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Idaho Transportation Dept info sales pull $5.4M

The Idaho Transportation Department makes more than $5.4 million a year selling motor vehicle records and other personal information to companies that use it to research car buying patterns, send out recall notices and even track down scofflaws who don’t ...

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Restoration work planned for Clark Fork Delta

A restoration project to prevent additional erosion of the Clark Fork Delta where it enters Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the estimated cost ...

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Timber salvage planned following Idaho wildfire

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management are preparing an environmental assessment as part of a plan to salvage timber burned last summer in a wildfire in west-central Idaho. BLM officials want to log about 10 million board feet on ...

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Survey: Families at odds over financial planning

The holidays may be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for next year. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and ...

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After vote, Idaho ed board ditches online classes

Bending to the will of Idaho voters, members of the State Board of Education voted 7-1 Nov. 19 to ditch a requirement that Idaho high school students take two online classes to graduate. But the decision clearly won’t be the ...

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Otter may take another month on exchange decision

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Nov. 16 that he’ll spend up to another month deciding whether Idaho will build its own health insurance exchange – or opt for an exchange created by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Health ...

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ACLU-Idaho says prison may be violating settlement

The ACLU of Idaho says Corrections Corporation of America appears to be violating a settlement reached with inmates in a so-called “Gladiator School” lawsuit over violence at an Idaho prison run by the company. The organization sent CCA a letter ...

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Idaho cities pay extra into pool insurance program

Nearly 40 Idaho cities are facing double-digit increases in health insurance premiums because a pool insurance program they joined earlier this year was hit with some unexpected early claims. Cities big and small joined the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority program ...

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Ada County to seek return of $2M from Dynamis

Ada County commissioners are seeking the return of $2 million from a company it hired to design a waste-to-energy plant that’s now the subject of a lawsuit, an investigation by a former FBI agent and opposition from some of the ...

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Industry critic goes head-to-head with Northwest growers

Ken Cook has been raising havoc with American farm policy for more than a decade. By offering a free, easy-to-search online list of every federal subsidy paid to every individual farmer, his Environmental Working Group continues to rankle big agriculture ...

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