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Dave Whaley, veteran Idaho union leader, dies (access required)

Dave Whaley, who ascended from the floor of a Lewiston sawmill to become the president of the AFL-CIO in Idaho, has died. He was 54. Whaley had pancreatic cancer and died at his home in Boise April 4, the Idaho ...

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Idaho lawmaker not immune from paying taxes

It’s been a tough week for tax-protesting Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, whose legal defense claiming special privilege as a lawmaker in a tax dispute with the IRS has been rejected by a federal judge. The defense was also greeted with ...

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Idaho takes aim at prison health care report

 The Idaho Department of Correction is telling a federal judge that a scathing report about health care at a Boise-area prison isn’t accurate and doesn’t reflect current conditions at the lockup. Attorneys for the state filed their response to the ...

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Judge: Idaho must provide reason for firing former ITD director (access required)

A federal judge has ruled in favor of former Idaho Transportation Director Pamela Lowe on a key legal question of her wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. U.S. District Judge Ronald Bush in a decision filed March 31 agreed with ...

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Japan, US, EU discuss rare earth supply security

Officials from the United States, the European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer together on ways to ensure secure supplies of strategically vital rare earths and other critical materials. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a conference March 28 in ...

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EPA pollution-cutting plan could affect Idaho

Idaho could be affected by a proposal to limit pollution from new power plants. The Obama administration forged ahead March 27 with the plan, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill ...

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Supreme Court sides with Idaho homeowners over EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution. The court sided with an Idaho couple who object ...

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Expert says Idaho prison care ‘cruel’

Medical care is so poor at an Idaho state prison that it amounts to neglect and cruel and unusual punishment, according to a report that was unsealed March 19. Correctional health care expert Dr. Marc Stern said there have been ...

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Women in Gov. Otter’s Cabinet make less than men

 An examination by an Idaho newspaper has found that the median salary for women in Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Cabinet is about $17,500 less than men. The Idaho Statesman reports the median salary for the 11 women in Otter’s Cabinet ...

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Teachers vs tax cuts: ‘What weight do we put on those priorities?’

Idaho’s dueling legislative chambers remain at odds over competing priorities that include tax cuts, teacher salaries and rainy-day savings, with key bills bottled up in committees while behind-the-scenes talks linger on. The House wants to cut state income taxes by ...

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