Are you a yo-yo debtor? Ways to break that cycle

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet RELATED LINKS: NerdWallet: How to pay off debt – Americans’ debt loads, like our waistlines, tend to expand as we approach middle age and then gradually diminish as we get older. Some people, though, are yo-yo debtors, fighting an ongoing up-and-down battle […]

BBB alerts businesses to watch for fake emails

By EMILY VALLA Better Business Bureau If you or your business received an email this week claiming to be from the Better Business Bureau saying you violated a federal act, do not click anything. Better Business Bureau is warning business owners and consumers that scammers are using […]

Squeamish about buying used items? Get over it

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff. Those who deliberately buy used items, though, say such fears are not just overblown — they’re also expensive. Katy Wolk-Stanley, a Portland, Ore., labor […]

Idaho Power maps plan for Idaho and Oregon

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE — Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won’t be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution […]

Panda Express to open first Rexburg restaurant

By JEFF ROBINSON Panda Express will launch its new Rexburg location, at 1490 N 2nd E, at 10:30 a.m. Friday. To commemorate the new location, the restaurant will give 20 percent of its launch-day proceeds to the Grand Teton Council Boy Scouts, a Panda Express news […]

The Equifax breach and preemptive strategies to protecting personal info

By EMILY VALLA Better Business Bureau Credit monitoring company Equifax revealed a massive data breach earlier this week, potentially losing critical personal information of 143 million Americans. That’s nearly one out of every two Americans whose Social Security Number, date of birth, address and potentially driver’s license […]

Car-centric Houston struggles after Harvey

KATY, Texas (AP) — Bryan Harvey is frequently reminded that he shares a name with the storm that dumped 50 inches of rain on metropolitan Houston and unleashed the floods that have him working 14-hour days towing water-logged cars. Even in their despair, some victims have salvaged […]

RMP offers free on-site energy assessments

POST REGISTER Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart Small Business Direct technicians are conducting on-site energy assessments by going door-to-door or by appointment in the Idaho Falls, Iona and Ammon areas. The representatives are introducing small business owners to new lighting technologies that can make their operations more energy […]

Column: Help your parents protect their money

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet Our financial decision-making abilities peak in our 50s and can decline pretty rapidly after age 70, researchers tell us. That’s how otherwise smart older people fall for sweepstakes frauds, Nigerian investment schemes and the grandparent scam, where con artists pretend to be grandchildren […]

Column: Robots will assist your elderly relatives

Column: Robots will assist your elderly relatives

How robots could help bridge the elder-care gap Robots can also lend a hand of Cynthia Matuszek, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Despite innovations that make it easier for seniors to keep living on their own rather than moving into special facilities, most elderly people eventually […]

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