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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.

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho Freedom Foundation official fined for breaking lobbyist registration law

By: - July 1, 2021

Dustin Hurst, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, has been fined $250 for lobbying on Idaho’s higher education budget without first registering as a lobbyist. The Idaho Freedom Foundation is a Boise-based nonprofit organization that advocates for limited government. It created an organization in recent years called Idaho Freedom Action, with the same staff […]

Wildfire

President Biden didn’t invite Idaho’s governor to wildfire meeting

By: - June 30, 2021

Idaho has among the worst wildfires in the nation. It is home to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildland firefighting for the U.S. And experts predict this year’s droughts and record-high temperatures may bring more fires. But as President Joe Biden hosts a meeting of Western governors today to talk about this year’s […]

Ada commissioners won’t keep Dr. Epperly, who favored COVID measures, on health board

By: - June 25, 2021

Ada County Commissioners have decided not to renew the appointment of Dr. Ted Epperly to the Central District Health board. “After 15 years of service to Central District Health, I was sent an e-mail saying … ‘Thank You For Your Service.’ An incredible example of politics becoming more important than public health knowledge and expertise,” […]

‘A gamechanger in the darkest months,’ Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 mission ends

By: - June 24, 2021

After more than a year of service, from helping food banks to helping vaccinate Idahoans, the governor is winding down the Idaho National Guard’s pandemic mission. Noting that COVID-19 is now under better control in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little on Thursday announced the draw-down of the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 response teams this month. Their […]

5 reasons some Idahoans didn’t get the COVID vaccine — and what might persuade them

By: - June 24, 2021

A new report on vaccine hesitancy in Idaho sheds light on what’s behind the state’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate. More than 710,000 people in Idaho have now chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s about 47% of the people eligible at this point. But public health experts believe it will take a lot more people […]

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Idaho hits a COVID vaccine milestone: More than 50% of adults got their shots

By: - June 22, 2021

Idaho has reached a milestone in protecting its residents and economy from the coronavirus. More than half of Idaho’s adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported that 50.2% of Idaho adults had chosen to be vaccinated. “We likely will not meet the national […]

Halima Hamud was born in a refugee camp in Kenya.

‘Thankful to God, I’m safe.’ Three refugees became Idahoans. Here are their stories

By: - June 20, 2021

Idaho has welcomed thousands of refugees, from dozens of countries, for decades. That tradition slowed in recent years, as the Trump administration placed record-low caps on refugee admissions and temporarily banned travel from Muslim countries, and last year as the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel. President Joe Biden has lifted the cap, but warned that it […]

Alex Mutabazi

Settled into new homes, refugees in U.S. say they are working for a better life for all

By: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho Gov. offers paid time off for COVID vaccine, calls on businesses to follow suit

By: - June 17, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is taking the lead on offering paid time off to employees who get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This morning, I informed Idaho state employees we’re offering them a new benefit – four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine!” Little said […]

What’s the COVID-19 vaccination rate at Idaho’s care facilities? We don’t know.

By: - June 17, 2021

A bare minimum of 10,000 residents and 7,000 staff at Idaho long term care facilities have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, based on data provided to the Idaho Capital Sun by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. That’s nearly twice the number of COVID-19 cases that facilities have reported during the pandemic, according […]

The SARS-CoV-2 molecule has a "spike protein" that it uses to hook into and invade certain cells in the body.

Want a free, at-home COVID-19 test? In Idaho, just dial 2-1-1.

By: - June 15, 2021

Idahoans who may have COVID-19 can now easily request a saliva test kit to use in their home, with results in one to three days. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday that it now offers free at-home COVID-19 tests to Idaho residents. Dial 2-1-1 to request them. The orders require no personal […]

Labor Secretary says Biden’s child care plan will help Idaho economy

By: - June 15, 2021

Idaho is at a turning point. The pandemic brought to a head the state’s child care crisis. U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told the Idaho Capital Sun last week that President Joe Biden has a plan to help — spending $225 billion to restabilize child care in the U.S., as part of a […]