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Idaho unemployment rate drops to 3% as pandemic fades

Jun. 18, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 3% from April to May as the coronavirus pandemic fades, state officials said Friday. The Idaho Department of Labor said that the total number of people unemployed has dropped nearly 63%...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Cheers & Jeers: Irony is dead June 18 The Lewiston Tribune JEERS ... to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Now that Joe Biden is president, Risch...

Idaho recognizes Juneteenth, holiday marking end of slavery

Jun. 17, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued Thursday. The Republican governor said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new...

Northwestern Band of Shoshone sues Idaho over hunting rights

Jun. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger. The lawsuit,...

Idaho officials brace for tough wildfire season amid drought

Jun. 16, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season. A meteorologist on Tuesday told Republican Gov. Brad Little and other statewide elected officials on the Idaho Land Board that the state had its second driest spring in the...

Idaho officials pay $2.6M for wrongful convictions of 2 men

Jun. 16, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Tuesday approved payments of $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, to two men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Republican Gov. Brad Little and two other statewide-elected members of the Idaho...

Idaho district begins summer school to address education gap

Jun. 10, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — School district officials in Idaho have started offering a full summer school program to catch up all students who may have fell behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic. The Cassia County School District was prompted to move to a full...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Just what exactly makes Bundy so unsuitable? June 9 The Lewiston Tribune The Idaho Republican Party has standards. Who knew? ...

Idaho on pace for record $800 million budget surplus

Jun. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho could finish the fiscal year at the end of June with a record budget surplus of $800 million, Gov. Brad Little announced Wednesday. The Republican governor said he will advocate for additional tax cuts along with investments in key areas, with...

Far-right Idaho Republicans battle to control party, state

Jun. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The dream world for Idaho’s ascendant far right is one where state lawmakers run a sovereign nation-state free of federal oversight. It would be a place where they can outlaw all abortions, dictate what is taught in schools, have complete say over public health rules...