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Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
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By Sam Hananel/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Religious hospitals don’t have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that affects retirement benefits for roughly a million workers nationwide. St. Alphonsus in the Boise area is one such hospital in Idaho impacted by the ruling. The justices
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Idaho county commissioners to hear sorghum, biogas project

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

PARMA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho county commissioners are scheduled to hear an appeal for a proposed sorghum and biogas plant in southwestern Idaho. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2qQGegw ) the Treasure Valley Renewables firm is seeking a planned unit development agreement that would allow it to manufacture or produce hazardous chemicals or gasses near Parma.
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Dads Head Out to the Ballgame as Father’s Day Spending Reaches Record-High of $15.5 Billion

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
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   For the first time in over 20 years a semi-pro baseball team takes the field at Halliwell Park. The Pocatello Grays played the Hiram Hornets Friday night. SEE A PHOTO GALLERY AT IDAHOSTATEJOURNAL.COM  .

Press Release WASHINGTON – Americans are expected to spend more than ever on gifts for Father’s Day this year with the biggest share going to special outings like a ballgame, concert or dinner, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics. Father’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an
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Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public

May 31st, 2017 | By
Ernest Hemingway working on his book For Whom the Bell Tolls at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho in December 1939. (WikiCommons Photo.)

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ownership of the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has changed hands but will stay off limits to the public. The Nature Conservancy transferred the two-story, 2,500-square-foot house in the Idaho resort town
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County taxpayers in Idaho to cover about $2.7M from lawsuit

May 31st, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho county’s taxpayers will need to cough up about $2.7 million to cover a lawsuit its officials lost against a former employee who had been fired. Ada County’s last-ditch effort Wednesday to not pay $664,527 of the former employee’s legal fees had been denied, the Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2r4Gq8X ).
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Judge blocks construction of airstrip by actor Bruce Willis

May 31st, 2017 | By

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — A judge has blocked actor Bruce Willis’ plan to build a private airstrip in central Idaho. The Idaho Mountain Express (http://bit.ly/2r6T4Gr ) reports that 5th District Judge Robert Elgee ruled that Camas County commissioners violated state law when drafting an ordinance allowing individuals to obtain conditional-use permits to build a private
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Idaho’s Water Supply Outlook – Water, Water Everywhere

May 31st, 2017 | By
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Press Release  BOISE – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has just released the fifth water supply outlook report for the 2017 water year. Precipitation since the water year started on October 1, 2016, is above or well above average across the state. The lowest amount is in the Clearwater basin at 123% of average and
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Idaho’s April Unemployment Drops to 3.4 Percent

May 31st, 2017 | By
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Idaho Department of Labor Press Release Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight labor market even further. Idaho’s labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – dropped
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Meridian Ranked 13th Nationally for Population Growth in 2016

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release Meridian’s population grew 4.5 percent in 2016, ranking it 13th nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Meridian was the state’s fastest-growing city with a population increase of 4,122 or 4.5 percent. Boise remains the largest city with a population of 223,154. Three-fourths of Idaho’s cities – 148 –
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Idaho Population Projected to Increase 15.3% by 2025

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release  A new forecasting model produced by the Idaho Department of Labor projects that the statewide population will increase by 15.3 percent from 2015 to 2025. This projection estimates that the state population will reach approximately 1,907,000 in 2025. While national population growth remains low – at approximately 0.5 percent
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