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Idaho/Canadian lumber trade in focus

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
Tom Edwards poses for a portrait with his chain saw and logging clothes, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in the woods near Spanaway, Wash. Edwards was not cutting trees the day the photo was taken, and work has been slow this season for him. Despite working as a logger all his life, he is pessimistic about his chances of ever retiring, an opinion common among blue-collar baby boomers in the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

By Journal Staff and AP Reports A mere 850 meters  separates Idaho towns from Canadian ones. When it comes to trade, the state and the country are even closer. Canada is Idaho’s no. 1 customer. Total Canada–Idaho goods trade is $1.9 billion in 2016. Before sunrise Tuesday in Washington, President Donald Trump went on Twitter
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Idaho Supreme Court finds errors in grocery tax lawsuit

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has found several errors in a lawsuit filed by 30 lawmakers challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto on a bill that would have repealed the state’s sales tax on groceries. According to Wednesday’s order, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney didn’t receive the lawsuit at the same
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Idaho job growth slows, unemployment still on the decline

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
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BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Labor says preliminary estimates show the state’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in March to 3.5 percent. The state also saw a slow in job growth to 2.7 percent last month. Burley Economic Development Director Doug Manning tells The Times-News (http://bit.ly/2pTP9d0 ) that he thinks everyone in the
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Right-wing radio host Alex Jones responds to Chobani lawsuit

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
The Chobani plant in Twin Falls. (Photo by Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Journal)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he’s not backing down in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani. Jones, in a video posted on his Youtube channel Tuesday, said with no proof that billionaire George Soros was behind the lawsuit. Soros, who Jones called
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Smartphones to blame for increase in auto crashes and pedestrian deaths; insurance costs impacted

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
teen texting and driving

  Press Release BOISE  – Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that should be avoided, but recent studies and data point to startling increases in auto crashes as well as pedestrian deaths, which are the highest in 20 years. Insurers note that while various forms of distraction are contributing factors to these increases, smartphone use
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C of I receives 2017 Best Value School Award

Apr 26th, 2017 | By

Press Release CALDWELL – The College of Idaho’s dedication to providing students with a top-dollar education at a fair price has received national recognition, with the C of I earning a 2017 Best Value School Award. The award, which is issued by University Research & Review, recognizes not only affordability, but also the value students
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Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for 16 Idaho Counties with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

Press Release BOISE – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for 16 counties in Idaho. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by blizzard, excessive snow, excessive rain, freeze, flooding, flash flooding and high winds that occurred on
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Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

Apr 24th, 2017 | By
Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and CEO of Chobani announces the new paid family leave policy to employees in New York Wednesday.

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani says that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the
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Lawmakers urge Idaho Supreme Court to reconsider veto ruling

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By
Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

By Kimberlee Kruesi /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of 30 lawmakers, including some legislative leaders, is urging the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 40-year-old ruling on when the governor can veto a bill. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, lawmakers contend that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter violated the Idaho Constitution
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Idaho’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.5 Percent

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By

Idaho DOL Press Release Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in March, down one tenth of a percent from 3.6 percent in February. March marks the 78th straight month of over-the-year labor force gains. However, preliminary numbers for March show Idaho’s first labor force month-to-month decline in two years with a decrease
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