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Staffer who accused representative of rape files tort claim against Idaho Legislature

BY: - September 10, 2021

The former legislative intern who claimed a state representative sexually assaulted her and faced an ethics hearing has taken the first step in civil litigation. On Sept. 3, attorney Erika Birch filed a tort claim with the state on behalf of the 19-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe. Idaho Reports obtained a copy of the […]

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Dispatches from Idaho’s front lines: ‘This patient isn’t leaving the hospital alive’

BY: - September 3, 2021

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series from the Idaho Capital Sun on what the Gem State’s health care workers are experiencing as they battle the latest surge of coronavirus in Idaho. A middle-aged man arrived on a stretcher at an Idaho emergency room last month. He’d tested positive for COVID-19 several […]

‘We will never make everyone happy:’ Idaho redistricting process begins Wednesday

BY: - August 30, 2021

After weeks of anticipation, Idaho’s redistricting process begins Wednesday with three days of meetings at the Statehouse in Boise. Wednesday’s initial meeting sets off a 90-day timer to redraw Idaho’s legislative and congressional districts.  It will be a delicate and dicey proposition.  Commissioners must meet all sorts of complicated criteria, from dividing as few counties […]

Polly Bemis

Bronze statue honoring Chinese American Polly Bemis to be unveiled in Boise

BY: - August 10, 2021

Some of Idaho’s political leaders will join the Idaho Chinese Organization at noon today on the Idaho Capitol Building’s steps to unveil a bronze statue of Polly Bemis, a Chinese American immigrant and pioneer who called Idaho home for decades. Bemis, who was born in northern China in 1853, came to Idaho around 1871. She […]

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‘Permademic,’ ‘radical agendas’: Residents cite politics to support health board candidates

BY: - August 6, 2021

Dozens of health care workers wrote in to support one candidate for Ada County’s public health board. Then, prompted by Idaho political groups, hundreds of Ada County residents — and some from outside the county — wrote in to support a different candidate. The public comments submitted as of Wednesday to Ada County’s three commissioners […]

I-84 at Franklin Road

$300M I-84 expansion project will add lanes, replace bridges in Canyon County

BY: - July 9, 2021

Drivers passing between Nampa and Caldwell should expect lane closures and detours this summer as the Interstate 84 expansion project enters its next phase. The projects total more than $300 million and call for adding a third lane in both directions of I-84 and replacing 20 bridges and structures, Idaho Transportation Department officials said in […]

Analysis: Could the delta variant stop a ‘normal’ school year before it starts?

BY: - July 8, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 8, 2021 School will be different this fall. More like normal. That’s the hope — or the assumption — shared by parents, students, teachers and administrators. Does the latest coronavirus variant challenge this hope and shake this assumption? As the delta variant becomes the predominant form of coronavirus in […]

Gov. Brad Little

Little to send five Idaho State Police troopers to U.S.-Mexico border

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Brad Little is sending five Idaho State Police troopers to the United State-Mexico border, Little announced Thursday. The 21-day mission begins July 6 and will cost the state $53,391, Little said. The team of five troopers will assist Arizona State troopers in intercepting drugs at the border, he said. In a written statement, Little […]

Pandemic leads doctors to rethink unnecessary medical treatment

BY: - May 25, 2021

COVID-19 is opening the door for researchers to address a problem that has vexed the medical community for decades: the overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients. On one hand, the pandemic caused major health setbacks for non-COVID patients who were forced to, or chose to, avoid tests and treatments for various illnesses. On the other […]

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U.S. House OKs commission to probe Capitol attack, but McConnell objections may doom it

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday 252-175 to give the go-ahead to the formation of an independent, bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite objections from Republican leaders that the scope of the commission was not wide enough and other investigations are ongoing. Thirty-five Republicans joined with […]

Three people injured in shooting at East Idaho middle school

BY: - May 6, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on May 6, 2021 RIGBY — Three people were shot at Rigby Middle School on Thursday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson confirmed at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Two of those injured are students and one is an adult custodian at the school, Anderson announced at the Jefferson County School […]

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Preventing homelessness must remain priority for Idaho

BY: - May 6, 2021

As we all know, the Treasure Valley is experiencing a serious housing crisis right now. A focus on prevention will be key to keeping homelessness from happening to our neighbors and the state of Idaho. Even before the pandemic, Idaho was facing a housing crisis in which many longtime residents were being priced out of […]