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Court upholds right of faith-based health cost programs to operate (access required)

An Idaho Supreme Court decision this month will enable health care cost sharing organizations to operate in the state. They present an inexpensive but risky option for meeting the coming federal insurance mandate. The Supreme Court on Feb. 25 overturned ...

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Baseball decision: Inherent risk no guarantee of protection for businesses

 Memorial Stadium in Garden City. Photo courtesy Scott McDaniel. The Idaho Supreme Court’s decision not to institute the “Baseball Rule” to immunize Idaho’s stadiums from injury liability will garner attention. But the second part of the decision affects business owners ...

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Woman sues Costco to collect brother’s life insurance policy (access required)

A Costco in northern Idaho is facing a wrongful termination lawsuit with a twist: The former employee is deceased, and his sister is asking the company to pay out what he would have gotten for his life insurance. Nicole S. ...

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Aquarium owner and friend indicted for black market animal buys (access required)

An owner and a volunteer of the Idaho Aquarium have each been charged with three counts of illegal purchase of wildlife and one count of conspiracy, according to a federal indictment unsealed Feb. 21. Ammon Covino, aquarium owner, and Christopher ...

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Victory for developers in Hailey annexation ruling (access required)

A federal judge has ruled that local governments cannot overcharge developers when negotiating annexation fees, the first decision of its kind in Idaho. In a 71-page decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jim J. Pappas, entered Dec. 31, Pappas determined ...

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Nation’s gun control measures hit home in Idaho (access required)

Idaho gun manufacturers are already feeling the sting of new gun control laws. Manufacturers are facing restrictive new laws proposed in state legislatures and in Congress. They include bans on certain types of weapons and accessories, and the removal of ...

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Emmett mill closes despite good timber outlook (access required)

The Emmett sawmill has closed its doors – again – a year after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize. Emerald Forest Products owner Dick Vinson said his efforts to restore the mill were over, but he was confident he could ...

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Renters say Boise apartment complex violated fair housing rules (access required)

A Boise apartment complex has been accused of violating Fair Housing Act provisions by instituting special rules for tenants who have children, among other alleged discriminatory practices. The Idaho Fair Housing Council, a nonprofit based in Boise, filed the lawsuit ...

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Chilly January still affecting produce prices (access required)

The extended cold snap that made January one of the coldest months on record in Boise may have passed, but consumers and other produce buyers are still feeling the effects of the chill in their local markets. Starting in mid-January, ...

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