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New laws take effect as Idaho’s fiscal year begins

The start of a new month in Idaho also marked the introduction of a series of new state laws and the beginning of a new fiscal year. Measures approved by the 2011 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. C.L. ...

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Idaho won’t suspend Medicaid payments, after all

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare won’t suspend Medicaid payments to hospitals around the state, after all. A week ago, the agency announced it would suspend them for at least one week because an increase in claims was straining ...

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Judge dismisses portion of ‘megaloads’ lawsuit

A judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit seeking to prevent an oil company from hauling oversized equipment through Montana to Canada’s oil sands. Missoula County Judge Ray Dayton ruled June 28 that the county and three environmental groups were ...

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Western lawmakers protest cuts at Spokane federal laboratory devoted to mine safety

Lawmakers from northwestern states are protesting staff cuts at the only federal laboratory devoted to improving mining safety in the West. Members of Congress from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska have sent a letter criticizing cuts that the National ...

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Pharmacy robberies are sweeping the United States

A wave of pharmacy robberies is sweeping the United States as desperate addicts and ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed the nation’s growing hunger for narcotic painkillers. From Redmond, Wash., to St. Augustine, Fla., criminals are holding pharmacists at ...

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Hecla will pay $263M to settle case

The largest mining company in Idaho’s Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits – one of the top 10 such settlements in history, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The ...

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AP data show states’ budget challenges differ

The country is pulling out of the Great Recession, but an Associated Press review of 50 balance sheets shows state budgets ravaged by declining tax revenue and bank accounts far leaner than they were when the downturn took hold. Many ...

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Tamarack’s Boespflug in contempt for missing court date

An Idaho judge has declared the French developer of a cash-strapped Idaho ski resort in contempt for missing yet another court date on the resort’s foreclosure. Jean-Pierre Boespflug was ordered to appear in state court June 10 after missing a ...

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