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Federal investigators say that a Tennessee man and his family raised millions of dollars  for cancer patients, then spent the money on cars, luxury cruises, college tuition and to employ family members with six-figure salaries.

Officials say it's one of the largest charity fraud cases ever and involves all 50 states.

More than 13,000 businesses as well as state and local governments have received a portion of $35 million following the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the entities recently received the money after the Idaho Insurance Fund settled the lawsuit that focused on dividends.

The fund paid dividends to policy holders on a prorated basis, but plaintiffs said state law required the fund to pay equal dividends to policy holders.

The fund provides workers compensation insurance.

A judge has entered a not guilty plea for a 22-year-old Idaho man charged with killing a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son at a Boise home.

Adam Dees of Nampa appeared Thursday in 4th District Court but declined to enter a plea.

He's charged with three counts of first-degree murder as well as robbery and other crimes.

Prosecutors allege Dees killed 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores Elaine Welp, and 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp on March 8 or 9.

A Boise State University student is suing school officials in federal court because he contends they discriminated against him by refusing to give him a meningitis vaccine designed for younger adults.

Christopher Burdge doesn't list his age in the lawsuit but states that he is older than 55. Burdge contends that he tried to take part in a free campus vaccination event held last year, but that BSU medical staffers refused to give him the meningitis vaccine because it was designed for people under age 55.

This story was updated May 7, 2015

Court documents say a man told investigators he used a gun hidden in his pocket to kill an Idaho police officer because he feared the officer would find the weapon.

The records released Wednesday say 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro told authorities he shot Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore on Tuesday and then stole his patrol car.

Renfro said he used methamphetamine the day before the shooting, which was recorded by the officer's body camera.

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about whether states should be allowed to ban same-sex marriage. While Idaho is not directly involved in this case, whatever the court decides will impact the law here.

Idaho State Police

State police will build a new headquarters in southeast Idaho sometime next year.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the state legislature authorized $5.4 million to construct a new 24,000-square-foot facility in Pocatello.

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On Nov. 13, 2014, Tod Halsey noticed something strange about one part of the roof under the cut shop at Woodgrain Millwork. It was sagging between two beams.

“It was literally bowing,” said Halsey, a forklift driver who worked at the mill for 28 years. “It looked like it was smiling.”
 

“I told supervisors,” he said. “They came out and looked at it and said it would be all right.”

The sagging roof troubled Halsey, but he said even he would not have guessed what would come.

Man Charged With Murder In Ada County Triple Homicide Case

Apr 8, 2015

This post was updated at 4:41 p.m.

A grand jury in Ada County has indicted Adam Dees, 22, with three counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores (Elaine) Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp.

Their bodies were found March 10 inside their home in the Boise foothills.

Ada County prosecutors say  it’s not yet clear if they’ll seek the death penalty.

Idaho National Guard

Officials have scheduled the initial hearing for the Army sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Army officials announced Thursday that his Article 32 hearing will be held July 8 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

That proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial.

A southwest Idaho sheriff says a man arrested in connection with the killings of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son is officially a suspect in the triple homicide.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney in making the statement on Thursday also repeated his belief that any ongoing threat to the community was eliminated when officers took 22-year-old Adam Dees of Nampa into custody March 11.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in favor of the State of Idaho in a fight over Medicaid payments to providers. The decision could impact Medicaid's low-income patients across the state. 

The case began after a 2009 lawsuit against the state. Officials with Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare had recommended increasing payment rates to private medical providers who serve Medicaid patients.

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The Supreme Court says private sector health care companies cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs.

The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday that the medical companies have no private right to enforce federal Medicaid funding laws against states if Congress has not created such a right.

The preliminary hearing for a 22-year-old southwest Idaho man charged in connection with the killings of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son has been postponed after the defense attorney withdrew.

An Ada County judge on Thursday then approved Adam M. Dees' request for a public defender after Dees said he had no significant assets or a job.

Dees is charged with grand theft and forgery in connection with the killings of 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores E. Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp.

Bergdahl Writing Reveals Idaho Native Was Tortured, Caged As POW

Mar 26, 2015
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Former POW and Idaho native Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape captivity 12 times in five years he says.

The New York Times news service reports Bergdahl first tried to escape a few hours after he was captured by a Taliban group in 2009.

Bergdahl’s lawyer provided a page-and-a-half narrative written by the 28-year-old soldier. It’s the first public glimpse into Bergdahl’s own experience as a prisoner of war.

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