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Blue Cross: Idaho could face risk under self-insurance plan

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Health insurance officials warned lawmakers Nov. 8 that switching public employees to a self-insurance model could place the state at a greater financial risk. Dave Jeppesen, chief marketing officer with Blue Cross of Idaho, told a legislative working group that ...

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Boise Mobile Equipment increases fire truck production

A BME fire truck. Photo courtesy of BME

Boise Mobile Equipment, a Boise company that makes fire trucks for urban and wildland firefighting, is expanding into a larger space. The 27-year-old company was purchased in 2014, and the new owners have expanded its marketing and recently acquired two ...

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New path eyed for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho

Idaho Power transmission line lattice towers within a transmission line corridor. Photo courtesy of Idaho Power.

Federal officials have released their latest analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest’s energy grid. The 183-page draft environmental assessment released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late ...

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K-Edge expands Boise manufacturing, looks for machinists (access required)

Tim Kelley, left, talks with Adrin Clampitt, a machinist at K-Edge in Boise on Oct. 26. Photo by Glenn Landberg

Boise’s AceCo and K-Edge have doubled in size since 2013 and have 40 employees, 30 of them machinists. Signs on company vehicles advertise that machinist jobs are available. K-Edge makes bicycle chain guards and aluminum bicycle handlebar mounts used to ...

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Western governors want federal help in invasive mussel fight (access required)

This license plate was placed in a lake contaminated with invasive mussels for six weeks. If zebra or quagga muscles get into Idaho, water pipes, dams and other form of water way infrastructure will have to continually be cleared. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith.

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors’ Association on Oct. 2 sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan ...

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35 states, including Idaho, support bid to collect online sales taxes

The Idaho Statehouse.

Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia have signed on to support South Dakota’s legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be ...

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More Sears, Kmarts to close

The cost-cutting strategy continues at Sears with another 63 stores targeted for closure early next year, including one in Ammon, Idaho. Emblematic of the struggle facing U.S. department stores, Sears Holdings has already closed more than 350 Sears and Kmart stores ...

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ABA to look at tougher bar exam standards (access required)

The national accrediting body for law schools is slated to consider a proposal to require law schools to have at least 75 percent of graduates pass the bar exam within two years of graduation. The American Bar Association’s Council of ...

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Maryland physician pioneers new approach to prostate biopsies (access required)

Dr. Matthew Allaway was frustrated. In 2012, health outcomes from common procedures should have been improving. Instead, the Cumberland, Maryland, urologist watched as his patients suffered infections from transrectal prostate biopsies. Over the past 10 years, infections from that procedure ...

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