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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has accepted Idaho Power Company's 20-year plan to meet the energy needs in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. The commission has announced the approval of the company's plan that predicts an increase from 516,000 customers to 711,000 over the next two decades. Idaho Power is allowed to operate as a monopoly but in return is regulated by the state. Every two years the company is required to file an Integrated Resource Plan.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eight medical care providers and two developmentally disabled patients have filed a lawsuit against Idaho seeking to halt a plan to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for in-home care for the developmentally disabled. The Post Register reports that the lawsuit contends the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare didn't go through the proper rule-making procedure before announcing the cuts.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A Coeur d'Alene man died after having a heart attack while snowmobiling. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Kelly Nelson started having heart attack-like symptoms while riding his snowmobile in a remote section of mountains near Grizzly Peak on Saturday. Medical crews were unable to revive him.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Youth Ranch has received an anonymous $7.5 million donation to expand services at its new location in Canyon County. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the nonprofit organization says the donation will launch a $22 million project to help struggling youth and families throughout the state.