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Idaho takes aim at prison health care report

 The Idaho Department of Correction is telling a federal judge that a scathing report about health care at a Boise-area prison isn’t accurate and doesn’t reflect current conditions at the lockup. Attorneys for the state filed their response to the ...

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Judge: Idaho must provide reason for firing former ITD director (access required)

A federal judge has ruled in favor of former Idaho Transportation Director Pamela Lowe on a key legal question of her wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. U.S. District Judge Ronald Bush in a decision filed March 31 agreed with ...

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Minorities make gains in federal workforce, report says (access required)

Minorities are making progress in securing senior level positions in federal agencies, according to a new annual report released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “Over the last 10 years women, Hispanic or Latino, Black/African American, and Asian employees have ...

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Charity connections to local business expose ethical issues (access required)

A Weiser man has taken an unorthodox approach to marketing his company, but it comes with legal and ethical questions on the proper use of a charity. Dee Van Tassell, owner of Instafoods International in Boise, is selling his food ...

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Boise County voters will decide on judgment levy to raise taxes (access required)

Boise County residents will vote in May on whether the county can raise property taxes and issue a bond to finally put to bed a multi-million dollar court settlement. Idaho lawmakers approved legislation March 29 that would let the counties ...

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Employer request for Facebook passwords yields legislation, investigation (access required)

After recent reports that employers were requesting Facebook passwords from job applicants, state and federal legislators quickly responded with possible legislation. And they’ve asked for a federal investigation into the  practice. Employers like the city of Bozeman, Mont. had a ...

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Tax cut clears Idaho Senate, heads to governor’s desk

The Idaho Senate approved a $35.7 million income tax cut that would benefit businesses and high income tax filers. The tax cut, which passed the full Senate later on March 29, had languished for four weeks since passing the House ...

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Damaged crops yield $40 million verdict for farmers in Oregon court (access required)

Two farmers received a total of almost $40 million from a Portland, Ore., jury after their nursery crops, including blueberry, rhododendron and Japanese maple plants, were destroyed by a faulty fertilizer. The plaintiffs switched to a new fertilizer that was ...

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