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Growing Population: Understanding and Preparing for Big Things to Come

May 10th, 2017 | By
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By Robert Spendlove/ Zions Bank Economic and Public Policy Officer The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, famously said, “the only constant is change.” This is true in all aspects of life, but it is especially true when considering population growth.  The nature of population change, including the rate, composition, and nature of population growth can have profound
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In college test prep industry, cheaper options available

May 8th, 2017 | By
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By Maria Danilova /Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn’t pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn’t have to be expensive anymore. The multimillion-dollar coaching industry is facing competition from free or low-cost alternatives in what
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Proposed Idaho med school to begin construction

May 8th, 2017 | By
Students gather outside the Idaho State University Health Sciences building at the Meridian campus. Idaho’s new for-profit medical school will be based on the campus. (Photo courtesy of Idaho State University)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed for-profit osteopathic medical school in Idaho can begin construction after receiving the necessary approval from a national accreditation agency. Officials announced Thursday that the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine had received its pre-accreditation status. This allows the school plans to break ground May 17 and open its doors
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Idaho business defends plan to sell marijuana extract oil

May 8th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small business owner in southwestern Idaho says he plans on selling oil extracted from marijuana despite operating in a state with strict drug laws. Mike Larsen, who co-owns Welcomed Science, tells KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/2qw1reJ ) that he believes Idaho law allows businesses to sell the mature stalk of a marijuana plant.
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Montana & Idaho CDC Helps Young St. Anthony Entrepreneur Open Gourmet Burger Grill

May 4th, 2017 | By
Krysten Davis is opening her Idaho Burger Grill on May 8 in St. Anthony.

Journal Staff ST. ANTHONY – A young St. Anthony entrepreneur opened a new gourmet burger restaurant in late April with the help of a loan from the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation. The grand opening will be held May 8 at 11 a.m. Idaho Burger Grill is the longtime dream of 24-year-old St. Anthony
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ISU to offer Master of Taxation degree

May 4th, 2017 | By
ISU students help prepare taxes through one of the school's tax help programs.

By Kendra Evensen/kevensen@journalnet.com POCATELLO – Idaho State University will begin offering a new degree this fall: a Master of Taxation (MTax). The Idaho State Board of Education approved the program, proposed by ISU’s College of Business, earlier this year. University officials say the specialized degree will not only provide another career path for students, but will
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AAA: Many drivers not prepared for repair blindside

May 4th, 2017 | By

By AAA BOISE — Drivers across the country will soon budget for a family vacation or bucket list adventure, but on their next road trip, great food and attractive accommodations may only be the tip of the financial iceberg, according to a new survey by AAA. The new survey shows that one out of three
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Is the ‘American Dream’ fading?

May 4th, 2017 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal As America emerges onto the other side of the Great Recession, a new generation isn’t enamored with the white picket fence version of the American dream. For decades, the economy has churned on the idea that we are working for something more than just money — we want to climb
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Here comes the sun: New solar projects are creating a price problem for local utilities

May 4th, 2017 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal This year in Southeast Idaho the sun is shining, the wind is blowing and the water is rushing — creating a boom in renewable electricity generation. As the grid overflows with power, homeowners are also tossing open the shutters and letting spring breezes do the work of their thermostats. Supply
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Idaho Supreme Court schedules veto challenge arguments

May 3rd, 2017 | By
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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) — Proponents of a lawsuit challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of a grocery tax bill will have a chance to present their arguments in front of the Idaho Supreme Court. The state’s highest court scheduled oral arguments for the case for June 15. The court also ordered Secretary of State Lawerence
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