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[post_thumbnail] Jim Chmelik, Idaho County commissioner, says rising health care costs are a concern to local government. According to a report in Investors Business Daily (IBD), city and state governments across the country are struggling to cope with the rising cost of health insurance for their employees. In Idaho it appears that city and county governments are struggling with the…

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[post_thumbnail] Idaho physician Dr. Loel Fenwick believes a cash-based system to pay for medical services is growing in popularity. In the midst of federal and state government agencies and insurance companies joining forces with each other to implement Obamacare, a different approach to health care is emerging. Patients, practitioners, labs and clinics are moving toward a cash-based system of buying…

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[post_thumbnail] Bob Fick, spokesperson for the Department of Labor, says Idaho employment is experiencing an increase. The Idaho Department of Labor reports that the state’s employment picture appears to be slowly improving with private sector job creation leading the way amid public sector declines. But statistics available on the Idaho controller’s website suggest that the number of state employees has…

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[post_thumbnail] Sen. John Tippets, R-Montpelier, says he is unaware Oneida County even has a weather modification district. According to the Idaho State Tax Commission, Oneida County has taxing authority to operate a “weather modification district.” Officials at the tax commission aren’t quite certain what the district actually does. In fact, neither the Oneida County clerk nor the chairman of the…

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[post_thumbnail] Idaho State Police are analyzing state's tinting law for possible recommendations to the Legislature. Two things in particular are stressful to police in performing their duties because they are uncertain what they might be encountering. Those are domestic disturbances and approaching a vehicle with extremely tinted windows. But could there be changes ahead for Idaho’s vehicle window tinting regulations?…

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[post_thumbnail] Federal lands make up 63 percent of the land mass within the state. The lands are administered mainly through the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The Idaho Republican Party is preparing to vote on a series of resolutions that, if adopted, call for the more than 60 percent of land within the state that is currently…

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[post_thumbnail] Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says all Americans should be concerned about the IRS targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups. IR: What are you hearing from Idahoans about the IRS targeting accusations? Risch: You know, we fought a revolution over this exact same thing. This should be an outrage to every American, not just if you’re a member of…

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[post_thumbnail] Sen. Dean Cameron says questions have arisen about the Department of Health and Welfare transferring funds to assist with startup of state insurance exchange. In a move that has raised questions among some Idaho legislators, the director of the state Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has chosen to transfer $385,000 out of the department and into the bank…

The Idaho Department of Education is pressing forward with its plan to outfit public high schools with wireless Internet as it prepares to award one of its largest private contracts ever to the future prospective outfitter. “We have over $2 million attached to this project,” said Lucy Willets, chief of staff to Tom Luna, superintendent of public instruction. “We haven’t…

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[post_thumbnail] Jeff Wright, a former naval security employee, says the government had been covertly monitoring its citizens years before the 911 attack. Jeff L. Wright, Fruitland, attended the University of Maryland, he is trained in the fields of international law, political science and information technology. His professional background includes work with telecommunications industries, banking and credit systems, and with a…