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Private prison workers sue CCA over safety issues

Three current workers and one former worker at Idaho’s largest private prison are suing Corrections Corporation of America in state court over what they say is a dangerous work environment. Mark Eixenberger, Mandi Bravo, Mario Vasquez and Leonard King filed ...

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Federal judge: St. Luke’s violated antitrust law

A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho’s largest independent physicians’ practice. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Jan. 24, ordering St. Luke’s Health System to undo its buyout of ...

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State budget writers approve prison takeover hires

Legislative budget writers have approved $1.9 million in spending to hire 90 prison guards and workers for Idaho’s takeover of the privately managed Idaho Correctional Center. The Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America has operated Idaho’s largest prison since it ...

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Federal judges get long-awaited raises (access required)

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All federal judges have received a long-awaited 14 percent pay raise, as years of catch-up cost-of-living adjustments were added to their paychecks, according to Bloomberg News. The chief justice is being paid $255,500, up from $223,500, according to the report, ...

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Supreme Court hears severance pay case (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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House panel OKs tax rules for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples legally married in other states but living in Idaho must file state income taxes separately, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee said Jan. 14. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee made the decision Jan. 14, over objections this ...

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Idaho manufacturing training and energy research could get more funding (access required)

Two education programs supported by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter would add more than $2 million in funding for programs that could benefit Idaho energy and manufacturing businesses. The governor’s budget includes adding $1 million in added funding for the ...

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Cost of a Boise State football player: $172,415 (access required)

Total operating expenses for each Boise State University scholarship football player were $172,415 in 2011, including scholarships to the university. That outpaced spending at the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and most Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The costs for ...

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State worker count increases, but not in middle-class jobs (access required)

The number of Idaho state employees has increased for the fourth straight year, but there was a drop in middle-income jobs from 2013. A yearly report from the Idaho State Controller’s Office shows that the state had 24,979 employees at ...

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