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Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

Sep. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho should adopt a health policy that would make vaccine status a private medical record that employees could refuse to make available to employers as a way to thwart President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, an attorney told lawmakers Wednesday. ...

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

Sep. 21, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak. The city of 9.5 million people reported three infection cases Wednesday, a day after discovering a...

Idaho's COVID outlook is dire as cases continue to climb

Sep. 21, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho's coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new...

State officials kill attempt to revive McCall land swap

Sep. 21, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday rejected an investment firm’s request to reconsider its massive land swap proposal involving state land in and around McCall for timberland in northern Idaho. Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other members of the...

Lawmakers to discuss vaccine mandate with eye on reconvening

Sep. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on a committee that considers state sovereignty issues have bumped up their planned meeting next week to Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate. The meeting announced Monday is a potential avenue to reconvening the Legislature. ...

Idaho Republican officials plan lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican officials are warning President Joe Biden of legal action if his proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for about 100 million Americans goes into effect. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, House Speaker Scott Bedke...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...

Refugee organization: Idaho to welcome 400 Afghan nationals

Sep. 15, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Roughly 400 Afghan refugees will resettle in Idaho over the next fiscal year, officials with the International Rescue Committee in Boise said on Tuesday. About 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted to the United States under a program called...

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Sep. 15, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds...

COVID surge pushes much of Idaho toward medical rationing

Sep. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public health officials say crisis standards of care are imminent for the state's most populated region as hospitals continue to be overrun with unvaccinated coronavirus patients. The southwestern and southern Idaho regions that include...