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More Idahoans have bank accounts, but underbanked population soars

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
Bank Teller Counting Money for Customer --- Image by © Duncan Smith/Corbis

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO – It’s not cheap being poor. The pinch that comes with a checking account maintenance fee or overdraft charge can make or break someone on the edge. And while the cost of banking, or the ghosts of past bad banking situations, scare some away from opening accounts altogether, the number
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More Idahoans have bank accounts, but underbanked population soars

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
Bank Teller Counting Money for Customer --- Image by © Duncan Smith/Corbis

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO — It’s not cheap being poor. The pinch that comes with a checking-account maintenance fee or overdraft charge can make or break someone on the edge. And while the cost of banking, or the ghosts of past bad-banking situations, scare some away from opening accounts altogether, the number
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ISU launches health informatics master’s program

Oct 25th, 2016 | By
Kevin Parker, Ph.D., teaches a course Monday for the new Masters of Science degree in Health Informatics the Idaho State University College of Business in Pocatello.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO — Doctors are burning out at record rates and studies say that hours spent inputting information into clunky electronic medical records systems are to blame. Patients show up at their local pharmacy, expecting a much-needed prescription only to find that the electronic ordering system didn’t work. Modern healthcare
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ON Semiconductor in Pocatello produces products used around the world

Oct 21st, 2016 | By
ON Semiconductor employee Brody Schwab examines a silicone wafer. (Josh Friesen/Idaho State Journal)

By Josh Friesen jfriesen@journalnet.com POCATELLO — Chances are that a piece of technology you own houses a computer chip made by ON Semiconductor. And because ON Semiconductor’s manufacturing plant in Pocatello aims to double its production over the next handful of years, those chances are going to be greater that your phone, car or tablet
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Great Western Malting in Pocatello to hire a dozen more workers

Oct 19th, 2016 | By
Great Western Malting is hiring a dozen more employees at its malt plant in Pocatello.

By Journal Staff POCATELLO — Great Western Malting’s malt manufacturing plant in Pocatello is increasing its workforce from 32 employees to 44, according to a press release issued by the Idaho Department of Labor. The Pocatello site received a $39,685 training grant from the Idaho Department of Labor. The full-time, permanent positions will average $22.84
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Harper’s Homemade bread acquired by Aberdeen company

Oct 17th, 2016 | By
Harper’s Homemade Bread is sold in stores across the region, including Costco. By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO — There’s a new owner behind Harper’s Homemade Bread. The yellow, red or green packaging that fills shelves from Costco to WinCo and many area markets in between was recently acquired by the Aberdeen-based Driscoll Management Company. According to Jordan Driscoll, the company’s business manager, two of the three
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Allstate Contact Center adding 30 jobs in Chubbuck

Oct 11th, 2016 | By
Allstate employees gather outside the insurance company's Chubbuck offices. Allstate announced recently that it plans to add about 30 more employees in the call center.

CHUBBUCK — One of Chubbuck’s largest employers is expanding. Allstate’s Contact Center will add about 30 positions over the next three to six months, company hiring officials said. “The Idaho Contact Center is celebrating five years in Southeast Idaho,” said Katie Sobolewski of Allstate Corporate Relations in an e-mailed statement. “During that time, we have
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US wants to build Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

Oct 9th, 2016 | By
20th CBRNE Command’s Nuclear Disablement Team members in a reactor control-room simulator determine the necessary steps to safely shut down the reactor at Idaho National Laboratory in October 2015.

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy want to build a $1.6 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that would handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships through at least 2060. The new facility is needed to keep nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines
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Chobani to grant paid parental leave in 2017

Oct 5th, 2016 | By
Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and CEO of Chobani announces the new paid family leave policy to employees in New York Wednesday.

TWIN FALLS — Chobani has announced a new parental leave policy for all full-time hourly and salaried employees. Starting next year, the company will offer all full-time employees 100-percent-paid parental leave for six weeks. The program extends to both mothers and fathers for the birth, adoption or placement of a foster child into the home.
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Fall’s Favorite Flavor: Pumpkin Spice is big business

Oct 4th, 2016 | By
By Sarah Glenn/For The Journal
Samuel Vineyard, manger of Mocha Madness on 5th Street, keeps pumpkin spice flavors on the menu all year round. However, he says their popularity increases during fall.

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal The Pumpkin Spice craze accounted for $361 million in sales in in 2014, growing 79 percent since 2011. People who buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte spend, on average, $1.14 more per purchase. Pumpkin dog food outsells pumpkin spice ice cream and fresh deserts, netting more than $12 million per year.
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