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

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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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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval


A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The evolving ...

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Idaho utility continues attempt to negate Oregon fish law

An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River. Idaho Power on Feb. 16 petitioned the ...

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US home construction jumps 9.7 percent in January


Groundbreakings on new homes jumped 9.7 percent in January to the highest level since October 2016, welcome news for a housing market struggling with a shortage of homes for sale. The Commerce Department said Feb. 16 that housing starts came ...

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Otter defends Little’s involvement in state health care plan

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Feb. 15 defended Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s involvement in a plan to reduce health care coverage for Idahoans. Little is running as a Republican candidate in the high-profile race for governor now that Otter isn’t ...

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Bill would require tax increase estimates in bond elections

An eastern Idaho lawmaker says election ballots should include property tax increase estimates for all bond proposals. Republican Rep. Ron Nate of Rexburg said Feb. 15 his bill provides voters with valuable information when deciding whether or not to approve ...

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