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Blue Cross of Idaho subject of anti-trust suit

An Idaho woman has filed an anti-trust suit against Blue Cross of Idaho contending it violates anti-trust laws by sectioning off the country into non-competitive regions, reports the  Associated Press in an Idaho Statesman story. Blue Cross contends it has … Continue reading

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CDA to ask urban renewal for more funds to build city park

On a split vote in which the mayor of Coeur d’Alene  broke the tie, the city plans to ask Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC), an urban renewal district, for another $4.2 million to build a new park, according to a … Continue reading

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Idaho school funding formula under the court microscope again

Idaho’s K-12 funding formula for public education has been challenged in court as early as 1990 and, most recently, in October 2012, says a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press that was originally published in the Idaho Falls newspaper. The … Continue reading

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Caldwell irrigation fight could have statewide implications

What began as a local battle between the city of Caldwell and the Pioneer Irrigation District could have statewide ramifications, according to an Associated Press story in the Idaho Press-Tribune. The Idaho Waters Users Association says if the city prevails … Continue reading

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Gun stores report spike in sales, concealed weapons requests

Following the killings Dec. 14 at a school in Connecticut and a renewed national debate on gun control, one north Idaho store says it is experiencing a run on gun purchases as well as classes booked solid for people seeking … Continue reading

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Kootenai County wants more information on building private jail

Commissioners in Kootenai County, faced with inmate overcrowding and the expense of sending its prisoners to other facilities, have taken another step in pursuing construction of a private jail, reports the Coeur d’Alene Press. Rocky Mountain Corrections made a presentation … Continue reading

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Battle shaping up over eliminating business property tax

The Idaho Legislature won’t convene until Jan. 7, but there is no doubt that one of the more contested issues to be considered by lawmakers is the elimination of the personal property tax on businesses, according to an Associated Press … Continue reading

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Alternative energy foes, proponents say PUC ruling gave them something

In a long-awaited decision involving wind and solar energy, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission established new rules and regulations for such projects, says an Associated Press story in the Idaho Press-Tribune. Both sides involved in the issue–those favoring alternative energy … Continue reading

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Post Falls City Council votes to fund overpass with urban renewal money

Despite one city resident saying the city of Post Falls does not belong in the bridge-building business, the City Council voted 5-0 to fund a new I-90 overpass by extending the life of an urban renewal district, according to a … Continue reading

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Ed reform will be a hot topic in coming Legislature

The dust has settled on the voters’ rejection of three education reform measures passed by the Legislature in the 2011 session, but the fallout is expected to be a dominant topic during the 2013 legislative session, says a story in … Continue reading

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