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Idaho submits Medicaid expansion waiver for family planning (access required)

Idaho officials have submitted a Medicaid expansion waiver requiring patients get a referral from a primary physician before they can get family planning services such as birth control, abortions or pregnancy care. The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare on ...

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House Speaker Bedke elected VP of state legislatures group

Idaho Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The group in a news release Monday says Bedke was elected Oct. 12 at the group’s Fall Executive Committee meeting. ...

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Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors’ Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate ...

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Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird ...

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Idaho Schools Superintendent seeks school budget boost

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she’ll ask the Legislature for a $101 million increase to the public schools budget next year. The Lewiston Tribune reports Ybarra made the announcement during a presentation at the ...

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Solar power deal involving Idaho homeowners reached

An Idaho utility has reached an agreement involving paying homeowners who generate electricity with rooftop solar panels and other renewable energy methods. Idaho Power and the staff of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Friday submitted the agreement to the ...

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Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state’s large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. ...

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Mining company wants Idaho tribe’s lawsuit put on hold

A Canadian company hoping to mine for gold in central Idaho wants a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe requesting that the site be cleaned up to be put on hold. British Columbia-based Midas Gold said in court documents ...

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Caregivers face increasing challenges in already tough job

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Terri Van Zante left a full-time job making $12 per hour so she could take care of her mom. The good news: The state pays for her work. The bad news: It ends up being about ...

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City of Boise opens first school-based community center in West Ada School District

Boise Parks and Recreation has opened the department’s first school-based community center in the West Ada School District. The community center is located at McMillan Elementary School (10901 W McMillan Rd.) and will serve students in first through fifth grade ...

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