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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.

A medical patient gets a vaccination in the deltoid muscle of her arm

Doctors urge Idahoans to get flu shots ‘now’ as influenza surges

By: - December 21, 2022

Health care providers at one of Idaho’s largest chains of urgent-care clinics were alarmed in the past week, as the share of patients whose flu tests came back positive reached 44%. Primary Health Medical Group announced the spike in influenza at its clinics Wednesday morning. The group urged Idahoans to get vaccinated for the flu, […]

Dr. Ryan Cole on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Idaho medical board closed a complaint against Dr. Cole — before it even saw patient records

By: - December 21, 2022

The Idaho Board of Medicine did not review patient records before closing a complaint that alleged Dr. Ryan Cole was providing substandard medical care to COVID-19 patients in other states, according to public records and statements by Cole and his attorney. Because of state laws that protect doctors, the Idaho Board of Medicine’s decision would […]

St. Luke's Children's Hospital and the entrance to St. Luke's emergency department

Idaho ‘starting to have those discussions’ about crisis standards for children

By: - December 15, 2022

Influenza arrived in the household of Dr. Kenny Bramwell this month. The flu symptoms were still lingering in his family on Wednesday morning, when he talked with the Idaho Capital Sun in a video call about what this year’s unusual virus season has done to Idaho’s health care system. Flu season seems to have returned […]

Looking for Idaho mental health care, for you or a loved one? Now there’s a directory.

By: - December 15, 2022

Crush the Curve Idaho was born in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly three years, the small nonprofit has operated coronavirus testing and vaccine clinics for the public, schools, employers and long term care facilities. Now that COVID-19 tests and vaccines are widely available, the organization has turned its attention to another […]

Mike Simpson

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson won’t return to House until January

By: - December 12, 2022

Idaho’s senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives will be gone from the halls of Congress until January, according to a staff member. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, notified the clerk of the House in a letter Nov. 29 that he would be absent for votes and congressional proceedings. He tapped fellow Idaho Republican […]

Vivek Sankaran seated before a Senate subcommittee, wearing a dark suit, orange tie and glasses. He is gesturing with his left hand.

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

By: and - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition […]

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 […]

Empty Hospital Bed in a Ward

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 […]

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

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, […]

Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

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 […]

Idaho Election Day 2022

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 […]

cash pile with hat saying 'vote'

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 […]