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Eye on Boise: Medicaid enrollment beginning Nov. 1

Idaho will start enrollment in its newly expanded Medicaid program on Nov. 1, with benefits starting Jan. 1, and the state already has identified about 70,000 people it knows are likely to be eligible and sign up.
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Pay disparity hampers teacher retention in small districts

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Some smaller Idaho school districts are struggling to retain teachers who are tempted by the bigger paychecks and increased resources offered by larger districts. The Post Register reports records from the State Department of Education show that 184 teachers have changed school districts in Idaho since the 2014 school year. Many switched from a smaller district to a larger one where base pay salaries can run at least $4,000 higher.

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Lone mayoral candidate drops out in Harrison, following resignation of former mayor

Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only write-in candidates to head a government that has seen turmoil in the past few years tied to charges of intimidation and a defamation lawsuit tied to a Wi-Fi network name.
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University of Idaho expert on vaping: Avoid it

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

As cases of vaping-related illness in the U.S. surged past 800 this week (with 12 dead), many throughout the country, including some local experts, say it’s best to avoid the devices altogether.
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U.S. nuclear lab partners with utilities to produce hydrogen

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

BOISE – The U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab is partnering with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored and used to power everything from industry to personal vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday said the Idaho National Laboratory will work with Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions, Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
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Idaho Press Club sues Ada County over public record access

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

The Idaho Press Club has filed a lawsuit against Ada County, saying officials repeatedly violated Idaho’s Public Record Act in response to four separate public records request from journalists. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Attorney Deborah Ferguson asks a judge to order Ada County to release the public records. Ada County spokeswoman Elizabeth Duncan says the county looks forward to the judge weighing in on the matter.
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University of Idaho receives approval to sell Sandpoint property

The University of Idaho received approval from the State Board of Education Thursday to sell a 75-acre parcel of land in Sandpoint that has gone unused for more than a decade. The property will be sold to developer Tim McDonnell for $4 million, according to board documents.
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Residents of Harrison, Idaho, get OK to drink water after days without

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Chemical tests so far have revealed no contamination, but officials are waiting for the results of a final asbestos test before declaring the city’s water safe to drink. Bottled water is being handed out at town hall in the city of roughly 200 residents on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
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Court: Idaho must give transgender inmate gender surgery

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

BOISE – Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men’s prison, a federal appeals court said Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Idaho that the state’s denying the surgery for 31-year-old Adree Edmo amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.