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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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Transportation Coalition looking to build support for roadwork money (access required)

Idaho’s roads face a large shortfall in funding, with efforts to find more money going nowhere for the past five years. Now, a group that supports spending more on road maintenance and improvements, likely through tax increases, is trying to ...

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New Jazz deal for Stampede could mean more NBA players in Idaho (access required)

Idaho Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said the minor league basketball team should have a better relationship with the Utah Jazz than it did with the Portland Trail Blazers. And more young Jazz players will likely end up suiting up ...

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Atlanta firm will oversee Boise Centre expansion (access required)

The Greater Boise Auditorium District Board of Directors has selected tvsdesign, based in Atlanta, to help design and oversee the Boise Centre’s expansion and renovation. The company has designed some 70 convention center projects globally. That design team includes local ...

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Homebuilder takes aim at getting millennials into their first home (access required)

As the number of first time-homebuyers has dipped nationwide, a local builder has created a program aimed at getting more young people into new homes faster. However, a changing view of home ownership by millennials could force the housing industry ...

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Q & A: Doug Dammrose of Mountain Health CO-OP (access required)

Doug Dammrose is executive director of Mountain Health CO-OP, a nonprofit health insurance company in Eagle that is gearing up to start offering insurance on the Idaho health insurance exchange this fall. Health CO-OPs were created by the Affordable Care ...

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Hospital group sues government over two-midnights rule (access required)

Hospitals are suing the federal government over its decision to pay inpatient reimbursement rates only if patients spend “two midnights” in facilities. As of Oct. 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted what’s become known as the ...

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Beaver Creek trail closures hit Wood River cyling (access required)

Chip Deffe is concerned about his tourism revenue prospects this summer. As owner and operator of ski and bicycle shop Sun Summit South in Hailey for 20 years, Deffe said his business will be hurt by hiking and biking trail ...

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Regence parent Cambia looking to invest in med-tech companies (access required)

The parent company of Regence BlueShield of Idaho is seeking to invest in medical technology startups, and the one of the firm’s leaders says that Idaho is developing a cluster of med-tech companies that could make for a promising investment. ...

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