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Judge questions necessity in hospital lawsuit

A federal judge says that a lawsuit between two Idaho hospitals and the Federal Trade Commission comes down to whether St. Luke’s Health System really needs to buy more physician practices to bring about promised long-term cost savings and improved ...

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Nampa fertilizer company is finalist in Super Bowl ad contest (access required)

A Nampa company called POOP that makes compost is vying for a chance to have a commercial during the Super Bowl. Four companies are finalists in a competition held by software maker Intuit, which will pay millions of dollars to ...

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4 couples sue Idaho over same-sex marriage ban

Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states. Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea ...

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GEO Group, CCA won’t bid on Idaho prison contract

The two biggest private prison companies in the nation say they don’t want the contract to run a troubled Idaho prison, and that could shrink the pool of potential bidders to just two smaller companies. GEO Group Inc. sent a ...

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Feds collect $168K from exploding target fire

The federal government said Nov. 7 it is collecting $168,500 to cover fire suppression costs after an Illinois man ignited a 440-acre blaze in central Idaho in 2012 while shooting at an exploding target. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the ...

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Contractor offers $5.3M for defunct Idaho plant

A Washington state-based contractor battling a Chinese company over a defunct $700 million polysilicon plant submitted the highest bid for the Pocatello property at a recent auction, a newspaper reported Nov. 6. JH Kelly Inc. offered $5.27 million for the ...

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Washington-based Avista Corp to buy Alaska utility

Spokane, Wash.-based energy company Avista Corp. announced plans Oct. 4 to buy Alaska Energy and Resources Co., the privately held parent of Juneau’s electric utility. The companies expect the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, to close by July. ...

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Invasive weed creeps northwest from cotton country

A weed that can cause deep losses in corn and soybean yields is making its way from the South into the Midwest. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to ...

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Olympic Team USA uniforms get Made in USA label

Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has ...

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Idaho pretax gas prices are the highest in the lower 48

Before taxes are factored in, Idaho motorists continue to pay higher prices for gasoline than their counterparts in the rest of the Lower 48 states, according to the latest data from AAA. Premium prices for fuel are hardly a new ...

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