bank of the Cascades-Home Federal merger completed (access required)

Bank of the Cascades completed its $265 million acquisition of Home Federal Bank. The combined bank closed six branches because of the close proximity to other bank branches. The bank also pledged to lend $2 billion in the next three ...

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First-time homebuyers feel the pinch (access required)

First-time homebuyers are feeling the pinch as they try to enter a competitive housing market. According to data from the National Association of Realtors, first-time buyers accounted for 26 percent of home purchases in January 2014, down from 27 percent ...

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