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Jury awards BNSF Railway whistleblower $1.6 million

A former BNSF Railway employee who says he was fired after conducting a brake test despite objections from his supervisors has been awarded $1.6 million.


Cop code of silence: Chicago mayor caught in middle of legal battle

In an unprecedented move, city attorneys on Friday offered to admit to a federal jury that a code of silence exists in the Chicago Police Department if it meant Mayor …


Clearwater Paper ordered to pay $235,000 to whistleblower

A federal judge has ordered Clearwater Paper Corp. to pay a former employee $235,000 after ruling the company fired him for filing a report with a federal agency about unsafe …


Julian Assange claims total vindication with U.N. panel ruling

A little-known United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be allowed to walk …


Feds accuse Valley company Monaco Enterprises of overbilling military

Federal prosecutors accuse a Spokane Valley manufacturer of systematically overbilling the U.S. military, potentially involving hundreds of contracts spanning more than five years. The allegations against Monaco Enterprises were first …


Spokane Valley’s Monaco Enterprises accused of overbilling U.S. military

Federal prosecutors accuse a Spokane Valley manufacturer of systematically overbilling the U.S. military, potentially involving hundreds of contracts over more than five years. The allegations against Monaco Enterprises were first …


Idaho juvenile corrections employees say agency stalling over records

BOISE – A group of Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections employees who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state say the agency is violating a judge’s order to meet and …


Department of Labor files complaint after whistleblower firing at Clearwater Paper

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower complaint against Clearwater Paper Corp. for allegedly firing a worker who raised concerns about excessive sawdust exposure.


Audit of Spokane County assessor’s office finds late appraisals

The Spokane County assessor’s office undervalued scores of properties for years, according to a state audit for 2008 and 2009. The report released Monday says new construction on 157 properties …


State auditor criticizes Spokane County Assessor’s Office

New construction overlooked, coding errors missed


Democratic lawmaker: ‘Professionalize’ Idaho’s tax panel

BOISE - Idaho Rep. Wendy Jaquet plans to introduce sweeping legislation to reform Idaho’s state Tax Commission, shifting it from an agency run by four full-time political appointees to one …


Pending tax deals could cost Idaho $75 million

Idaho stands to lose more than $75 million just from tax compromises that are now in the works, according to a group of whistleblowers who are current and former employees …


Lawmakers steamed over tardy tax report

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are losing patience with the state Tax Commission, which hasn’t filed a required report on secret tax deals for corporations. A whistleblower alleged last year that …


Senators: Tax Commission needs reform

Idaho’s state Tax Commission hasn’t complied with the recommendations in a state report that followed a whistleblower’s allegations that the panel was cutting secret deals to excuse millions in taxes …


Secret tax deals legal, says Wasden

BOISE – Idaho’s attorney general has concluded there was nothing illegal about secret tax deals struck by the state Tax Commission with large multistate corporations to excuse them from paying …


County money transfer questioned

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has been asked to investigate an allegedly illegal transfer of money from a Building and Planning Department account to the county’s general fund. In a …


Planning director’s complaint investigated

An outside investigator says there is no merit to Spokane County Building and Planning Director Jim Manson’s whistle-blower complaint against the planner who successfully blew the whistle on him. Manson’s …


No Reward For Hanford Cost-Saving Idea Engineer Loses To Department Of Energy; Says Suit ‘Has Made My Life Miserable’

A former Hanford engineer who developed an idea that helped save taxpayers millions of dollars has lost his bid for a reward. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed …


Researcher On Trial After Finding Radiation Navy Charged Him With Trespass For Swimming Into Puget Sound Base

In 1990, Norm Buske was expelled from France for collecting plankton at the Mururoa atoll, an underwater nuclear-bomb test site. That same year he sent the governor of Washington a …