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Is the death penalty dying a slow death? (access required)

 The number of death sentences imposed this year dropped to less than 100 for the first time since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center. The number of executions carried ...

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Industrial Commission sues Family Home Health over workers’ comp (access required)

The Idaho Industrial Commission has sued Western Medical Services of Treasure Valley Inc., which does business as Family Home Health and Hospice, for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance. The Dec. 6 complaint in Ada County Fourth District Court also ...

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Ketchum eyewear maker sues over goggles patent (access required)

Eye Safety Systems, based in Ketchum, is suing a Vermont company over an alleged patent infringement on protective goggles that can be used in military and high performance application. In its Dec. 15 legal complaint in Idaho U.S. District Court, ...

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Judge: Public can’t see Idaho prison settlement

A federal judge has refused to unseal a settlement agreement between an Idaho inmate and a private prison company involving allegations of rampant violence at a lockup near Boise known as “Gladiator School.” The Associated Press had asked the court ...

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Judge Orders Idaho To Increase Some Medicaid Rates (access required)

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for businesses that provide residential care to developmentally disabled residents. The ruling could cost the state $4 million. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Dec. 12. ...

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As property values decline, some surprised by higher tax bills (access required)

Sarah Boatman had planned spending the final weeks of the year wrapping Christmas presents for her three-and-half-year-old daughter and preparing for the birth of a baby boy in January. That was before her mortgage holder notified her in late November ...

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Advocates for tobacco tax increase will try again next year (access required)

It’ll be Take Two next year for a coalition of Idaho health organizations that want to raise Idaho’s tobacco tax, though they’ll still face strong opposition from lawmakers wanting to hold the line on taxes as well as smokers and ...

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Seven of Idaho’s looming state budget issues

After facing large budget deficits for several years, Idaho lawmakers likely have a less dire budget to deal with in the legislative session. Yet after Gov. “C.L.” Butch Otter unveils his next state budget in just over a month, lawmakers ...

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