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Thursday is 'Union Day' at the Idaho Capitol and we learn about the history and contributions organized labor has made to the state's workforce and economy.

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Attitudes about education and skills acquisition are changing as the global workforce evolves. Idaho Matters looks at the tools that will be necessary to be competitive in the 21st century workplace with Idaho Business for Education president and CEO Rod Grammer.

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The City of Boise will host three open houses to facilitate discussions with the community to determine the direction of energy generation and usage in Boise. We talk with Idaho Power about efforts to bring the region to 100% renewable energy use.

Driving many of the highways of the Mountain West, it's common to be a lone car surrounded by semi-trucks. But that could change. The trucking industry is facing a record shortage of drivers right now.

Bob Costello is the Chief Economist at the American Trucking Associations. He said if current trends hold,the shortage of drivers could surpass 174,000 by 2026.

"If you're short bottled water what happens to the price of bottled water? It goes up," Costello said.

A Jan. 31 deadline is approaching for the Drought Contingency Plans, a set of agreements between seven states about how to manage dwindling water supplies, including here in the Mountain West.

The region has been in a drought for 19 years now, and water levels continue to retreat in major reservoirs.

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According to a report from Boise Regional Realtors, the median sales price in Ada County was $314,000. That’s 18 percent higher than prices in 2017. New home sales were up by more than 22 percent year-over-year. But when it comes to pre-existing home sales, the numbers were down by 4.1 percent.

 

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The heads of the Gem State’s foreign trade offices in Mexico, China and Taiwan briefed the Idaho Senate Commerce Committee this week. The international officials say they’re optimistic about future business despite ongoing talk of trade wars.

If the impasse over President Trump’s proposed border wall makes it to Saturday morning, this will be the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And it has an unlikely victim — craft beer.

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Gemma Gaudette chats with Allen Reed, CEO of Reed's Dairy. This family-owned and operated dairy opened in 1955 when Allen's dad and two brothers started the operation. Today the dairy serves people from Eastern and Western Idaho. Saveur magazine even featured the dairy and its ice cream in the foodie publication, calling the ice cream "creamy and dreamy."

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University of Concordia law professor Ryan Stoa's Craft Weed: How Family Farming can Remain in Marijuana’s Future examines the parallels between the craft beer industry and the growth of cannabis distribution. Stoa joins Idaho Matters to look at how these business models could work. Originally aired November 14, 2018.

Visit Idaho

A look at Idaho tourism numbers shows many visitors are coming to the Gem State to see friends and family.

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Frozen potato producer Lamb Weston is making a big investment in its Twin Falls processing plant. As the company upgrades its operation in the Magic Valley, it’s asking local leaders for tax relief.


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Depending on where you live in Idaho, the average age of your neighbors will vary. One of our Wanna Know Idaho podcast listeners wanted to know more about the age of folks in the West Central Mountains. Below is a snapshot of what we learned. To learn more about the forces at work with the average age of folks in the West Central Mountains, listen to the full episode here

As 2018 winds down, real estate prices continue to tick up. Real estate trade group Boise Regional Realtors is out with its latest report on the Treasure Valley housing market in November.


Frontier Business

When it comes to the wage gap, Idaho women have a long way to go to be equal. But what about women entrepreneurs? A new report points to some promising findings in the Gem State.

 

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