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US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor’s said Feb. 27 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national ...

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Lawmakers question loan forgiveness bill for rural teachers

A handful of Idaho lawmakers say they have too many objections to a proposal designed to retain teachers in rural areas by paying off some of their student loan debt. According to the bill, up to 500 eligible teachers who ...

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Idaho House panel spikes health care alternative plan

An Idaho House panel on Feb. 26 spiked a proposal that would have allowed health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The bill was submitted by the Statehouse’s self-described “liberty legislators” ...

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Bill expanding open meeting law clears Idaho House

A measure expanding Idaho’s open meeting laws has once again won support from House lawmakers. According to the proposed legislation, boards and commissions created by executive order would be subject to the Idaho Open Meeting Law. Currently, these panels are ...

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Idaho Landfill to Start Turning Trash Into Gas Energy in May

Officials say a landfill in southern Idaho could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes as early as May. The Milner Butte Landfill near the town of Burley produces methane and other gas from millions of tons of decomposing ...

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Bill allowing out-of-state insurance plans headed to Senate

A proposal to allow health insurers from other states to sell their plans in Idaho won enough support to advance to the Senate floor on Feb. 22, despite concerns from lawmakers the bill will likely not deliver on its promises. ...

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Sales of US homes fall year over year by most in 3½ years

U.S. sales of existing homes fell in January from a year earlier by the most in more than three years. Would-be buyers were stymied by rising prices and a shortage of homes for sale. The National Association of Realtors said ...

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US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.” The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped. ...

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Idaho budget-writers OK nearly 6 percent public schools hike

Idaho’s legislative budget writers approved a nearly 6 percent increase — roughly $100 million — to the state’s public school budget on Feb. 19. That would bring the public schools budget for fiscal year 2019, which starts in July, to ...

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New health care bill allows non-ACA plans, targets Medicaid

An eastern Idaho lawmaker has introduced legislation allowing health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The House Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 19 agreed to give Republican Rep. Bryan Zollinger’s ...

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