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E. Idaho businessman is new head of the state Department of Commerce

The governor has appointed an eastern Idaho businessman to head the Idaho Department of Commerce. Jeff Sayer is expected to start Oct. 3 as agency director. The governor’s office says Sayer most recently worked in business consulting as a managing ...

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Idaho inmates settle prison lawsuit

A potential class-action lawsuit against the nation’s largest private prison company over allegations of violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court. The agreement between the inmates and Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America was filed ...

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Feds fault removal of pillar in fatal mine cave-in

A decision by managers of a silver mine in northern Idaho to remove ore from a pillar providing support contributed to the collapse of a tunnel that killed a 53-year-old miner in April, federal investigators said. The Mine Safety and ...

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Idaho man accused in Ponzi scheme seeks leniency

An eastern Idaho man who pleaded guilty to felony wire fraud and money laundering as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors is asking a federal judge for leniency. Daren Palmer filed paperwork in U.S. District Court in Pocatello the ...

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Idaho ed panel issued warning on laptop program

A task force helping implement Idaho’s plan to phase in laptops for high school teachers and students was cautioned Sept. 12 against contact with computer vendors that might be eyeing a potentially lucrative contact with the state. The 39-member panel ...

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UI student injured in 2009 fall sues school

A University of Idaho student who suffered serious injuries in a 27-foot fall from a fraternity house window two years ago is suing the school. Amanda Andaverde, who is from Caldwell, and her family filed a lawsuit in 2nd District ...

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Court OKs Hecla Superfund settlement

 The U.S. District Court in Idaho has approved a $263.4 million settlement with Hecla Mining Co., the silver producer said Sept. 9, which would bring closer to an end one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits. The Department of Justice ...

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Idaho reclaims insurance rate reviews from feds

The state averted a federal takeover of insurance rate increase reviews in Idaho. Federal officials said in July they would assume the responsibility of reviewing increases of 10 percent or more in health insurance premiums proposed by private Idaho insurance ...

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Rick Hill asks courts to help in real estate scam

A former congressman and Republican hopeful for governor is among those leading a group of investors alleging they were cheated out of millions in a real estate investment deal, a group that will be asking the Montana Supreme Court later ...

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