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Tax exemptions for glasses, tools move forward (access required)

An Idaho legislative committee has approved expanding two sales taxes exemptions that could cost the state more than $4 million per year. The two proposed bills would expand existing exemptions to cover production of hand tools, and of prescription eyeglasses ...

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New company formed for agricultural use of unmanned vehicles (access required)

The three Idaho companies that received federal approval to fly drones commercially for agricultural purposes have formed a new company, Empire Unmanned. Empire Unmanned is led by Brad Ward, who is also a vice president with Advanced Aviation Solutions. Along ...

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Judge voids broadband contract, clarifies ruling

A district judge said Idaho’s troubled broadband contract is void, clarifying a November ruling that sent state officials scrambling to find a solution to preserve the state’s public schools broadband program. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen submitted his final ruling ...

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Construction to start soon on steel plant in Caldwell (access required)

Gayle Manufacturing, a Nampa and Woodland, Calif., provider of commercial structural steel for countless Silicon Valley projects and many other major northern California structures, expects to be producing all its steel in Canyon County by 2017. Gayle has been splitting ...

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Community and regional planning could be the first of several Boise State degrees to go (access required)

Boise State University is eliminating its Community and Regional Planning certificate and graduate programs, citing a dearth of students and low state funding. Boise State’s Program Prioritization planning model, completed in the summer of 2014, says three more programs will ...

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Finance Department looks to provide some relief for banks (access required)

The Idaho Department of Finance is seeking to ease some regulations on Idaho-based banks and tweak some state banking laws to comply with federal law. The legislation was introduced with one dissenting vote by the Idaho House Business Committee on ...

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Boise Co-op store in Meridian signals a pivot for Boise institution (access required)

Grocery cooperatives not all that long ago did their own thing. They stocked odd bulk foods, incense, and hyper-local produce. They featured handmade signage and attracted counter-culture shoppers. They were pretty much the only place to find natural and organic ...

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McAlvain Concrete is now a separate company (access required)

Boise construction company McAlvain Group of Companies has spun off its concrete division into a separate company called McAlvain Concrete, Inc. For many years, McAlvain has produced concrete mostly for its own construction projects, but in recent years, the company ...

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Appeals court: St. Luke’s Health System broke antitrust laws

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that determined St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group violated federal antitrust laws. The appeals court in a 37-page decision released Feb. 10 upheld ...

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