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Market prices keep beekeepers afloat despite heavy losses (access required)

Life for the Idaho honeybee is a struggle. On average, about one in four dies before its time in each colony, not to be immediately replaced. In some years, as much as half a hive will be destroyed by a ...

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Pocatello woman sues Allianz Insurance over much-maligned annuity plan (access required)

A 72-year-old Pocatello woman is suing Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, claiming the company tricked her into a retirement annuity that didn’t live up to its billing. Alice Ladell Whiting originally filed the lawsuit in Bannock County, but ...

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Meridian loses city hall appeal, owes nearly $2 million to contractor (access required)

The Idaho Supreme Court on April 1 upheld a lower court decision to force the city of Meridian to pay its city hall contractor nearly $2 million in excess compensation and attorney fees. The court ruled unanimously that contractor Petra ...

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Pocatello hospital sued for gender discrimination (access required)

A former operating room nurse at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello is suing the hospital for discrimination, alleging she was the subject of sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting it. In the lawsuit, filed Feb. 27 in the Idaho district ...

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Tele-psychiatry program saves money on care (access required)

Clearwater Valley Hospital’s nearly two-year-old tele-psychiatry program has managed to cut down the yearly health care costs for its patients by more than half, but those savings might not save the initiative from the chopping block. Started with the help ...

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Idaho businesses support lawmakers’ health exchange decision (access required)

Idaho lawmakers weren’t enthusiastic about passing legislation that will authorize the state to create its own health care exchange in place of a federally run model, but they got it done. Idaho businesses in various industries appear to be having ...

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Church nonprofit suing for property tax exemption on nursing operation (access required)

A religious nonprofit is headed to court to protest an Ada County decision to charge the group property taxes on one of its holdings. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has asked an Ada County District Court judge to review ...

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Another hospital accused of creating a monopoly in southeastern Idaho (access required)

Another Idaho hospital is facing allegations it has created a monopoly in the health care world. A lawsuit claims Pocatello’s Portneuf Medical Center forced out potential competition in the form of a private surgical center by controlling the area’s anesthesiologists. Terry ...

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