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Supreme Court leaves most greenhouse gas regs in place (access required)

States and business groups challenging controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions won a battle, but largely lost the war, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left the agency’s regulatory scheme largely intact. “The court’s holding ...

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Wage and hour battles on the rise

When McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson recently said his company would be likely to support a bill increasing the minimum wage to $10.10, it was a small step toward victory in what has become an international campaign highlighting accusations of low ...

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Traditional homebuilding is recovering, but log home sales lag (access required)

Companies that build traditional homes are busy in the post-recession recovery. But log home builders are still waiting for their market to catch fire again. Construction of log homes dropped 78 percent between a peak in 2003 and 2012, according ...

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Big summer ahead in Idaho for rules on remote medical practice

Efforts to set up guidelines for remote medical services in Idaho are gathering momentum this summer, with the formation of a new state Telehealth Council in June and an important conference on telehealth planned in August. Doctors, administrators, and regulators ...

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ITD weighs requests for heavier truck allowances

The Idaho Transportation Department is weighing requests to allow trucks that weigh up to 129,000 pounds on more non-interstate, state-maintained highways. Starting with a pilot project in 2003, the state has been allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 to use ...

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Expanding Medicaid could save Idaho $176 million (access required)

A working group examining Medicaid expansion has received new estimates saying that a public or private model to expand Medicaid would save the state money. But lawmakers on the panel say those options are unlikely and that the state should ...

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The top 10 issues facing commercial real estate this year (access required)

There are a number of big issues facing the national commercial real estate industry, but some of the largest appear to be related to the energy sector, jobs and the growing influence of the millennial generation. These issues topped the ...

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Marble Bridge opens Boise office (access required)

Marble Bridge Funding Group, which offers loans based on accounts receivables and purchase orders for small companies, has opened its first office outside California in downtown Boise. Company CEO Paul Candau chose Boise based on his experience in the city. ...

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US home building declined 6.5 percent in May

The pace of U.S home construction slipped in May with many Americans still struggling to afford new houses. Builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate on 1.01 million homes last month, the Commerce Department said June 17. That ...

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Employers offer wellness programs and hope for cost savings (access required)

Heidi Martin travels the Treasure Valley regularly to administer a wellness program for Saint Alphonsus Health System workers in the Treasure Valley. Martin assists with blood draws, the gathering of data such as height, weight and blood pressure, and with ...

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