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Idaho’s first big solar plant to be built soon

Idaho’s first big solar electricity plant will likely soon begin construction, a rare bright spot for renewables in a state littered with canceled wind farms, regulatory uncertainty and low natural gas prices that have soured alternative power’s financial appeal. Solar ...

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Getting a loan to open a franchise getting harder

When Rick Kimsey decided to start a business, a franchise seemed like the best way to go. Buying a franchise – in his case, a Doctors Express urgent care facility – meant he didn’t have to start from square one. ...

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Environmentalists sue over Idaho logging project

Two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over a planned logging project in north-central Idaho because they contend the logging will violate the Endangered Species Act. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed the ...

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Homeless group wins $1 million in lawsuit

A federal jury has ordered the city of Boise to pay $1 million to an organization that helps homeless people for discriminating against women and children and retaliating against the organization when board members complained. The verdict was handed down ...

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Court: Idaho woman can’t challenge fetal pain law

A federal appeals court has ended an Idaho woman’s challenge of a law banning some abortions that might cause fetal pain, saying she didn’t have legal standing to contest it because she wasn’t charged with that crime. The development came ...

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Idaho could save $380M with Medicaid expansion

Idaho’s taxpayers could save $380 million over six years by agreeing to expand Medicaid coverage for more low-income people under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, according an analysis by the Spokesman-Review. Currently, costs of caring for Idaho’s indigent population ...

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Unemployment fraud adds to employer costs

Idaho employers facing high unemployment insurance costs can, in part, blame those who get fraudulent benefits. Getting that money back can often prove fruitless. The Idaho Department of Labor has clawed back some $24.8 million since 2007, but more than ...

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Motorized groups sue over travel plan on Montana-Idaho border

Two motorized user groups suing over a new travel plan for a wilderness study area on the Idaho and Montana border argue that the U.S. Forest Service overstepped its authority. The Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Idaho Snowmobile Association are ...

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Idaho a leader in home price increases

U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering. CoreLogic ...

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Judge faults agency approval of mine drilling plan

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to revisit some of the decisions made when officials signed off on a mining company’s plans to broaden its exploratory drilling in a historic mining district in the mountains near Idaho ...

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