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Chamber of Commerce ads to run in Idaho, W.Va.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year’s ...

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Report: States more lax than feds on judge rules

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have more lax financial disclosure rules for their high court justices than the disclosure requirements for federal judges, according to an analysis from a watchdog group. In three states — Montana, Utah ...

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Emmett woman sentenced for $1.2M embezzlement

An Idaho woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.2 million from her former employer has been sentenced to four to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution. Sonia Jean Branch of Emmett was sentenced Nov. 26 by 3rd ...

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Idaho Romanians – CLARIFICATION

Clarification: Romanian Immigration Fraud story  In a story Nov. 24, the Idaho Business Review ran an Associated Press story that reported Florin Fleischer, the Romanian owner of a Ketchum home theater company, would be unwinding his Home Media Solutions business ...

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Idaho Romanians face removal for immigration fraud

Eight Romanians who arrived in Idaho a decade ago face deportation after federal prosecutors say they entered sham marriages to stay illegally in America. Some were students, lured by work at the famed Sun Valley Resort. Some were friends, siblings ...

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EEOC focus on national origin bias could signal new guidance (access required)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent focus on compliance and enforcement issues surrounding laws barring national origin-based job bias has some attorneys wondering if new guidance may be forthcoming. The EEOC held a meeting on Nov. 13 to address the ...

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Idaho nonprofits warned of donation scam

At least two members of the Idaho Nonprofit Center have been targeted by an overpayment donation scam, and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is asking nonprofits to be wary. “The scam works like this: The thief uses a credit card or ...

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U.S. Supreme Court considering limits of SOX protection (access required)

Just how far do “whistleblower” protections extend? The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are wrangling with that question – specifically, whether an employee of a private contractor or subcontractor hired by a public company is covered by whistleblower protections ...

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Peers, family and friends salute first IBR Leaders in Law

In a venue where whispers, padded footsteps and book pages slowly being turned are the normal sounds, a lively celebration was held Thursday Nov. 14. A reception, complete with music and an awards ceremony, was held at the law library ...

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Heinz closing Pocatello plant, cutting 410 jobs (access required)

H.J. Heinz Co. is closing its plant in Pocatello as well as two other North America plants, cutting 1,350 jobs. The food maker said Nov. 14 that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six ...

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