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US seeks prison time for Idaho aquarium chief

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for the president of an Idaho aquarium convicted in the illegal shipping of protected sharks and rays from Florida. A federal judge in Key West is scheduled Dec. 2 to sentence Ammon Covino, president ...

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Justices rule that POST director’s 2009 firing came after ‘classic insubordination’

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Nov. 27 against a former director of the state police academy who was challenging his firing, saying his case was one of “classic insubordination” that wasn’t entitled to protections under the state’s Whistleblower Act. ...

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Idaho senator seeks 2014 review of Connecting Idaho; fatalities, accidents dropped, ITD says

With Idaho lawmakers unlikely to tackle significant transportation funding in 2014, one senator plans to ask legislative auditors to scrutinize the $840 million “Connecting Idaho” highway building program to help determine if it should be extended — or put on ...

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Idaho company pushes plan to divert Big Wood water

A company’s proposal to divert water from a central Idaho river to recharge a local aquifer so its clients can use their wells during dry periods has drawn opposition from conservation groups, government agencies and utilities on concerns the project ...

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Emmett woman sentenced for $1.2M embezzlement

An Idaho woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.2 million from her former employer has been sentenced to four to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution. Sonia Jean Branch of Emmett was sentenced Nov. 26 by 3rd ...

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Grocery stores urge shoppers to use cash or check

Owners of several grocery store chains are telling customers to consider paying by cash or check while investigators try to secure a computer network that was hacked over the past two months. The stores include all 12 Yoke’s Fresh Markets ...

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Idaho Romanians – CLARIFICATION

Clarification: Romanian Immigration Fraud story  In a story Nov. 24, the Idaho Business Review ran an Associated Press story that reported Florin Fleischer, the Romanian owner of a Ketchum home theater company, would be unwinding his Home Media Solutions business ...

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Contracts to buy US homes fall for 5th month

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases and the 16-day partial government shutdown held back sales. The National Association of Realtors said Nov. 25 ...

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Idaho Romanians face removal for immigration fraud

Eight Romanians who arrived in Idaho a decade ago face deportation after federal prosecutors say they entered sham marriages to stay illegally in America. Some were students, lured by work at the famed Sun Valley Resort. Some were friends, siblings ...

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Hailey City Council bans cedar-shake shingles

The Hailey City Council has voted to prohibit the use of cedar-shake shingles on rooftops in the wake of last summer’s large wildfire. The Idaho Mountain Express reports the council made the decision early the week of Nov. 18. The ...

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