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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.

Gov. Brad Little

Citing ‘government overreach,’ Idaho Gov. Brad Little vetoes bill to pause COVID-19 vaccine requirements

By: - March 28, 2022

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday vetoed a bill that would block COVID-19 vaccine requirements until at least 2023. In his letter explaining the veto, Little said his decision was based on the same limited-government philosophy that prompted him to sue the Biden administration over its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for certain workers. “I am vetoing […]

Construction crew installing solar panels on a house

That deal on solar panels could be a scam, warns Idaho Attorney General

By: - March 28, 2022

As winter’s gray skies give way to sunshine, some Idaho homeowners will harness those rays — looking for a way to cut utility bills and reduce their use of non-renewable energy. But consumers should be wary of claims that seem too good to be true, says Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “There are some very […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin

McGeachin casts tie-breaking vote to pass medical school tuition payback bill

By: and - March 23, 2022

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin cast a tie-breaking vote on Wednesday morning in the Idaho Senate to pass a bill that will require graduates of Idaho’s medical school to practice in the state for at least four years or pay back any tuition subsidized by public dollars. Under Senate rules, Idaho’s lieutenant governor acts as president […]

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The leader of Idaho’s largest chain of urgent-care clinics is retiring

By: - March 17, 2022

Dr. David Peterman, a pediatrician and the CEO of Primary Health Medical Group, will retire May 13, according to a news release from the physician-owned practice. Peterman has led Primary Health since 2004. It now has 23 clinics around the Treasure Valley, with more than 120 health care providers in urgent care, primary care and […]

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Idaho COVID-19 surge drove patient transfers, strained out-of-state hospitals, new data shows

By: and - March 16, 2022

Last fall, Idaho was one of a handful of states that went into emergency “crisis standards of care” to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government-backed designation allowed hard-hit states to limit the number of patients in its overwhelmed hospitals and, in some extreme cases, ration care based on how sick people were. Idaho […]

Protestors gather at St. Luke's in Boise

Boise hospital lifts lockdown after Bundy tells followers of ’emergency’

By: - March 15, 2022

St. Luke’s hospital in downtown Boise was on lockdown from about 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, due to what St. Luke’s Health System called a “security incident.” In messages to staff, the hospital’s security team advised employees not to enter or exit the hospital due to an “external threat.” Due to a security […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Want to help improve Idaho’s justice system? A new committee is seeking applications

By: - March 14, 2022

The Idaho Supreme Court is looking for candidates to join a new committee that will help shape the future of Idaho’s judiciary. The state’s highest court this month announced it will create a Special Committee on Judicial Recruitment and Selection. The committee will evaluate ways to improve Idaho’s recruitment of judges, as well as concerns […]

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Controversial pathologist takes first step toward running for Idaho governor

By: - March 11, 2022

Dr. Ryan Cole has taken the first step toward running for governor in Idaho. Cole filed paperwork Friday to appoint a treasurer for a campaign for governor. He appointed himself as treasurer, but hasn’t yet filed official candidacy paperwork to run for governor, according to the most recent update from the Idaho Secretary of State. […]

Brad Little gives State of the State address

Idaho Gov. Brad Little will end public health emergency on April 15

By: - March 8, 2022

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday that he will end his declaration of a public health emergency on April 15, more than two years after it began. The emergency allowed Idaho to receive federal assistance, including Federal Emergency Management Agency payments to bring hundreds of health care workers to Idaho hospitals. “We’re hopeful the recent […]

‘So mind boggling’: Idaho medical high school students reflect on the pandemic

By: - March 7, 2022

They were excited for an “extra spring break” in March 2020, when high school went virtual as COVID-19 arrived in Idaho. They were freshmen then, at the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School, just starting their journey to a career in health care. Now, they’re juniors. Three-fourths of their journey so far has taken place […]

JFAC meets at the Idaho Statehouse

Idaho’s child welfare system may get boost: more jobs, higher pay

By: - March 4, 2022

The Idaho Legislature’s budget committee on Friday voted unanimously in favor of $96.6 million in appropriations for Idaho’s child welfare system, as the state grapples with foster care and case worker shortages. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee sent the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s child welfare budget request on to the House of Representatives and […]

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OSHA fines Saint Alphonsus for COVID-19 worker safety violations

By: - March 3, 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for two violations of worker health and safety rules related to COVID-19. The violations stem from a complaint made on Sept. 16. That was the day Idaho first entered into crisis standards of care, as hospitals statewide struggled under a crush of […]