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Otter urges end to sexual harassment amid lawsuits

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter say they are working to bring awareness to stop sexual assault and harassment and are encouraging Idahoans to also step up in their efforts. The governor’s tweeted statement highlighted the popular ...

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With ESOPs, ‘When things get tougher, people work harder’

Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs, are a way for employers to ensure that their workers have a personal stake in the success of the business. Nationally, 9,000 to 10,000 companies use ESOPs, covering 13.5 million employees, or 10 percent ...

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Judge: Idaho waited a year before reading prison court order

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho prison officials failed to enact court-mandated prison health care improvements for two years from 2014 to 2016 and that some of the officials did not read the court order outlining what was supposed ...

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Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database

Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is aimed at cleaning voter records and preventing voter ...

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Discrimination lawsuit filed against University of Idaho

A woman who graduated from the University of Idaho’s law school in Moscow has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit contending the school failed to take adequate measures after she was sexually assaulted by another student. The lawsuit filed the week ...

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Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Oct. 19 by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more ...

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Idaho lawmakers reject removing campaign contribution limits

An Idaho legislative panel reviewing possible campaign finance reforms rejected a proposal Oct. 19 to lift the state’s campaign contribution limits. Instead, the 10-member bipartisan committee unanimously agreed that Idaho’s modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should ...

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Advocates seek to make cities more vibrant after dark (access required)

Leni Schwendinger wants to see cities become as vibrant at night as they are during the day. The opportunity for improvement is vast, according to the artist and lighting specialist. “When it’s dark for a designer or artist, there is ...

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Entry-level architects’ compensation highest in Pacific states, AIA reports (access required)

People working in the architecture industry have a new tool to compare their salaries with others’ around the country. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has created a salary calculator that compares salaries for nine U.S. regions. The organization released ...

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