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Conservation groups sue federal government for logging proposal near Yellowstone National Park

BY: - September 21, 2023

Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a U.S. Forest Service plan for a large logging project near Yellowstone National Park that they say puts several threatened or endangered species in even more danger. The groups had previously filed a letter of intent to sue, and on Wednesday filed the lawsuit. The […]

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Former U.S. Capitol Police chief blames intelligence failures, not Trump, for Jan. 6 attack

BY: - September 20, 2023

The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security failed to share intelligence with the U.S. Capitol Police ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, leaving the Capitol Police under-prepared for that day’s violence, the former chief of the Capitol Police told a U.S. House panel chaired by Georgia Republican Barry Loudermilk on Tuesday. But Democrats […]

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Judge may rule soon on whether Idaho’s ‘abortion trafficking’ law can be enforced

BY: - September 14, 2023

U.S. Magistrate Judge Debora K. Grasham is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to grant a request to temporarily bar Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador from enforcing the state’s so-called “abortion trafficking” law as a lawsuit over its constitutionality proceeds in federal court. Grasham heard the case in district court in Boise on […]

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Judge hears arguments over preliminary injunction in Idaho transgender bathroom law

BY: - September 13, 2023

Federal Judge David Nye on Wednesday heard arguments for and against a preliminary injunction for Senate Bill 1100, an Idaho law meant to prevent transgender students from using school facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The hearing was held at the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Boise.  The hearing […]

Women with serious pregnancy complications sue over state abortion bans

BY: - September 12, 2023

Women and physicians in Idaho and Tennessee have sued their home states after they say they were denied abortion care despite being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening medical conditions while pregnant.The lawsuits are led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., which also helped a patient in Oklahoma file a […]

Ammon Bundy, others blocked from moving assets

BY: - September 12, 2023

An Idaho judge has blocked Ammon Bundy and others from moving financial assets for longer in a new lawsuit in Gem County. The lawsuit, brought by St. Luke’s Health System, alleges that Bundy has made fraudulent property transfers to evade collection of millions of dollars in damages awarded to the health system in its initial […]

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Sexual assault survivors can now track their rape kits in most states

BY: - September 11, 2023

It can take hours for a sexual assault victim to undergo the multiple swabs, hair samples, blood and urine collections, and other invasive procedures of a sexual assault examination. And then it can take months, sometimes years, for investigators to process that evidence kit. But now, responding to demands from survivors and their advocates, more […]

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U.S. Justice Department asks Supreme Court to take up abortion pill case

BY: - September 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the abortion pill should remain on the market after two lower courts issued differing opinions about its use. The case, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will likely be the second time the conservative-leaning […]

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State ordered to pay more than $319,000 to wrongfully incarcerated Idaho man

BY: - September 8, 2023

This story was first published on Idaho Reports on Sept. 8, 2023. The state of Idaho must pay more than $319,000 to an innocent man who was wrongfully incarcerated for five years and nine months. The funding is made possible through the Wrongful Conviction Act, which the Legislature passed in 2021. Compensation only goes to […]

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Death rates for people under 40 have skyrocketed. Blame fentanyl.

BY: - September 6, 2023

A new Stateline analysis shows that U.S. residents under 40 were relatively unscathed by COVID-19 in the pandemic but fell victim to another killer: accidental drug overdose deaths. Death rates in the age group were up by nearly a third in 2021 over 2018, and last year were still 21% higher. COVID-19 was a small […]

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Trump pleads not guilty, waives arraignment in Georgia 2020 election interference case

BY: - August 31, 2023

Former U.S. President Donald Trump entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court on 13 felony counts that charge him with racketeering for attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. In the court filing on Thursday, Trump also voluntarily waived his right to an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday […]

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Special prosecutor chosen in Idaho Attorney General’s child care grant investigation

BY: - August 30, 2023

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office chose a special prosecutor in an investigation into child care grant funds. Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Boyd was appointed Tuesday as special deputy attorney general on the cases, he told the Idaho Capital Sun in an email.  Ada County Judge Lynn Norton earlier this month barred Attorney General Raúl […]