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Lotus goes out-of-state for bank financing (access required)

Lotus Vaping Technologies is a growing distributor and seller of e-cigarette equipment and “e-juice,” but the Garden City company had to go out of state to get a line of credit at a bank. After looking unsuccessfully in Idaho, Lotus ...

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Auto lending revs up (access required)

Even as some competitors exit the space, many banks are ramping up automobile lending. With rates at near-historic lows, car sales are soaring. That hasn’t stopped Florida-based BankUnited from ending its auto-lending operations – sources say the shutdown is in ...

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As refinancing slows, lenders loosen their strings (access required)

With mortgage refinancing slowing significantly, lenders are easing up on certain stringent standards and casting a wider customer net. But some mortgage brokers say the changes won’t do much to attract business, since the loans come with bigger down payments ...

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Genetically modified foods confuse US consumers

Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says they don’t need to be labeled. But in the first major victory for consumers who ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rulings could check ‘patent troll’ claims (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court rulings giving federal District Court judges more flexibility in awarding attorney fees to prevailing parties in patent suits could help curb the recent uptick in abusive patent litigation. Decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & ...

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Study says staging doesn’t help, but realtors beg to differ (access required)

Many realtors swear by the practice of staging homes, arranging furniture, wall coverings and knicknacks to show what a home for sale would look like if it were occupied. But an academic study called “The Impact of Staging Conditions on ...

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Townhomes to go up at organic nursery site in Boise (access required)

Nearly 30 townhomes are planned at the site of the North End Organic Nursery in Boise. Located at 2350 W. Hill Road, the 3.3-acre property is under contract for purchase and development of 29 two-and-three bedroom townhomes, said North End ...

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New ownership group to open former Hunter’s Point as RedHawk Golf Course (access required)

A new ownership group plans to reopen the former Hunter’s Point Golf Course and development in Nampa this summer. The course, four miles south of downtown Nampa, has been renamed RedHawk Golf Course. Its ownership group, Canyon Golf Partners, is ...

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SpurWing turns a corner (access required)

The 250-acre SpurWing private golf club and housing development in northwest Meridian once faced an uncertain future. Its original developers went bankrupt, and in 2011 a new ownership group took over. Now club membership has doubled to 380 golfing members ...

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