- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)58
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)2
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Lawsuit points finger at lumber companies
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five U.S. Forest Service whistleblowers who claim their timber theft unit was abolished to protect lumber companies from prosecutions will make their case at a hearing in June.
A federal administrative law judgewill hear the case, in which the former timber theft unit members charge that their 16-member division was abolished in 1995 after they began investigating alleged Forest Service cover-ups of corporate timber theft.
The Forest Service, which is fighting the allegations that date to 1996, has maintained for seven years that the unit was eliminated because it wasn't efficient.