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Idaho closer to eliminating local wage initiatives (access required)

An Idaho Senate committee has moved to preempt future ballot initiatives to raise city or county minimum wage rates above the state’s. The Idaho Retailers Association drafted the bill after ballot initiatives in Coeur d’Alene and McCall failed in 2015. ...

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Lawmakers agree to slight increase in Medicaid funding

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children. The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee agreed on Feb. 26 to allocate $519.6 million in state general funds as part of the ...

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Idaho panel introduces state contracting overhaul bill

After months of gathering testimony, reviewing studies and hearing from experts, an Idaho legislative committee has submitted its list of proposed changes to the state’s 40-year-old contracting laws. “This is kind of a complex bill, but it was a complex ...

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50 women leaders inspire a crowd of 600 at Women of the Year event

Since 2011, Idaho Business Review has named a Woman of the Year in a presentation and gala. On Feb. 25, with about 600 people in attendance at the event, the honor went to Nora Carpenter, president and CEO of United ...

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Bish’s RV Super Center acquires Jerome dealership (access required)

Bish’s RV Super Center took control of the Jerome-based Brockman’s RV dealership on Feb. 24. Brockman’s operated in Jerome for 45 years. The company’s owner was ready to retire and was approached by Bish’s RV a couple years ago, said ...

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Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse

Environmental groups sued Feb. 25 to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West. A sweeping sage grouse conservation ...

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First-ever Idaho medical school approved by State Board of Education (access required)

Idaho’s top elected officials and medical leaders unveiled a partnership Feb. 25 in order to launch the state’s first ever private medical school, but the leading physician’s group in the state expressed concern about the plan. The Idaho College of ...

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Gonzaga is newest partner in WWAMI medical school consortium

Sixty first-year medical students from the University of Washington will begin taking classes at Gonzaga University this fall, the two schools said Feb. 23. The deal allows the University of Washington School of Medicine to expand its medical education program ...

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Nampa seeks to update its image (access required)

City organizations in Nampa came up with four new options for slogans designed to re-brand the city:  Nampa Strong, Nampa Real, Nampa Proud and Authentic Nampa. They asked citizens to rank them and hope to announce a winner at the ...

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