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Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.

Photo shows Susan Hinchcliffe, a woman administering a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to a 14-month-old boy. He looks curious.

Parents and advocates scrutinize FDA delay in COVID vaccines for young kids

By: and - June 30, 2022

Clinical trials began in spring 2021 for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine tailored to infants and young children. After multiple variant surges, the trials had results by spring 2022. But it wasn’t until June 2022 that a federal panel looked at the Moderna trial results, alongside Pfizer’s similar vaccine, and gave its blessing. That delay left a […]

Photo of court document that includes a portrait of Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez and quotes from their statements

Ammon Bundy won’t respond to lawsuit, so St. Luke’s takes more legal action

By: - June 29, 2022

Ammon Bundy and associate Diego Rodriguez are not following legal processes in a lawsuit that stems from a child protection case, according to new court filings. Bundy ignored a court order, and Rodriguez is nowhere to be found, according to motions and affidavits filed this month by St. Luke’s Health System and its fellow plaintiffs […]

COMMENTARY
At-home COVID-19 test

The Biden administration said insurers must cover home COVID tests. It didn’t say how.

By: - June 27, 2022

I read the announcement in January with mixed emotions: The Biden administration would soon require health insurers to pay for eight at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests per person, per month, it said. What a helpful move to improve testing access for Americans whose jobs, schooling and daily lives expose them to the virus, I thought. Especially […]

Niki Manning

The “Great Resignation” comes to health care jobs in Idaho

By: - June 24, 2022

It was a very 2022 get-together: women who connected on social media, meeting in person for the first time over wine and hors d’oeuvres at a business that teaches computer coding — to talk about what comes next when you leave a career in health care. Although it is well established that Americans rarely stay […]

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

Interior secretary announces health program for wildland firefighters at NIFC in Boise

By: and - June 17, 2022

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, Secretary Deb Haaland said Friday. The additional funding, which Haaland announced at the National Interagency Fire Center, comes as part of the $1.5 billion in last […]

Members of the Central District Health board discuss mask guidance at a meeting in May 2022

Ada County a ‘rapid riser’ for COVID, hitting highest level of COVID impact Thursday

By: - June 16, 2022

Ada County spent just one week at the “moderate” community level before hitting the federal threshold for the highest level of COVID-19 concern on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses one set of data to determine how much the coronavirus is spreading in a community — and another set to determine how […]

Photo of Alison Henken (left) of Boise and Heather Etcheverry of Kimberly brought their children to the Capitol on June 11, 2022, to show support for gun control measures. They were joined by their children, Elianne Henken, 7, Natalie Etcheverry, 8, and Anderson Henken, 4.

Idaho’s federal lawmakers take gun money, won’t comment on gun control policies

By: - June 15, 2022

Idaho’s congressional delegation has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from gun rights organizations — and has stayed mostly quiet on the topic of new gun safety and gun control proposals now making their way through the U.S. Congress. The four men who represent Idahoans in the U.S. House and Senate have yet […]

Idaho state capitol building

Idaho political leaders, groups react to reports of Patriot Front arrests in Coeur d’Alene

By: and - June 13, 2022

Law enforcement officers in Kootenai County arrested a truckful of men on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to riot during a Pride in the Park event in Coeur d’Alene. The group included a leader and members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, according to reports. The 31 men came to North Idaho from at […]

Halima Hamud was born in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Idaho agencies will host World Refugee Day celebration with food, dance, music, citizenship ceremony

By: - June 9, 2022

Members of Idaho’s refugee community will gather in Boise and Twin Falls this month to mark World Refugee Day with music, food, dance and a citizenship ceremony. World Refugee Day recognizes people who fled their home countries to escape war or persecution. “It’s a day to remember the hardships that folks went through, but also […]

Photo of Lorenzo Olvera

From the halls of Congress and the White House, to Saint Al’s in Boise

By: - June 7, 2022

Lorenzo Olvera was ready for something new, but familiar. Olvera grew up in Caldwell, a child of immigrants from Mexico. He graduated 15 years ago from the College of Idaho and headed to Washington, D.C., to work in the halls of Congress and executive branch agencies, finally landing a job as director of the Senate […]

Nurses memorial in Washington, D.C.

The pandemic isn’t over, Idaho. This is what COVID looks like here, today.

By: - June 3, 2022

The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The coronavirus had spread to at least 114 countries by then, and — though nobody knew it at the time — was already in Idaho. “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause […]

Photo of the U.S. District Court, Idaho's federal courthouse in Boise

Idaho bankruptcy rates are down. A lot. But things may not be what they seem.

By: - May 25, 2022

When the pandemic arrived — prompting mass layoffs and short-lived restrictions on business activity — Idaho’s bankruptcy lawyers were told to expect the worst. “We were preparing for a tsunami of case filings” in the spring of 2020, said Stephen W. Kenyon, clerk of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho. […]