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U of I names new president

A provost from the University of South Dakota has been tapped to become the University of Idaho’s new president. The Idaho State Board of Education announced Nov. 18 that Chuck Staben, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the ...

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US homebuilder confidence holds steady in November

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market held steady this month, but many are worried that another fight over the federal budget could cause would-be buyers to put off home purchases. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment ...

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Just 338 Idahoans selected exchange insurance

Just 338 people selected health coverage via Idaho’s insurance exchange during its glitch-plagued first month. Your Health Idaho’s enrollee figures were released Nov. 13 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which also released statistics for the nation’s ...

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Judge questions necessity in hospital lawsuit

A federal judge says that a lawsuit between two Idaho hospitals and the Federal Trade Commission comes down to whether St. Luke’s Health System really needs to buy more physician practices to bring about promised long-term cost savings and improved ...

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Nampa fertilizer company is finalist in Super Bowl ad contest (access required)

A Nampa company called POOP that makes compost is vying for a chance to have a commercial during the Super Bowl. Four companies are finalists in a competition held by software maker Intuit, which will pay millions of dollars to ...

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4 couples sue Idaho over same-sex marriage ban

Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states. Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea ...

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GEO Group, CCA won’t bid on Idaho prison contract

The two biggest private prison companies in the nation say they don’t want the contract to run a troubled Idaho prison, and that could shrink the pool of potential bidders to just two smaller companies. GEO Group Inc. sent a ...

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Feds collect $168K from exploding target fire

The federal government said Nov. 7 it is collecting $168,500 to cover fire suppression costs after an Illinois man ignited a 440-acre blaze in central Idaho in 2012 while shooting at an exploding target. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the ...

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Contractor offers $5.3M for defunct Idaho plant

A Washington state-based contractor battling a Chinese company over a defunct $700 million polysilicon plant submitted the highest bid for the Pocatello property at a recent auction, a newspaper reported Nov. 6. JH Kelly Inc. offered $5.27 million for the ...

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