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Medicaid faces tough program cuts

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong says the best remaining option for his agency to get control of rising Medicaid costs and demand is to cut programs that aren’t essential, required by federal rules or in some cases are ...

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Battle over Idaho wind energy tax break expected

A tax break for producers of alternative energy that’s up for renewal this year will face opposition from a group that says residents near wind farms aren’t being treated fairly. Idahoans for Responsible Wind Energy want lawmakers to make sure ...

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Idaho revenue off mark; IRS delay may be culprit

Idaho tax revenue in December missed forecasts for the first time in months, potentially complicating Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s effort to craft a budget for the coming year if the trend continues. Still, Otter’s budget director, Wayne Hammon, said Wednesday ...

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Judge tosses Tamarack bankruptcy case

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Tamarack Resort’s bankruptcy case from federal Chapter 11 protection, sending it back to state court where foreclosure proceedings may eventually proceed to a sheriff’s sale. An Idaho investment group, Green Valley Holdings, that last ...

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Judge rules against BLM on 4 Idaho grazing permits

A federal judge has ruled in favor of an environmental group seeking to reverse the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to renew four grazing permits involving 48,000 acres in the Pahsimeroi River Watershed in central Idaho. U.S. District Judge Edward ...

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Lawmakers poised for start of 2011 Legislature

Idaho lawmakers are getting ready to begin the first day of what could be one of the most challenging legislative sessions in recent history. The 2011 Legislature opens today featuring Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s State of the State Address. Otter ...

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Idaho tax commission chairman resigns

Idaho Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow resigned Friday after employees at the agency said he intervened in tax cases involving clients of his son’s accounting firm as well as for a friend and political supporter. Chigbrow told Gov. C.L. “Butch” ...

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UI wheat expert leaving to work at Oregon State

The University of Idaho’s top wheat breeder is leaving to work at Oregon State University in Corvallis as the school’s new head of its wheat variety development program. Robert Zemetra tells the Lewiston Tribune that the job in Oregon gives ...

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