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Lawmakers concerned about health provider contract in Idaho

Idaho lawmakers raised concerns June 21 about possible state law violations after receiving a request from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to delay finding a new provider for state employee health care benefits. Members of the State Employee Group Insurance and ...

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Officials: nuke waste treatment plant could be working by next spring

Officials say a treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring. The Post Register reports the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit was built to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste by 2012, ...

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Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were ...

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Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

The Supreme Court ruled  June 21 that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. The justices’ 5-4 ...

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Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks’ hypothetical losses from credit cards increased in the latest “stress tests,” however. The first round ...

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Breakfast Series report: Ida-Go! Tourism in Idaho

Introduction Hundreds of thousands of people visit Idaho each year to hike, hunt, fish, bicycle, swim, and carry out other recreational activities. Tourism and travel in Idaho is a $4.5 billion industry that employs about 29,000 Idahoans. At IBR’s breakfast ...

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Supreme Court rules states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax

The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling June 21 is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions ...

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