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Google to end forced arbitration for all worker disputes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google said Thursday it will no longer require that its workers settle disputes with the company through arbitration, responding to months of pressure from employees. The change will take effect March 21 and will apply to ...

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Plan to allow autonomous vehicles in Utah clears another hurdle

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal that would allow autonomous vehicles on Utah roads has passed another legislative hurdle. The Deseret News reports the unanimous committee vote on Monday sends the measure to the full Senate. It has already ...

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Survey: Half of business economists see recession by 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly half the nation’s business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021. The finding comes ...

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Report: California home sales fall to lowest level in more than 10 years

Housing demand in California remained subdued for the ninth consecutive month in January as economic and market uncertainties sent home sales to their lowest level since April 2008, the California Association of Realtors said in a new report. Closed escrow ...

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Brokers: Store closures another step in retail transformation (access required)

With the news that Payless ShoeSource will shutter its remaining stores in the next few months, the company has retained a firm to shop its leases to new tenants nationwide, including its 24 locations in Idaho. Several of the metro ...

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Bill to increase Idaho election finance transparency fails

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Legislation intended to make more public who is donating to candidates and political causes in Idaho has been put on hold after a diverse array of nonprofit groups on Friday complained it would force them to reveal donors who wished ...

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A third congressperson for Idaho is not looking likely

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Last year, it looked like Idaho could have been in line for a third congressional representative and another vote in the Electoral College. But new projections are casting doubt. Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country. But ...

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Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease. As of Tuesday, there were 63 confirmed cases ...

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Micron borrows $1.8 billion to pay off other notes (access required)

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Micron has issued a flurry of Securities and Exchange Commission filings regarding $1.8 billion in borrowing, but it’s apparently nothing to worry about. “It’s just borrowing at a lower rate to retire debt at a higher rate,” said Jim Handy, ...

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Idaho moves toward legalizing industrial hemp (access required)

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After last year’s Farm Bill made it legal nationwide, Idaho is taking steps to legalize growing and shipping of non-psychoactive cannabis products such as industrial hemp and CBD oil. Growing and shipping such products is now legal nationwide if they ...

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