Economy

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A new study says wildlife-related activities on Bureau of Land Management land brings in millions of dollars to western states. 

The study found things like hunting, fishing and wildlife watching on BLM land brings in more than $3 billion in total economic output to 12 western states including Idaho.

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With fall approaching and the weather starting to change, many of the big wildfires across the West are being tamed. 


When it comes to getting cash to make ends meet, many Americans don’t take their business to the local bank. Instead, they rely on alternative financial systems such as check cashing stores and payday lenders.  Despite high interest rates and sometimes exorbitant fees, these services fill a vital need for those living paycheck to paycheck, and who, for a variety of reasons, distrust banks.


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A huge warehouse development in Nampa is one step closer to being built. Dubbed “Project Bronco,” the more than 850,000 square foot facility was given a conditional use permit this week by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

This encore program originally was broadcast in March, 2018.

The Great Recession ultimately left millions of Americans without jobs and devastated entire communities. The bruises have lingered, perhaps nowhere more so than in the industrial communities of our nation’s heartland, in places like Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville was home to the oldest operating General Motors plant until it shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas in 2008.

  

Looking at the past through rose-colored glasses is nothing new – we’ve been doing it in various forms for centuries.  But when it comes to family life, that yearning for a simpler, happier time can be particularly potent. Mid-century television shows such as “Leave it To Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriett,” celebrated the nuclear family, where Dad was the breadwinner, Mom managed the house and kids, and everything seemed to run smoothly.  But was life really so great back then, or was this simply an illusion?


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One of Idaho’s largest privately-held companies will be expanding in a big way. Meridian-based Jacksons Food Stores has entered into a deal with Chevron that promises growth.

Gas Pump
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Even if the weather doesn’t feel particularly springy, AAA Idaho says you only have to look at gas station signs to know what time of year it is. Prices at Gem State pumps rose by 16 cents per gallon in the last week – putting it on the list of 10 most expensive states for fuel.

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A bill to increase Idaho’s new child tax credit was introduced in the legislature Friday.

Idaho Department of Parks And Recreation

A joint study by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and the economics department at Boise State finds Idaho’s state parks are a big source of income for the Gem State.

Clairvoyant Brewing

On a recent winter afternoon, Mike Francis stood on the brew deck at Payette Brewing Company in Boise. He pointed to four large stainless steel vessels surrounding him.


Idaho Education News

Nearly six in 10 residents polled in a statewide survey feel Idaho is headed in the right direction, with education and the economy ranked as the top two concerns heading into 2018.

This interview was originally broadcast in June, 2017.

In recent years, the powerful and at times unexpected impacts of globalization have sent shock waves through our country’s political, economic and social systems. The promise that open trade and investment would bring new jobs, economic growth and price stability has not materialized for many Americans, who have seen their standard of living stagnate or diminish. At the same time, there is widespread disagreement about what our country needs to do to more effectively compete in the current global marketplace.

Boise, downtown, city, moon
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Forbes is out with a fresh list highlighting the Best States for Business and Idaho is – near-ish the top? The Gem State comes in at 20 on the list, sandwiched between Massachusetts and Missouri.

Chobani

The Greek yogurt juggernaut Chobani has rebranded as the company moves into its second decade on the market. Chobani opened its Twin Falls plant in 2012, becoming the largest yogurt facility in the world. The plant employs 1,000 people who earn an average of $15 an hour.

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