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Disputed ‘ag gag bill’ advances in Idaho Senate

Milk producers convinced state senators Feb. 11 to back a bill aiming to halt spying on their operations, a measure prompted by animal activists who captured cruelty at a southern Idaho dairy on film in July 2012. The Agricultural Affairs ...

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Senator urges yes vote on minimum-wage increase

Activist groups are throwing their weight behind a Senate bill to increase Idaho’s minimum wage after abandoning an effort to gather enough signatures to put a similar measure before voters next November. The bid to put more money in the ...

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Spying landlord hit with $1M verdict (access required)

A jury in a suburb of Washington, D.C., has found a landlord liable for more than $1 million in damages for using a hidden camera to spy on a former tenant and her then-boyfriend. The jury verdict in Montgomery County, ...

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Prison company CCA to pay Idaho $1M over staffing

Corrections Corporation of America will pay Idaho $1 million for understaffing the state’s largest prison in violation of its contract, according to a settlement agreement announced Feb. 4. The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA acknowledged last year that its employees falsified staffing ...

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Treasurer: Inadequate controls in office remedied

Treasurer Ron Crane Feb. 3 rejected auditors’ conclusions that he heaped financial risk on Idaho taxpayers by transferring tens of millions worth of troubled mortgage-backed securities to state accounts in 2008. But Crane, a four-term treasurer, acknowledged Feb. 3 that ...

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Tip pools present perils for restaurants in US (access required)

Restaurants and other service industry businesses could have to defend against lawsuits if they aren’t properly distributing and reporting the tips their employees earn. At the very least, these business owners may also be missing out on a tax break. ...

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Idaho may lose $27M from ‘inappropriate’ transfers

State Treasurer Ron Crane’s office made inappropriate transfers that cost taxpayers $10.2 million, but the hit to public funds could rise to $27 million, according to an audit that concluded Idaho’s money manager overrode internal controls meant to contain financial ...

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Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime. The nine workers at a Boise facility who ...

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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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