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A word about health care cost containment with Toni Lawson of the Idaho Hospital Association (access required)

Toni Lawson of the Idaho Hospital Association speaks with Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, outside of the hearing rooms at the Idaho Statehouse in February. Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Toni Lawson is vice president of governmental relations at the Idaho Hospital Association, a Boise group that advocates for 27 critical access hospitals and 11 general acute care hospitals in Idaho, the Veterans Administration hospital in Boise, and a handful ...

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BridgeTower Media acquires Color Magazine

BridgeTower Media,  a leading provider of local and regional business information, events and marketing services and the owner of the Idaho Business Review, has acquired Color Magazine, a premiere publication focused on publishing and events for diverse business professionals. Based ...

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Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors also found that the ...

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Education center at E. Idaho zoo receives $500,000 donation

The Idaho Falls City Council has voted to accept a $500,000 donation to build an education center at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautpheus Park. The donation accepted by the council on Feb. 23 is from the William J. Maeck ...

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Downturn in farm economy complicating new Farm Bill efforts

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As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the ...

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Environmental groups reach deal on Idaho wolf derby lawsuit

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A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit by environmental groups involving a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho as part of a settlement agreement that requires federal officials to notify the groups if another contest is planned. The ...

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Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Feb. 23 seeking cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Pruitt, President ...

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Amalgamated Sugar releases private information of more than 2,000 employees (access required)

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Private information for 2,858 Amalgamated Sugar employees was released to a fraudulent email account Feb. 22. A hacker posing as the company’s CEO and mimicking his email address sent a request to a corporate employee for copies of private information. The ...

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The future of public transit: Where’s the money? (access required)

Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley are three of 13 Idaho resort communities that are allowed to enact local option taxes. The Blaine County cities used LOT to establish the Mountain Rides bus system. Photo courtesy of Mountain Rides.

Cities and states and voters are giving thumbs up to expansive public transit projects in many places around the country, but not in Idaho. The state stands out in the U.S. in terms of meager public transit funding. The November ...

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