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Employees say tax commish helped pal

Idaho State Tax Commission employees say Chairman Royce Chigbrow tried to use his position to help a friend who is embroiled in a dispute with a business partner. Documents show Chigbrow sought to help Benton “Skip” Hofferber, who supported Chigbrow’s ...

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Workers’ compensation rates to rise

Workers’ compensation insurance rates are set to increase by an average of 3.7 percent in Idaho in 2011, said Donna Daniel, insurance analyst senior with the state Department of Insurance. Rates are headed higher for the first time since 2005. ...

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ITD hearing officer endorses ConocoPhillips’ oversized loads

The Idaho Transportation Department’s director should allow ConocoPhillips to ship four oversized loads from the Port of Lewiston along U.S. 12 to the Montana border, ITD Hearing Officer Merlyn Clark recommended Dec. 28. Clark, in a recommended order for ITD ...

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Police: New pawn shop rules aim to curb theft

Lewiston Police say proposed changes to a Lewiston city ordinance requiring pawn shops to upload receipts electronically aim to help officers better track stolen goods before they are resold. Police Capt. Roger Lanier says pawn shops will have to submit ...

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U.S. 12 megaloads: Imperial modules would roll during peak tourism season (access required)

Mike Smith doesn’t want Imperial Oil’s huge modules next to his roadside resort in north central Idaho. But there’s nothing he can do to stop them. “It’s going to happen. We’re planning on it,” said Smith, who owns Three Rivers ...

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Qwest Arena ownership balks at sale to auditorium district (access required)

Tearing down Qwest Arena to build new convention center space in downtown Boise is a no go. At least one of the arena’s owners, holding a 40 percent stake, is unwilling to sell their interest, and another majority owner would ...

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Novartis paying Idaho $350,000 to settle case

A Swiss pharmaceutical company is paying Idaho $350,000 in a settlement of fraud charges. The deal with Novartis, part of a broader case against the Swiss company brought by other states, resolves allegations that it improperly promoted an anti-epileptic drug ...

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Idaho revenue beats forecasts again in November

Idaho ended November with more tax revenue than forecast. The state Division of Financial Management reports Idaho has taken in $973.2 million July 1. That figure is nearly $40 million ahead of projections that were significantly lowered in August. The ...

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