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Morning News: New Rules For Dairies And Feedlots, More Idahoans Work Past Retirement, Five Reasons For A Slow Job Market

Five reasons for a slowing job market | AP Unseasonably warm weather in January and February, they said, had led construction companies and other employers to hire workers earlier in the year than usual – in effect, swiping jobs that would have occurred in March. (

Work finally begins on Boise downtown hole | AP There is finally some evidence that the infamous hole in downtown Boise will be filled with a new building. Crews on Monday began removing street signs and making other preparations for the demolition of concrete, rebar and other materials littering the vacancy at the corner of 8th and Main streets. (

EPA Releases New Rules for Feedlots, Dairies Federal regulators hope a new permit governing confined-animal feeding operations will better protect Idaho’s surface waters. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the new permit will regulate water runoff created by the state’s larger livestock producers, such as beef and dairy cattle, and poultry, sheep and pigs. (

Idahoans work past retirement | About 14 percent of Idahoans older than 65 are either working or looking for work, according to a 2010 U.S. Census report. Nationally the number was about 17 percent in 2009, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Reasons for staying in the workforce vary. Some people are simply not interested in giving up their careers and some are like the Stokeses, meaning their finances took a major hit in the recession. (


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