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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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Bieter: Boise hindered by laws, wages and culture (access required)

Idaho’s laws, wages and culture are hindering the city’s sustainable growth, says Boise Mayor David Bieter. Bieter said he’d like to see changes to the two-thirds supermajority required to issue bonds. That supermajority requirement felled two recent bond measures. Bieter ...

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Library Commission, Reuseum putting 3-D printers in five libraries (access required)

The Idaho Commission for the Libraries is bringing three-dimensional printers built by Garden City’s Reuseum into five library systems across the state. The printers, which can quickly create 3-D plastic models and can be used for prototypes of various devices, ...

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Tyson wins nearly $1 million judgment against bankrupt Idaho ranch (access required)

Tyson Fresh Meats has won a $958,000 judgment in a federal bankruptcy court against Hollifield Ranches over breach of a cattle-feeding contract. In a Nov. 7 ruling, Hollifield, a cattle-growing operation based in Hansen, lost a countersuit alleging that Tyson, ...

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Judge questions necessity in hospital lawsuit

A federal judge says that a lawsuit between two Idaho hospitals and the Federal Trade Commission comes down to whether St. Luke’s Health System really needs to buy more physician practices to bring about promised long-term cost savings and improved ...

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4 couples sue Idaho over same-sex marriage ban

Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states. Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea ...

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GEO Group, CCA won’t bid on Idaho prison contract

The two biggest private prison companies in the nation say they don’t want the contract to run a troubled Idaho prison, and that could shrink the pool of potential bidders to just two smaller companies. GEO Group Inc. sent a ...

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U.S. Supreme Court justices take up patent burden of proof (access required)

In a case that could have a significant impact on patent litigation, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disinclined to shift the burden of proof onto patent licensees to prove non-infringement in declaratory judgment actions. During oral arguments ...

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