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Morning News: University Tuition Increases, Affordable Housing ‘Out Of Reach’ For Some

State Board Vote: Idaho University Students Will Pay More Next Fall | Boise State Public Radio Idaho’s Board of Education gave the state’s universities the go ahead Wednesday to raise tuition. This spring a full time student at Boise State University paid nearly $2,800 in tuition and fees, a little more at the University of Idaho. (

Blue Cross of Idaho insurance rate increase gets the state’s OK | The state Department of Insurance has given the green light on a rate increase for several Blue Cross of Idaho health insurance plans. The insurer raised rates by an annual average of 14.4 percent for several individual health insurance policies, including BlueCare, HSA Blue, Simply Blue, Essential Blue and Essential Blue Plus plans. (

Affordable Apartments ‘Out of Reach’ For Minimum-Wage Earners | Boise Weekly An affordable housing nonprofit says an Idahoan making minimum wage has to work a minimum of 71 hours before he or she can afford a two-bedroom Gem State apartment. The National Low Income Housing Coalition advocates for socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have access to affordable and decent homes. (

Farmers’ market cleans out vendors selling from grocery stores | Prior to the 2011 season, the Pocatello-based farmers market imposed a ban on reselling produce — except for commodities unavailable in Southeast Idaho purchased directly from a farm. For example, Johnson and his son Richard, who farms 18 acres in Blackfoot, can still sell cherries they buy directly from a Washington grower. (


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