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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.

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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. […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

Idaho unemployment breaks another record, drops to ‘historic low’ of 2.6%

By: - May 20, 2022

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in April, down from March’s rate of 2.7%, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Friday. The Twin Falls metro area had the largest jump in non-agricultural employment last month, the department said, with a 1.4% increase. The Twin Falls area also had the largest year-over-year increase in employment: […]

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Idaho’s 2022 primary election motivated voters almost as much as 1994 ‘Republican revolution’

By: - May 19, 2022

Not since the historic 1994 midterms has so much of Idaho’s electorate turned out to vote in a midterm primary election. The primary election in Republican-dominated Idaho usually determines the ultimate winner of the general election — and, on Tuesday, voters largely showed up at the polls to support establishment Republicans over their far-right challengers […]

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Idaho 2022 primary election results: The race for governor, U.S. House and more

By: - May 17, 2022

The Idaho Capital Sun is reporting the results from Idaho 2022 primary elections, based on data reported by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. The results are a combined total of votes reported by precincts, in each county across the state. Some precincts take longer to count ballots and report their vote totals. The election […]

Photo of voters at Middleton Middle School waiting in line to vote in 2022 primary

Idaho 2022 primary election results: Live updates in the races for Idaho Legislature

By: - May 17, 2022

The Idaho Capital Sun is reporting the results from the Idaho 2022 primary elections, based on data from the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. The results are a combined total of votes reported by precincts, in each county across the state. Some precincts take longer to count ballots and report their vote totals. The election […]

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Hispanics are a growing driver of Idaho’s economy, with millions in buying power

By: - May 16, 2022

Restaurateurs. Importers of artisan goods from Mexico. A horticulturist. A photographer. A family with untapped savings. Nearly all of Idaho’s racial and ethnic groups saw their buying power expand faster than the U.S. average over 10 years, according to a new Idaho Department of Labor report. But with a growing number of Hispanic Idahoans in […]

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Judge rules that Bonneville County GOP cannot endorse Republicans in Idaho’s primary

By: - May 13, 2022

Who’s in charge of Idaho Republican politics? That was the ultimate question Friday, as an Ada County judge considered an Idaho Republican Party lawsuit against the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee — which, the state party said, had “gone rogue.” In the virtual hearing Friday afternoon, Fourth District Court Judge Jason Scott heard arguments from […]

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Idaho state GOP sues county GOP, claiming its ‘illegal conduct’ will harm Republicans

By: - May 12, 2022

The Idaho Republican Party and its chairman, Tom Luna, have filed suit against one of its county central committees, alleging the committee’s “illegal conduct” in favoring one candidate over another will cause irreparable harm. The state party and Luna have asked the Fourth District Court in Ada County to temporarily stop the Bonneville County Republican […]

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St. Luke’s hospital system sues Bundy, Rodriguez, People’s Rights and others

By: - May 11, 2022

Idaho’s largest hospital system on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriquez, the People’s Rights Network and others in response to “the targeted and damaging activities” surrounding a child protection case this year, according to a news release. St. Luke’s Health System said in the release that it chose to sue over “a […]

Photo of Dr. Ryan Cole in Washington, D.C., speaking at a "Defeat the Mandates" rally on Jan. 23, 2022.

Taking COVID-19 funds, Cole was ‘reckless’ with lab operations, records and former staff say

By: - May 6, 2022

Dr. Ryan Cole made his ascent in the past two years from pathologist at a small laboratory in Garden City, to board member for a Treasure Valley public health department, to national figure in a movement that eroded trust in medical institutions and public health advice. According to interviews and records gathered by the Idaho […]

Photo of Dr. Ryan Cole in Washington, D.C., speaking at a "Defeat the Mandates" rally on Jan. 23, 2022.

Idaho doctor who falsely links COVID-19 vaccine to cancer has misdiagnosed two patients

By: - May 6, 2022

One woman thought she had cancer. Another woman thought she was developing it. There was no cancer. They were misdiagnosed by Dr. Ryan Cole, according to reporting by the Sun. Cole diagnosed the patients in the past year — while claiming to see a spike in cancers at his laboratory and attributing that spike to […]

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Retired Idaho law enforcement officers start PAC targeting ‘fringe candidates’ in GOP primary

By: - May 4, 2022

A new group led by retired Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney says it plans to thwart “fringe candidates” in 2022 elections. The Defend & Protect Idaho PAC held a press briefing Tuesday with Raney; Paul Wilde, retired sheriff of Bonneville County; and Ron Winegar, retired deputy chief of the Boise Police Department. “… We have […]