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Prison company leaving Idaho

Private prison giant Corrections Corp. of America will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state’s largest prison. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company will not bid on the next contract to ...

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Idaho news organizations ask federal court to keep hospital lawsuit open

Idaho news organizations are seeking to open court proceedings to the public by intervening in a lawsuit between two big health care providers. On Oct. 2, The Idaho Statesman in Boise, The Times-News in Twin Falls, The Associated Press, the ...

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Idaho insurance exchange hits opening-day snags

Idaho’s $70 million insurance exchange hit opening-day snags Oct. 1, as did exchanges across the nation, with online applications being processed much more slowly than anticipated due to high Internet volume that hampered efforts to create accounts or enroll in ...

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FTC lifts waiting period on Boise deal

The Federal Trade Commission has lifted the waiting period on Packaging Corporation of America’s proposed acquisition of Boise Inc., the companies said Oct. 1. Packaging Corp. said last month that it will buy the Boise-based packaging and paper products company ...

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Workers urged to protect hearing from farm clatter

Far from the clatter of cities, the nation’s farmers are assaulted every day by the earsplitting squeals of hundreds of hogs, the roar of tractors and the incessant whine of grain dryers during the fall harvest. An estimated one-third of ...

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Idaho insurance agents leery of exchange benefits

On the eve of the Idaho exchange rollout, health care insurance agents are still waiting to be convinced it will benefit their businesses. The concerns came even though the board that created the Internet marketplace for individual and small business ...

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Idaho insurance exchange starts Oct. 1

Idaho’s $70 million insurance exchange starts Oct. 1, allowing about 200,000 people to enroll via its youridahohealth.org Internet site for federally subsidized insurance. That’s a key component of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. Don’t expect an immediate marketing blitz, however: ...

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US pending home sales fall for 3rd straight month

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in August, the third straight decline. The drop could mean that higher mortgage rates are starting to deter some buyers. The National Association of Realtors said Sept. 26 that its seasonally adjusted ...

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Livestock disease found in Montana cow

An animal disease carried by wildlife in the greater Yellowstone area has been found in a Madison County cattle herd, state officials said Sept. 26. The disease brucellosis was found in one cow from the unidentified herd. The animal was ...

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Insurer exits Idaho exchange, reducing options

Idaho’s fledgling health insurance exchange lost its only for-profit insurer, cutting nearly 10 percent of the Internet marketplace’s coverage offerings even before it opens for enrollment Oct. 1. Altius Health Plans was slated to sell 15 different individual policies on ...

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