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Idaho officials negotiating on ‘state-based’ insurance plan

Idaho officials say they may add more requirements from former President Barack Obama’s health care law to their proposal to let health insurance companies sell so-called state-based policies that skirt some “Obamacare” rules. Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron ...

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New Idaho beef plant adds local option for producers

A beef plant that opened in southern Idaho earlier this year gives the area’s dairy producers a local option on where to send their cows. Dairy producers had to typically ship their cows to out-of-state plants as Idaho had lacked ...

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More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once ...

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Officials consider spending $11M on crowded Caldwell jail

Idaho county officials are considering spending $11 million for steel trailers to house female inmates at a crowded Caldwell detention center. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported May 2 that Canyon County officials are looking at installing temporary inmate housing in the ...

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US construction spending drops 1.7 percent in March

U.S. construction spending dropped 1.7 percent in March, the biggest setback in 11 months, with weakness in a number of sectors including the biggest plunge in home building in nine years. The March decline was the first monthly drop since ...

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Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

Environmental groups sued the Trump administration on April 30 for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. Attorneys for Western Watersheds Project and Center for ...

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Owners of Boise homes destroyed by slide settle lawsuits

The city of Boise has agreed to pay five homeowners $275,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a hillside started sliding and destroyed the homes. City spokesman Mike Journee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on April 27 that ...

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Ada County starts ‘record’ year of construction projects

Local residents and businesses in an Idaho county are preparing for what is expected to be the busiest road construction year in history. The Idaho Statesman reports the Ada County Highway District has begun a $61 million construction season, tearing ...

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US won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to ...

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Hospital sues Idaho prison contractor over medical bills

A hospital system has filed a lawsuit against a company hired to provide medical care for Idaho’s prison inmates, claiming it owes more than $14 million in medical bills. The Saint Alphonsus Health System filed the suit April 25 against ...

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