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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. 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 doesn’t need a ‘library bounty,’ says Gov. Little, vetoing bill to restrict library materials

By: and - April 5, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little vetoed a bill Wednesday afternoon that would have prohibited libraries and schools from promoting or giving out materials that are “harmful to minors.” House Bill 314a would have allowed a parent or legal guardian to sue a school or library for $2,500 in statutory damages if their child were to access […]

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New law makes it a crime in Idaho to provide gender-affirming care to transgender youth

By: - April 4, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a bill into law Tuesday that makes it a felony to provide certain types of medical care to children and teens. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024. House Bill 71 criminalizes gender-affirming health care for youth who have gender dysphoria. The bill specifically bans puberty blockers and hormones […]

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Idaho AG at odds with Health and Welfare again. This time it’s over child protection.

By: - April 3, 2023

Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador says he wants to review a child protection case that involved the grandson of one of his supporters. The case was closed last year, but the child’s parents have taken first steps toward suing the state — and Labrador would be responsible for Idaho’s legal defense against such a lawsuit. […]

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Idaho doctors publish ‘Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak’ with lessons learned from COVID-19

By: - April 3, 2023

Two doctors who were part of Idaho’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic have published a book that examines “the failures of the U.S. response to COVID-19” and gives recommendations on how to avoid those failures in the next pandemic. “Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak: A Guide to Planning from the Schoolhouse to the White […]

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Another Idaho hospital announces it can no longer deliver babies

By: - March 30, 2023

A critical access hospital that serves a rural community northwest of Boise will no longer deliver babies after June 1. Valor Health’s decision to stop offering labor and delivery care in Emmett comes on the heels of a North Idaho hospital shuttering its maternity services. It also comes as the Idaho Legislature is on track […]

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Idaho lawmakers vote to limit who can access fentanyl overdose treatment through grant

By: - March 28, 2023

A bill heading to Idaho Gov. Brad Little is necessary to keep Idaho’s psychiatric hospitals and behavioral health centers in operation, authorizing nearly $150 million in spending for Idaho’s behavioral health division. But one sentence written into the legislation could have far-reaching consequences. House Bill 350 passed the House earlier this month on a 40-29 […]

Bill criminalizing gender care for trans youth clears hurdle in Idaho Legislature

By: - March 17, 2023

A few Idaho state senators from both major political parties said in a Friday committee hearing that they can’t support an existing bill to criminalize all gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth — but the committee’s Republicans were open to supporting an amended version. The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee sent House Bill 71 to […]

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Boise junior high social worker’s ‘inappropriate’ conduct with student was kept secret. How?

By: - March 17, 2023

A social worker at a Boise junior high school was accused last year of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student in their early teens. The social worker died by suicide after police began investigating a tip about the relationship. In the wake of his suicide, city prosecutors have charged the school’s former principal […]

Child care providers, educators sue Idaho AG over his investigative demands

By: - March 15, 2023

A group of education and child care providers from around the state, including some public school districts, have filed a court complaint against the Idaho attorney general’s office, seeking to block or modify the office’s demand for their records. The plaintiffs include 35 Idaho-based providers that applied for and received federal grants through the Idaho […]

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He’s in a prison cell, with no criminal conviction. Idaho put him there for mental health care.

By: - March 13, 2023

Update: The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on March 14 declined to take up Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s request to fund a secure mental health facility for patients who are currently housed at the prison. In the sagebrush steppe south of Boise is a prison compound. In that compound is a maximum security prison for […]

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Idaho parents, child care providers ask Legislature to reverse budget cuts as closures begin

By: - March 8, 2023

Lakewood Montessori in Boise took a string of financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic — from closures in early 2020 to ongoing inflation and worker shortages. And, like other Idaho child care centers, Lakewood used federal grants from the American Rescue Plan Act to add $300 a month to the paychecks of its employees. Lakewood […]

Nampa woman distributed pounds of fentanyl each week from Boise short-term rental

By: - March 7, 2023

On a Tuesday in early June last year, law enforcement agents arrived at a short-term rental in Boise with a search warrant. Their surveillance of a man operating a drug network from prison pointed to a Treasure Valley distributor who was renting that home, court records said. Wathana “Noy” Insixiengmay, 34, of Nampa, pleaded guilty […]