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Judge tosses conservative activist’s suit against magazine

An Idaho judge has ruled that a liberal-leaning magazine did not defame one of Idaho’s wealthiest people in an article that said the businessman outed a local reporter as gay. Fourth District Judge Darla Williamson tossed out Frank VanderSloot’s lawsuit ...

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Commerce director tells lawmakers not to cut taxes

Legislators serving on a bipartisan tax working group received a bit of a surprise message Oct. 6 from outgoing Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer: Don’t lower taxes right now. Sayer, a Gov. Butch Otter appointee who is resigning at ...

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New federal regulator takes over review of broker-dealer audits (access required)

Even as regulators increased oversight of public companies, banks and the mortgage industry, they often overlooked the brokerage houses themselves that trade securities. Now a new regulator has taken over review of audits of broker-dealers, only to find that the ...

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State’s broadband costs could fall $5M below projections

Lawmakers received $5 million worth of good news Oct. 6. The state’s bill for school broadband could come in well below budget. One reason for the savings: School districts have been able to tap into federally administered dollars that had ...

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Most school districts and charters break Idaho transparency laws

Almost every district and charter in Idaho is out of compliance with state laws created to promote transparency in spending, contracts and long-term strategic planning. Idaho law requires districts and charters to post the following information on their websites: • ...

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Weakness and strength: 7 snapshots of the US job market (access required)

The U.S. job market no longer looks quite so robust. Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September, the government said Oct. 2. And the average job gain for each of the past three months — 167,000 — is well ...

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Idaho commerce chief to resign at year’s end (access required)

Jeff Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, will step down at the end of the year. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said in a prepared statement  Oct. 2 that Sayer is resigning to pursue private business opportunities. Sayer ...

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