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US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years ...

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Shaping walls, dispelling myths: Sun Valley builders work to restore hemp’s good name (access required)

Hemp construction is receiving a boost in Sun Valley from two companies that are promoting it as a breathable, biodegradable, fire-resistant and recyclable alternative to traditional building materials. Blake Eagle, a longtime builder and the owner of Blake Eagle Construction ...

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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide (access required)

Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The region covering Oregon, Washington, ...

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Game developers Tanuki move from Seattle to Boise (access required)

The husband-and-wife team behind Tanuki Entertainment, which makes casual mobile and online games, has relocated to Boise from Seattle. Founder Matthew Gillikin said the low cost of living, mild weather and exisiting personal relationships led him and his wife Susie ...

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PennStarter looking to the crowd for investors (access required)

Northern Idaho firm Pennaluna & Co. is starting to do something most brokers-dealers don’t do: advertise companies that they’re raising funds for. Following provisions of the federal JOBS Act, Pennaluna has launched PennStarter, a portal for early-stage companies seeking funding ...

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Idaho, Utah ag-gag laws face federal court challenges

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states ...

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Credit unions flourish, outpacing banks

Idaho’s credit unions have more than doubled in size in the past decade, recently leading the nation in growth and surpassing the steady increase of the state’s banks. The two types of financial services companies are playing by different rules ...

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Dodd-Frank links title companies to bank reform (access required)

Local title companies and banks are starting to prepare for new federal rules that that will place their businesses under the same regulatory umbrella. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which Congress approved four years ago to ...

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EEOC’s background check rules remain controversial (access required)

A two-year-old EEOC policy warning employers against the overly broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires continues to draw fire. Employers, business groups and lawmakers say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst. The ...

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New tools are a game-changer for designers and builders (access required)

When Kent Hanway and John Maulin, principals at CSHQA, were studying architecture at the University of Idaho in the mid-1980s, they did most of their work by hand, drafting in pencil on sheets of tracing paper. Computer-assisted drafting, or CAD, ...

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