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Nine Idaho post offices are on the chopping block (access required)

   Greenleaf City Clerk Lee Belt was unpleasantly surprised July 12 to receive notice about an upcoming meeting on closing Greenleaf’s only post office. The meeting is July 18.   “Getting that notice less than seven days before a meeting is ...

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Law jobs are scarce, nationally and in the Northwest (access required)

Mike Freese applied to law school in 2008, just as the economy went into a freefall. Freese figured by the time he was ready to graduate in 2012, things would have picked up again. But they haven’t. Freese, who is ...

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Farmland Foods accused of overvetting job applicants (access required)

Employers who ask job applicants for too many documents can get in trouble. The U.S. Justice Department is suing a Kansas City-based company, alleging it discriminated against some workers by asking them to present unnecessary documents in the hiring process. The suit ...

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Correction: only one GBAD-BCVB contract, not two (access required)

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the $24,500 contract was the second contract for the amount between GBAD and BCVB. There has been only a single contract.  The beleaguered Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau has received a $24,500 ...

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Oregon court: worker can be compensated for fall at home (access required)

A retail store employee may get workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained in a fall at home, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment. The plaintiff was employed by J.C. Penney as a custom decorator. Although she ...

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Denny’s to pay $1.3M to former employees (access required)

Denny’s has agreed to pay $1.3 million to dozens of former employees as part of a consent decree that requires the restaurant chain to overhaul its corporate policies regarding people with disabilities. The settlement, signed by U.S. District Court Judge ...

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Pouring cold water on the ‘hot coffee’ lawsuit legend (access required)

When trial lawyer Susan Saladoff decided to stop practicing law in 2009, it wasn’t because she was tired of the civil justice system. It was because she wanted to raise awareness about it. So she became a documentary filmmaker. “I ...

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Idaho Trust sues contractor for money owed bankrupt subcontractor (access required)

Idaho Trust Bank is suing McAlvain Construction to recover about $400,000 allegedly owed the bank’s former client, the bankrupt Romar Electric. Romar Electric worked as a subcontractor for Boise-based general contractor McAlvain on several large projects. Romar, of Meridian, closed ...

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