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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.

Flu, colds and COVID arriving in Idaho for a holiday reunion. Here’s what you can do.

By: - November 16, 2022

It’s official: Flu season is here, and influenza cases are on the rise in Idaho. The flu virus joins a variety of upper respiratory viruses that have already been straining Idaho’s health care infrastructure — just as the Gem State is heading into the holiday season. Respiratory syncytial virus (more commonly known as RSV), the […]

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Idaho reports first flu death of the season, in older adult from North Idaho

By: - November 10, 2022

Idaho reported the first influenza-related death of this year’s flu season on Thursday, in a Nez Perce County man older than 65. In recent years, Idaho has reported an average of 45 deaths related to the flu. Most of those deaths are in older adults. “The Department of Health and Welfare is reminding residents that […]

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Idaho COVID fraud task force has a message for white-collar criminals: ‘You can’t hide it’

By: - November 10, 2022

Josh Hurwit was a federal prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho for 10 years before he was chosen in April to lead the office, as Idaho’s top federal attorney. The office has seen many health care fraud cases in that time, he said. As with all white-collar crime, […]

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2022 general election results in the races for Idaho Legislature

By: - November 8, 2022

Election results updated: Nov. 14, with 100% of counties reporting. The Idaho Capital Sun is reporting the results from the Idaho 2022 general election, 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 […]

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Idaho 2022 election results: Governor, attorney general, Congress and more

By: - November 8, 2022

Election results updated: Nov. 14, with 100% of counties reporting The Idaho Capital Sun is reporting results from the Idaho 2022 election, 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 […]

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More than $22 million spent on Idaho’s 2022 elections. Here’s where it went.

By: - November 8, 2022

Political candidates and political action committees have spent more than $22.5 million this year on the 2022 election cycle. Much of that money went — directly or indirectly — toward advertising, a main ingredient in American political campaigns that can bolster a candidate’s name recognition or image. The rest went toward campaign operations, brochures and […]

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Idaho’s U.S. Attorney directs lawyers around state to oversee handling of election complaints

By: - November 4, 2022

Idaho’s top federal attorney asks the public to help protect democracy on Election Day by reporting concerns and complaints about voting rights, interference, election fraud or other potential crimes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office Friday. U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit said assistant U.S. attorneys around Idaho will join in a long […]

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Idaho hospitals taking on more babies, toddlers with RSV

By: - November 4, 2022

It only took a week for Idaho hospital officials to stop wondering when RSV would make its way here. Respiratory syncytial virus is very common, infecting most people by the time they reach kindergarten. For most children and adults, RSV causes mild illness. But it can become severe in babies and toddlers, whose smaller airways […]

A collage of photos of 21 candidates in competitive races in the 2022 Idaho general election

About the people on your ballot: Idaho candidates, debate coverage

By: - November 1, 2022

The 2022 election year brought its share of surprises, from changes in candidacy to candidates turning down debate invitations. The Idaho Capital Sun has interviewed candidates who are on the ballot in every statewide race. Here, you can find all our profiles and coverage of debates between the people who want to represent you in […]

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Idaho’s take from opioid settlements is now over $26 million

By: - October 24, 2022

Idaho has received more than $26 million in opioid settlement funds, according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The state last week received its final payment for this year. Wasden anticipates Idaho will receive a total of $128 million by the year 2040 as the state’s share of proceeds from three legal settlements and one […]

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Federal prosecutor announces task force to target COVID-19 fraud in Idaho

By: - October 21, 2022

Idaho’s top federal prosecutor has created a task force to combat fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit this week announced in a news release the creation of the District of Idaho’s COVID-19 Fraud Task Force, made up of “a broad group of law enforcement agencies, with prosecutors who will work jointly […]

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It’s time to pick your health insurance plan for 2023, Idaho

By: - October 18, 2022

Idaho’s health insurance marketplace is bucking the inflation trend this year. The Your Health Idaho exchange launched its 2023 enrollment period this month, with the average insurance premium rate coming in 4% below this year’s rates. The Idaho Department of Insurance published rates on Monday that showed as much as 10% reductions. Most of Idaho’s […]