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About 4 percent of Idaho firms are exporters, report says (access required)

About 4 percent of Idaho’s middle-market firms are exporting, according to a new report from Dun & Bradstreet and American Express. The report said Idaho has 546 middle-market firms, and 21 of them are engaged in exporting activities. The report ...

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Judge orders St. Luke’s, Saltzer to disclose separation plan

A federal judge has ordered a Boise-area hospital to disclose its separation plan from Idaho’s largest independent physician’s practice. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s decision comes nearly a year after St. Luke’s Health System was ordered to undo its ...

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USDA: Nearly all of Idaho affected by natural disaster areas

Federal officials say that more than 90 percent of Idaho’s counties have either been declared natural disaster areas or are bordering disaster areas because of prolonged drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Kootenai and Latah ...

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A new option for part-time Wal-Mart workers (access required)

A new Wal-Mart scheduling program called Open Shifts allows part-time workers to add shifts on their own, without going through a manager. Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and other large chains that employ many part-time workers have come under fire in recent years ...

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The Afton condo work starts on River Street (access required)

Demolition work started July 6 at River and Ninth Streets to make way for a six-story condo project called The Afton. Developer Michael Hormaechea expects to have the Associated Distributing & Leasing warehouse cleared away by mid-August and start construction ...

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Signs of progress at downtown project (access required)

The Simplot family’s Jack’s Urban Meeting Place project has been under construction for more than three years in downtown Boise. On July 8, an orange JUMP sign announcing the iconic structure went up. The sign had been installed on the ...

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Business community pushes for computer science in curriculum (access required)

Idaho’s business community is instigating an effort to change curriculum in order to produce graduates with improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It’s an industry-led effort to develop a more skilled work force. “This is going to be a game-changer,” ...

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Drones used to survey land, look at crops, sell homes in Idaho (access required)

Eight Idaho companies now have approval from the federal government to fly drones for commercial purposes, and are using the unmanned flying vehicles equipped with cameras for a variety of business uses. Reflecting the state’s farming roots, several companies are ...

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