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Shooting for that shingles shot

People who are 50 and older can ask their health care providers or pharmacies about the newer shingles vaccine Shingrix, despite lingering supply delays. If you’ve had chicken pox, you …


A hot U.S. job market is coaxing people in from the sidelines

The growth in America’s workforce – made up of people either working or looking for work – has helped reverse an alarming consequence of the recession: The exit of millions …


In Cornwall, shortage of pub hands shows the future of work after Brexit

Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year. This gets to the heart of …


School bus driver shortage creates headaches for districts

School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy.


Schools and care providers seek remedy to nursing shortage

Nursing schools and care facilities are caught between wave of retirees and spike in school applications.


Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools – creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation

Airlines’ insatiable demand for pilots threatens to sabotage flight schools’ ability to train new ones. Carriers are raising wages and hoarding every available pilot – including the instructors schools rely …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Shortage of truckers starting to cause prices to rise

Shipping costs have skyrocketed in the United States in 2018, one of the clearest signs yet of a strong economy that might be starting to overheat.


Surge in airline hiring boosts interest in aspiring pilots

Major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots at a rate not seen since before 9/11, and that is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the cockpit.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

KFC restaurants in the UK have a problem. They don’t have chicken.

Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Report: Teacher shortage worse in Idaho than other states

A recent report says about a third of all teachers who are certified in Idaho each year don’t go on to get teaching jobs in the state, and many of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Pacific Northwest tree shortage leads to Christmas conundrum in Utah

Utah families looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree might come up short because fewer conifers are available in the Pacific Northwest this year.


State’s maritime labor on course toward retirement cliff

The marine workforce in Washington state – which includes sailors, engineers, captains and other workers on everything from tugboats to shipping vessels – is headed for a mass retirement.


Allergists wrestle with anti-venom shortage

As summer begins, signaling peak time for insect stings, allergists across the U.S. are warning of a shortage of a little-known but crucial product — honeybee, hornet and wasp venom …


Home sales up in May, but buyers face sharply rising prices

The May sales report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors shows a housing market unable to meet the demand from would-be buyers. Sales edged up 1.1 percent in …


University of Idaho Faculty Senate votes to stop classroom conversion

The University of Idaho Faculty Senate voted Tuesday to request a moratorium on the conversion of classrooms to non-instructional purposes.


Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday

Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …


Doctor shortage foreseen

Eastern Washington will need almost 1,000 new doctors by 2025, and to fill that prescription the University of Washington School of Medicine should quadruple, if not quintuple, the number of …


Helium shortage has suppliers deflated

Karen Stokes drove to Yakima on Sunday just to pick up two tanks of helium. The owner of Balloon Specialties and Jackie Lynn’s Flowers in Spokane, she uses the lighter-than-air …


Hunters Back ‘Spikes Only’ Season To Save Elk Herds

Even longtime Idaho elk hunters accustomed to chasing big bulls every year are willing to try something new if it will help bring the state’s herds back into balance. Compared …


U.S. Blood Banks Find Many Are Not Willing To Share Assets

The tuna sandwiches were fresh, the cookies homemade, and a “Blood Drive Today” sign out front beckoned motorists. But inside Montclair’s Red Cross on last month’s designated day for donations, …