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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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Boise County tax cap comes back, with public vote (access required)

Boise County leaders could get a reprieve from Idaho lawmakers who already dashed one plan to let them issue bonds to pay off millions in legal payments. A House panel introduced a plan that would let Boise County issue bonds, ...

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Anti-criminal hiring policies could spur bias suits (access required)

For employers, policies that forbid the hiring of convicted felons may seem like a very good, common-sense idea, especially for companies in the hospitality industry or any other trade involving frequent contact with customers. But under an initiative from the ...

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Should lawyers advertise as ‘specialists?’ (access required)

 To stand out from the crowd, lawyers in some states can advertise themselves as “specialists” in a given practice area, but they must be sure to follow state ethics rules. J. Michael Hayes, a sole practitioner in Buffalo, N.Y., encourages ...

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States immune from lawsuits over sick time, says U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

A state employee who was denied leave for his own sickness cannot sue the state for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. States are immune under the Eleventh Amendment from ...

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PUC ruling could stall green energy power contracts (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission split the difference in a ruling March 21 on alternative energy. The ruling concerned a request from Idaho Power to temporarily suspend a requirement it buy power from alternative energy developers. The PUC was also considering ...

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Supreme Court sides with Idaho homeowners over EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution. The court sided with an Idaho couple who object ...

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Lawmakers steer clear of immigration changes (access required)

Idaho lawmakers have had no shortage of controversial and pressing bills to debate this year. But one important topic that’s seen relatively little action is illegal immigration. In years past, lawmakers have unsuccessfully floated plans putting new requirements on business ...

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