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Mermaid tail craze started with Idaho Falls grandmother

May 16th, 2017 | By
Fin Fun in Idaho Falls began making mermaid tails in 2010. Since their first product launch, the company has gone global and made the Inc. 500 list.

Press Release  IDAHO FALLS — Mermaids are diving into pools across America this summer, and it all started with a mom-and-pop shop in Idaho Falls. Karen and Jerry Browning are the founders of Fin Fun. The company originated the patented swimmable spandex mermaid tail and monofin in 2010. In 2009 Karen’s granddaughter, Emily, asked her Grandma repeatedly to
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Idaho business defends plan to sell marijuana extract oil

May 8th, 2017 | By

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 ( ) that he believes Idaho law allows businesses to sell the mature stalk of a marijuana plant.
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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

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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The new fast food? Convenience stores add hot, cheap options

May 1st, 2017 | By

By Candice Choi /AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Saying “convenience store food” may make people think of spinning hot dogs by the counter, but places like 7-Eleven are expanding their hot food offerings in hopes of stealing customers away from fast-food chains. The push by convenience stores into hot, fast, affordable foods
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Thai police say arrest warrant issued for Red Bull heir

Apr 28th, 2017 | By

By Kaweewit Kaewjinda /Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — A Bangkok court on Friday approved an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of a deadly hit-and-run accident, Thai police said, moving the case forward after almost five years without charges being pressed. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya is accused of fleeing
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New store coming to Pine Ridge Mall

Apr 27th, 2017 | By
The Pine Ridge Mall announced the addition of Shoe Dept. Encore Thursday. The 12,000 square feet addition will be one of the mall's larger non-anchor tenants.

By Sarah Glenn CHUBBUCK — Five now-shuttered storefronts at the Pine Ridge Mall are getting a new long-term lease tenant at the end of 2017. Shoe Dept. Encore will offer shoes for every size and every age, along with handbags and accessories. “With 1,123 stores operating nationwide and a focus on local community activities, Shoe
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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 ( ) 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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