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Idaho is falling back as a home cash sales leader (access required)

Cash home sales are retreating across the country and, in Idaho, cash home sales in April dropped below 40 percent for the first time since November 2009, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. Idaho in April also dropped back ...

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Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest (access required)

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. The National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage ...

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A word with David Oster of Paksense (access required)

David Oster is the CEO of Paksense, a Boise company that makes temperature sensors that provide food retailers with information about perishable products. Paksense was founded by Tom Jensen, who received his first patents on the technology in 2004. Oster, ...

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School broadband costs climb

Idaho’s high school broadband costs are trending upward — but the local Internet contracts still represent big savings from the defunct Idaho Education Network. In the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest, high-speed Internet costs could climb from $4,200 a ...

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FBI, Labor Department investigating Vann’s bankruptcy

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor are investigating the bankruptcy of a Montana appliance and electronics store that rendered its Employee Stock Ownership Plan worthless. The FBI notified former Vann’s Inc. employees who participated in the plan of ...

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Navy considers Idaho for site to process nuclear fuel

The U.S. Navy wants to build a $1.6 billion facility at a federal nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle spent fuel from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships. The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy are taking public comments ...

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US homebuilder sentiment hits highest level since 2005 (access required)

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the housing boom a decade ago. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released July 16 rose ...

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Apartment construction drives US homebuilding surge in June

U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters The Commerce Department said July 17 that housing starts in ...

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Auction Frogs founder takes over event franchising company (access required)

Kristi Saucerman in the past eight years has gone from being a stay-at-home mom to expanding her company Auction Frogs from a hobby into a business. Now she’s becoming CEO of Plan Ahead Events, a franchising event planning company that ...

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