Courts + Policing

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Idaho joins lawsuit over illegal robocalls from Arizona business Avid Telecom

BY: - May 26, 2023

Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador has joined nearly all U.S. states in suing a company and its officials over billions of illegal robocalls made to millions of people. An Arizona business known as Avid Telecom reportedly facilitated more than 24.5 billion calls between December 2018 and January 2023, including more than 7.5 billion calls to […]

Deb and Ray Cullen, along with GOP Rep. John Joyce

Fentanyl-related drugs permanently made criminal under bill passed by U.S. House

BY: - May 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation Thursday in an effort to curb staggering overdose deaths from illegal fentanyl substances that are illicitly produced and up to 50 times stronger than heroin. The HALT Fentanyl Act, passed on a 289-133 vote and support from the Biden administration, would permanently categorize lab-made substances […]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Biden wetlands regulation, ruling for Idaho couple

BY: - May 25, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court in a major environmental decision on  Thursday overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of wetlands that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction, siding with an Idaho couple who’d said they should not be required to obtain federal permits to build on their property that lacked any navigable water. All nine justices agreed […]

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte

TikTok files suit against state of Montana’s ban in federal court

BY: - May 24, 2023

In a court filing that chronicles how it stores data and protects minors, TikTok has responded to Montana’s first-of-its-kind ban on the social media app, which was signed into law earlier this month by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. TikTok Inc. is suing the state of Montana to strike the recently passed law, alleging a number […]

Yellowstone National Park bison calf incident

Yellowstone National Park investigating bison calf incident, death

BY: - May 24, 2023

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are asking the public for information about an incident that occurred on the evening of May 20 between an unidentified man and a newborn bison calf in the park’s northeast corner. The man intentionally disturbed the calf, which resulted in the death of the […]

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Missouri man arrested for crashing truck, making threats near White House

BY: - May 23, 2023

Federal police arrested a Missouri man on Monday night after he crashed a vehicle into security barriers in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, of Chesterfield, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm […]

Dr. Christina Francis, an OB-GYN from Fort Wayne, Indiana,

Three-judge panel in U.S. appeals court hears arguments in abortion pill case

BY: and - May 18, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel quizzed lawyers during oral arguments Wednesday over a Texas judge’s decision that could end access to the abortion pill nationwide. Observers see the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as a legal way station for the case, in which anti-abortion groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, […]

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Arguments on landmark abortion pill case to be heard Wednesday in appeals court

BY: - May 16, 2023

WASHINGTON — The lawsuit over access to the abortion pill goes before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Wednesday, the next step on a path that will likely end at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The three-judge panel will decide whether to keep, overturn or alter a ruling from U.S. District Court […]

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St. Luke’s attorneys allege Ammon Bundy is hiding assets from civil suit. Bundy denies it.

BY: and - May 11, 2023

New court documents accuse anti-government activist Ammon Bundy of hiding his assets in a new sequence of shell companies as a civil lawsuit against him continues. In a message via Twitter, Bundy told Boise State Public Radio: “No assets are being hidden by any llc.” In a video recording from April 19, Bundy said he […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little gives his State of the State speech

Idaho governor says Medicaid shouldn’t pay for transgender medical care — for anyone

BY: - May 3, 2023

As a lawsuit by transgender Idahoans against the state’s Medicaid administrators makes its way through federal court, Gov. Brad Little stepped in this week to clarify the state’s official position on the matter. “It has come to my attention that you and the Department of Health and Welfare are currently being sued for having not […]

Members of the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals

‘A bittersweet decision’: Idaho Supreme Court Justice announces retirement plans

BY: - May 2, 2023

Idaho Supreme Court Justice John R. Stegner is retiring from judicial service to work at a private practice as an attorney, according to a press release from the Idaho Judicial Branch.  In a resignation letter to Gov. Brad Little Monday, Stegner said he will retire as a Supreme Court Associate Justice Oct. 31. “This has […]

Woman who has had an abortion

Some could use support after abortion. But quality care can be hard to find.

BY: - May 1, 2023

Alex D. turned 23 on the day the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She was visiting the Omaha Zoo in Nebraska on vacation, riding the chairlift over the rhino exhibit when she saw the news alert on her phone. She was also eight weeks pregnant and needed an abortion. […]