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U.S. Department of Labor in labor law crackdown (access required)

The U.S. Department of Labor wants restaurants and other employers to realize it is serious about violations to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s wage-and-hour laws.

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Megaload resumes journey after tribal blockade

The first of two massive shipments of oil refinery equipment continued its trek along scenic U.S. 12 early Tuesday after being temporarily halted by members of the Nez Perce Tribe who blocked the highway in protest. The load departed the ...

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Former Tamarack suitor gets 17 years in prison

The man who once tried to buy Idaho’s cash-strapped Tamarack Resort was ordered July 31 to immediately begin serving 17 years in prison for raiding pension funds to help finance the deal. Matthew Hutcheson, a former trustee who oversaw pension ...

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Agencies, Congress turn up heat on debt collectors (access required)

The rise in health-care-related consumer debt, student loans, shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying to them.

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New, disputed ‘megaloads’ arrive on Snake River

Two disputed 255-foot-long water purification units bound for energy projects in Alberta's oil sands await possible transport along a mountain corridor through Idaho and Montana.

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Idaho tax revenue up for third straight year

Idaho tax revenue exceeded forecasts for a third year as the state’s economy slowly recovered — enough to add millions to rainy day reserve accounts, though they’re just half record levels of more than $400 million before the recession began ...

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