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Evans Keane LLP to open an office in Carlsbad, Calif.

Evans Keane LLP is opening an office in Carlsbad, Calif. Madeline Cahill and Larry Campitiello will staff the new office. Cahill is a partner who works in the firm’s Boise office. She will divide her time between Boise and the ...

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DOMA guidance could spur new litigation wave (access required)

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a statutory provision banning the recognition of same-sex marriages for federal purposes in June, business owners and their attorneys have been awaiting guidance from federal agencies as to how that ruling would ...

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EEOC puts new focus on severance agreements: Enforcement action serves as warning (access required)

For most employers, severance agreements are essential tools for ensuring that the end of an employment relationship does not lead to litigation. But a recent lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that an overly broad severance agreement ...

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New administration building to ease crowding in Canyon County (access required)

Canyon County is building a new, 49,500-square-foot administration building. The new building will go up next to the existing courthouse and administration building at 1115 Albany St. in Caldwell and  will accommodate several county offices and departments. Canyon County spokesman ...

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Ex-construction lobby chief convicted of fraud

A highway construction company owner who once led one of Idaho’s most-powerful building groups was convicted Sept. 19 of 22 criminal counts, including filing false tax returns and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. of millions of dollars. Elaine Martin, of ...

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Senate passes bill to avert helium shortage

The Senate has approved a bill to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a wide range of products, from party balloons to MRI machines. The Federal Helium Program, ...

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Idaho nuke workers sue fed agency over records

Two workers at the Idaho National Laboratory have sued the U.S. Department of Energy under the Freedom of Information Act, claiming they were wrongly denied documentation about an accident in which they were exposed to plutonium. Brian Simmons and Ralph ...

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Signs going up for more 80 mph zones in Utah

Get ready to rev your engine if you’re driving onto rural Utah interstates: Signs are going up this week increasing the speed limit on many stretches to 80 mph. The Utah Legislature approved the new, faster zones during the last ...

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Former E. Idaho councilman pleads guilty to fraud

The former president of the Rigby City Council has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for taking money from the estate of a deceased client two years ago. Lawrence Blackburn entered an Alford Plea in the case Sept. 16 in 7th ...

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Private prison company CCA in contempt of court

The nation’s largest private prison company is being held in contempt of court by a federal judge for chronic understaffing at an Idaho prison. U.S. District Judge David Carter made the ruling against the Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America ...

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