St. Vincent de Paul mobile food pantry

St. Vincent de Paul invites Treasure Valley residents to tour new administrative office

BY: - April 29, 2021

In celebration of Idaho Gives, St. Vincent de Paul invites Treasure Valley residents to tour the charity’s new administrative office and learn more about its work in southwest Idaho. At the open houses, residents can meet St. Vincent de Paul’s team, which works to prevent homelessness and connect people who are homeless with programming and […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Gov. Little to consider three women for Idaho Supreme Court opening

BY: - April 28, 2021

Three women will be considered for appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court by Gov. Brad Little, according to a press release from the State of Idaho’s Judicial Branch. The applicants selected by the Idaho Judicial Council, which by Idaho law is the body that reviews applicants when there is a vacancy on the court, include: […]

Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Legislative staffer testifies at ethics committee investigating Idaho lawmaker accused of rape

BY: - April 28, 2021

She told them she was terrified to testify. From behind three black curtains erected to attempt to protect her identity, she described what led up to the alleged sexual assault that put Wednesday’s Ethics and House Policy Committee hearing at the Capitol into motion. And when she was allowed to be dismissed from Lincoln Auditorium […]

Oil and gas leasing in Utah

Republicans question legality, revenue impacts of Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause

BY: - April 28, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee excoriated the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leasing at a hearing Tuesday, illustrating the political pressure the administration faces as it reviews federal energy development policy. Under intense questioning from Republicans about the revenue impacts, legality and duration of the leasing pause, […]

The Idaho State Capitol reflected in the Joe R. Williams building on March 21, 2021.

Idaho House rejects $40M in federal funds for COVID-19 testing in schools

BY: - April 27, 2021

The roller coaster ride that is setting the 2022 state budget continued Tuesday as legislators rewrote two major education budget bills and then the Idaho House rejected $40 million in separate, federal funding for COVID-19 testing in schools.  Meanwhile, the Idaho Senate took its third recess of the session and does not plan to meet […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces a ban on state involvement in vaccine passports

Idaho governor signs anti-abortion bill into law

BY: - April 27, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law on Tuesday a piece of legislation commonly known as the “fetal heartbeat” bill. The law bans abortions after the detection of a baby’s heartbeat, which is typically five to six weeks after conception.  House Bill 366 includes exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, but the […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Legislative staffer who alleges assault by Idaho representative will be subpoenaed to testify publicly

BY: and - April 27, 2021

The 19-year-old legislative staffer who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will be compelled to testify publicly before the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday, according to representatives who have been assisting the teen. Members of the organization spoke during a press conference Tuesday morning about the 19-year-old and the overall issues […]

Visitors walk past face mask signs along Decatur Street in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says

BY: - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities.   Those who are at least two weeks past receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can safely be unmasked […]

President Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office.

Biden to order $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contract workers

BY: - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Tuesday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 an hour, according to senior administration officials. The order will go into effect Jan. 30 of next year, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration. Once in place through new […]

With some budgets still undecided this session, legislators gear up for next big fight

BY: - April 26, 2021

Even though the Idaho Legislature is still at odds over issues blocking adjournment of the 2021 legislative session, a committee hearing on Monday offered a glimpse into one of the next big political debates. The House Education Committee met Monday to discuss drafting a letter to Gov. Brad Little, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri […]

Bill aimed at social justice topics in schools headed to governor’s desk

BY: - April 26, 2021

The Idaho Senate passed a bill aimed at addressing social justice topics in public schools, potentially clearing the way for a $1.1 billion public school budget to pass the House of Representatives after it was voted down in early April. Senators voted 27-8 to pass House Bill 377, with one Republican voting against it. It […]

U.S. map shows 17.3% increase in Idaho population

Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana among states gaining U.S. House seats

BY: - April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade. For six states, the […]