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Tribes, government agree to $1 billion settlement

The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, under a settlement announced April 11. The agreement resolves claims brought by ...

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Idaho pension trustee pleads not guilty to charges

A pension fund trustee charged with diverting more than $5 million from those retirement accounts to help finance his failed bid to buy Tamarack Resort has pleaded not guilty in federal court. Forty-one-year-old Matthew Hutcheson made an initial appearance April ...

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EPA says it can’t regulate lead in hunting bullets

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the latest petition from environmental groups that want the agency to regulate the amount of lead used in some hunting ammunition. The agency told the groups April 9 that it has no authority to act because ...

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Feds: Bodybuilding.com CEO admits selling steroids

The founder of an online fitness and bodybuilding company in Idaho pleaded guilty April 9 to illegally selling misbranded dietary supplements that contained steroids, according to federal prosecutors. Ryan Deluca, CEO of Meridian-based Bodybuilding.com, also agreed in a plea deal ...

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Supervalu reports loss for 4Q

 Supervalu Inc. said April 10 that it swung to a loss in the fourth quarter as a result of impairment charges and costs related to store closures and layoffs. But excluding those items, the company’s results beat Wall Street’s expectations, ...

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Spring: A time for flowers, high gasoline prices

Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive. It’s a galling time for drivers, and it’s more maddening than usual this year. The average price of gasoline could surpass $4 per gallon nationwide as early ...

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Is this the end of the gold rush?

The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged this week to its lowest level in three months. Gold fell April 4 almost $58 to $1,614 per ounce. It has declined ...

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Former inmates sue Idaho jail

A group of former inmates have filed a federal lawsuit against a county jail in south-central Idaho, saying they were sexually harassed and assaulted during a strip search last January.  The lawsuit was filed late last month in U.S. District ...

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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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