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Judge blocks requirement for 'gay sex' offender registration

May. 12, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has no valid reason to require a man to register as a sex offender based on his conviction for having gay sex in Idaho in 1993, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Tuesday prevented the state from...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

May. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Transport bill a big step down the road May 12 Coeur d'Alene Press The 2021 session of the Idaho Legislature might go down as one of the least productive in the...

Idaho governor signs property tax relief legislation

May. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a property tax relief bill Wednesday that opponents describe as deeply flawed but supporters say is better than nothing. The Republican governor expressed his own doubts in approving the legislation that was rushed...

Idaho lifts limit on gatherings, cites ample hospital space

May. 11, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is moving into a new stage of Gov. Brad Little's coronavirus reopening plans and lifting restrictions on the size of gatherings. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen made the announcement Tuesday, noting that the...

Idaho death row inmate Pizzuto asks state for clemency

May. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho death row inmate with terminal cancer and heart disease is asking the state to let him die naturally rather than kill him by lethal injection next month. Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. is scheduled for execution on June 2 for the 1985 beating...

Idaho to drop federal pandemic unemployment supplement

May. 11, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday announced he's ending Idaho’s participation in all federal coronavirus pandemic unemployment compensation programs so that employers can get workers back on the job. The Republican governor said that three programs will...

Idaho governor signs bill to halt Biden moves on gun laws

May. 11, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation aimed at thwarting a half-dozen executive actions by President Joe Biden to combat gun violence. The new law came less than a week after a shooting at an eastern Idaho middle school injured two students...

Idaho governor signs bills trimming emergency powers

May. 11, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed four watered-down versions of previous bills that he vetoed on limiting a governor’s powers during declared emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor signed all four bills Monday and...

Idaho eyes sewer, water, broadband with federal rescue money

May. 10, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will receive $1.1 billion in the latest round of coronavirus relief money in two separate payments, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday, with state officials saying the money could be used to substantially bolster the state’s water, sewer and broadband...

Drought drastically cuts irrigation season for Idaho farmers

May. 10, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ongoing drought in Idaho will drastically shorten this year's irrigation season for some farmers, officials said. Farmers in south-central Idaho's Wood River basin will face some of the biggest shortages, with an estimated 40 to 45 days before water...