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Businessmen imprisoned 4 years after fraud convictions

Four men convicted in 2014 of fraud stemming from the collapse of an Idaho property management company were finally sent to prison. Douglas Swenson, the founder and CEO of bankrupt Meridian-based Diversified Business Services and Investments, or DBSI, was taken ...

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Energy storage company thrives on disaster prep

Many customers are living off the grid in tiny homes thanks to James Brainard’s innovation – an 1,100-watt, rechargeable lithium battery that’s lightweight and can store power generated from portable solar panels. Brainard, co-founder of the Pocatello-based startup technology company ...

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Trade pain: Small companies hit by import, export tariffs

Time and effort have gone down the drain for Steve Gould, who is scrambling to find new customers for his gin, whiskey and other spirits since the United States has taken a tough stance on trade issues. Before the European ...

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Idaho commission sees increase in sexual harassment claims

The Idaho Human Rights Commission says it has seen a noticeable increase in sexual harassment complaints following the explosion of the #MeToo movement. Nearly a third out of all 88 complaints surrounding possible employee discrimination have included sexual harassment as ...

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HotShot app limits access by hourly workers

An Idaho Falls developer has created a messaging application that protects employers from labor claims by ensuring that hourly employees can only read messages about work during working hours. Hourly employees working off the clock can be expensive, said Aaron ...

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Northwest — including Idaho — is a hotbed of nuclear research (access required)

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The next generation of nuclear power is making its way toward Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as two small modular reactors (SMRs) work their way through the regulatory process. SMRs are smaller than traditional nuclear reactors, but are less expensive to ...

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Micron served with Chinese DRAM injunction (access required)

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Micron said it has received a preliminary injunction regarding computer chips it sells in China, but said it should not affect its earnings much. The preliminary injunction enjoins the company’s Chinese subsidiaries from manufacturing, selling, or importing certain Crucial and Ballistix-branded ...

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Historical horse racing’ qualifies for Idaho ballot

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says a proposal to legalize historical horse racing betting terminals will be on the Idaho ballot in November. Denney announced July 10 that the ballot initiative collected enough valid signatures from the required amount of ...

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Judge: Experts can testify that Roundup linked to cancer

Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems “weak,” but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled July 10. The decision by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco allows hundreds of lawsuits ...

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Idaho pharmacist sues hospital, alleging discrimination

A former pharmacist for a Boise hospital has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subject to racist and sexist harassment by multiple employees before being wrongfully terminated after just five months. In the 21-page suit filed July 6, Lolettima Johnson, ...

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