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Idaho at 9 a.m.

MEDICAID UNDERPAYMENT-LAWSUIT

BOISE — A Meridian company that provides in-home services to developmentally disabled clients is suing the state to recoup more than $12 million in underpaid Medicaid reimbursements and interest. The lawsuit was filed in state court by Inclusion Inc., against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which administers the Medicaid program.

SALMON SPAWNING STUDY

BOISE — A new study shows that salmon raised in a Nez Perce Tribe hatchery are spawning as successfully in the wild as wild salmon. Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Program Manager Dave Johnson told The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/T3MdRZ) that the study demonstrates how supplementation programs can boost salmon numbers and minimize impact to wild fish populations.

EVERGREEN PRODUCE-RECOVERY

BONNERS FERRY — When agents from the federal Food and Drug Administration knocked on the door of Nadine Scharf's North Idaho sprout-growing business last summer, she had no problem letting them nose around the facility. She didn't mind the 400-plus samples they took on two different occasions. She didn't protest when they asked her to explain her cleaning procedures. "We've never had any problem before," Scharf told them. "We do the same thing that we've done for 24 years." By Jennifer Pignolet of The Spokesman-Review.

MORMON CONFERENCE

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson urged his faith's followers to embrace the power of prayer and to reach out to people in need. Monson said Sunday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 182nd semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City that God hears the faithful and knows them.

Also:

— THRIFT STORE ARSON — Boise police: Church thrift store burglarized.

— IDAHO PLANE CRASH — Couple escapes serious injury in plane crash.

— IRRIGATION DITCH-BODY — Man's body found in irrigation ditch.

— YELLOWSTONE SCIENCE — Biennial science conference in Yellowstone.

— RARE HERCULES HOMICIDE — Police ask for public's help in death in Hercules.

— CENTURYLINK STRIKE — CenturyLink, union fail to reach labor agreement

— CRASH SURVIVORS-THANKS — Family rescued from plane crash thanks responders

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