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Federal judge appoints special master in Idaho prison condition lawsuit

A federal judge has appointed a special master to see if the state is complying with court orders in a decades-old lawsuit over conditions at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. Marc Stern, a doctor and correctional health care consultant from ...

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Federal government assumes oversight of insurance rate increase review in Idaho

The federal government will assume the responsibility of reviewing increases of 10 percent or more in health insurance premiums proposed by private Idaho insurance companies starting later this fall. The decision by federal officials may be the first effect of ...

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Judge: Boise must release cleaning dustup records

A judge has ordered the city of Boise to turn over documents related to the termination of a $368,000 contract with a cleaning company. Clearview Cleaning Services owner Sylvia Hampel filed a complaint in April against the city in Idaho’s ...

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N. Idaho company gets $750K for solar parking lot

A northern Idaho company that aims to transform U.S. highways into a vast, energy-producing network is getting $750,000 from the federal government for the next phase of its project: a solar parking lot. Solar Roadways of Sagle announced July 20 ...

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Idaho is accepting federal health care law money, as governor issues waivers

Idaho was set to accept as much as $19 million in federal cash linked to the health care overhaul as state agencies take advantage of waiver provisions that help them skirt Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s executive order aimed at blocking ...

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AP Analysis: Western states lag in recovery

Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press’s monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in ...

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Idaho ends fiscal 2011 with $85 million surplus

A healthy share of Idaho’s $85 million 2011 budget surplus will go to offset taxes residents pay on food, but programs for the poor and disabled that saw a $108 million reduction in state and federal funding during the last ...

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Idaho education board approves extra $7.5M for state’s community colleges

The state Board of Education has voted to approve $7.5 million in additional funding for Idaho’s cash-strapped community colleges. The board called a special meeting July 11 to vote on the extra funding, which comes from the surplus Idaho is ...

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Northern Idaho prosecutor denies assessment appeal on theme park property

A person can’t appeal the property assessment on land the person doesn’t own, the Kootenai County prosecutor in northern Idaho has determined. Prosecutor Barry McHugh said he made his decision after analyzing Idaho law and seeking the advice of other ...

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