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State Board of Education makes tuition freeze official

BY: - May 18, 2021

Originally posted on on May 17, 2021 Calling the move a linchpin in college access and affordability, the State Board of Education Monday approved a second consecutive year of tuition freezes at Idaho’s four-year schools. The 2021-22 freeze covers in-state, undergraduate students. Next year’s tuition and fees break down as follows: University of Idaho, […]

Crack in the asphalt on State Street in Boise

Idaho overpaid road builders millions for shoddy work. State says it won’t happen anymore.

BY: - May 18, 2021

Idaho has overpaid road builders for substandard work. For how long is unclear, but one estimate based on the Idaho Transportation Department’s asphalt paving budget suggests it may have overpaid $4.3 million in a single year. The apparently deficient material remains on Idaho roads. The state has not issued penalties, required contractors to repave the […]

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Idaho legislator who identified Jane Doe should be held accountable by military peers

BY: - May 18, 2021

When I was 21, I became a Jane Doe. As an Army recruit, I was subjected to harassment and sexual assault by men who were my superiors. My personal experiences with trauma rose to the surface again during the recent Idaho House Ethics Committee hearing about another Jane Doe, this one a 19-year-old legislative intern […]

Governor appoints Lori McCann to former North Idaho legislator’s seat

BY: - May 17, 2021

Lori McCann, a former Lewis-Clark State College professor and business owner, has been appointed to fill the legislative seat previously held by Aaron von Ehlinger, according to a press release from Gov. Brad Little’s office. Von Ehlinger resigned at the end of April following an ethics hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives over his […]

Angel Cushing, a north-central Kansas resident who opposes the proposed National Heritage Area designation in Kansas and Nebraska, speaks at a May 13 meeting in Marshall County, Kansas, as Norman Kincaide, a Colorado activist who opposes National Heritage Areas, looks on. (Screen capture from Facebook live video)

How a plan to boost Kansas-Nebraska tourism got wrapped up in fears of a 30×30 ‘land-grab’

BY: - May 17, 2021

It started as a research project. University of Nebraska landscape architecture professor Kim Wilson asked her students in 2016 to brainstorm a way to increase tourism in Red Cloud, Neb., the childhood home of renowned writer Willa Cather, just north of the Kansas border. The class found that more than 255 historic sites dot the […]

Analysis: A stalemate session, with few clear victors

BY: - May 14, 2021

Originally posted on on May 13, 2021 Wednesday, Day 122, beautifully summed up a legislative session of discord, distrust and dysfunction. Still bitter from 2020, and smarting from Gov. Brad Little’s executive pandemic actions, House Republicans insisted on recessing until some later date — so they could unilaterally return to town without waiting on […]

Disagreement over adjourning legislative session leaves Idaho in uncertain territory 

BY: - May 13, 2021

Idaho is in an unprecedented, uncertain situation with the state’s two legislative chambers at odds over adjournment procedures, according to analysis issued Thursday by the Office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Late Wednesday night, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the longest session in Idaho history for the year. However, the Idaho House of […]

The Idaho State Capitol on March 21, 2021.

Best or worst legislative session in Idaho history? That depends on whom you ask.

BY: - May 13, 2021

Depending on whom you ask, the 2021 legislative session was either a productive success on multiple fronts, or one of the worst sessions of all time. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said House Republicans achieved the four goals they set before the session:  Passing income and property tax cuts. Increasing funding for K-12 education. Passing […]

East Idaho News reporter Nate Eaton speaks with Chad and Lori Daybell

Idaho Press Club calls on court to reject reporter’s subpoena in Daybell case

BY: - May 13, 2021

Editor’s note: The employees of the Idaho Capital Sun are members of the Idaho Press Club.  The Idaho Press Club is calling on the judge overseeing the case of Chad and Lori Daybell to reject a subpoena from their defense attorneys ordering an east Idaho reporter covering the case to testify as a witness, according […]

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CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated […]

Idaho Senate adjourns for the year as the House calls another recess

BY: - May 13, 2021

A political staring contest lasted late into the night Wednesday as legislators disagreed over how to wrap up the longest legislative session in Idaho history. Ultimately, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the 2021 legislative session for the year at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.  Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the Idaho House of Representatives voted down […]

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CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]