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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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Idaho energy tussle makes international ripples

An Idaho alternative energy fight is sending out international shockwaves, with a Greek company saying utilities’ demands to skirt their obligations to buy power from wind farms are a threat to its business. Athens-based GEK Terna said Aug. 29 that ...

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Micron CEO recounts events after Appleton’s death

When Micron Technology Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton’s private plane crashed Feb. 3 at the Boise Airport, his No. 2 man was out of town. Mark Durcan, then Micron’s president, was meeting with lawyers on company business in Palo ...

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Silver Valley cleanup plan to cost $635 million

The massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver Valley would cost $635 million and take up to 30 years under a final plan approved by the federal government on Aug. 28. The U.S. Environmental Protection ...

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Idaho’s Exergy sued for missing turbine payments

An Idaho wind developer that recently suspended projects and hasn’t paid its professional cycling sponsorship bills faces a new challenge: A federal lawsuit filed by a Virginia-based energy giant for missing millions in payments for turbines it agreed to buy ...

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Former deputy sheriff sues Canyon County

A former deputy sheriff for Canyon County claims officials wrongly docked his vacation benefits while he was off the clock fulfilling his service obligations with the Idaho Army National Guard, in a recently filed federal lawsuit. James E. Richards worked ...

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