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Chad Daybell listens during his preliminary hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. A preliminary hearing continues to decide whether there is enough evidence to hold Daybell for trial. He and the children's mother face charges related to the hiding of the remains of 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua

Judge orders trial tied to discovery of missing kids' bodies

Aug. 5, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday there’s enough evidence for a man to go to trial after the bodies of his new wife’s two children were found buried on his Idaho property. The bizarre case involving doomsday beliefs and the deaths of several people linked to the couple has attracted...

Rural counties in Idaho report low census response rates

Aug. 4, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau says rural counties in Idaho are struggling to get citizens counted, with some counties reporting a response rate of less than 50%. Valley County has a population of about 11,000 and a response rate of 30%, while Camas County has a population of about 1,100 and a...

Defense attorney John Prior, right, addresses Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins as to why he and Chad Daybell, left, are not wearing masks in court during a preliminary hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Monday, August 3, 2020. The preliminary hearing will help a judge decide if the charges against Chad Daybell will move forward in state court. Daybell, 52, is charged with concealing evidence by destroying or hiding the bodies of 7-year-old Joshua

Court hearing held in notorious case of children's deaths

Aug. 3, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A detective Monday described in excruciating details how investigators unearthed the remains of two children who had been missing for months while searching the rural Idaho property of a man charged with concealing evidence. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing where a judge...

Federal investigators release report on Idaho plane crash

Aug. 2, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report of the facts of a fatal Idaho plane crash involving two airplanes. The mid-air accident over Lake Coeur d’Alene killed eight people July 5, KREM-TV reports. The agency's report said a de Havilland aircraft...

Drunk driver who killed 3 children gets 30-year sentence

Jul. 31, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — A drunk driver who killed three children when he crashed into the back of a vehicle in which they were passengers has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Matthew Richard Park, 47, of Fairfield received the sentence Wednesday in 5th District Court. He will have to serve at least 17...

Company to open beef processing facility in S. Idaho

Jul. 31, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — A beef processing company said Friday it will open a new plant in south-central Idaho and hire 400 workers. Agri Beef announced plans to build the plant that will operate as True West Beef in Jerome and will be able to process 500 cattle a day. The Times-News reports that the company...

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Washington. The federal government said Friday, July 31, 2020, four giant dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures. The Final...

Supreme Court halts Idaho online signatures for initiative

Jul. 30, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an Idaho group must stop collecting online signatures for an education funding initiative for the November ballot. The court ruled in favor of Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request that a district court’s order allowing online...

Idaho suspect in pursuit, shootout appears in court

Jul. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A former participant in an armed occupation in 2016 at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared in court this week after he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer during a shootout in northern Idaho earlier this month. Sean L. Anderson, 52,...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 23, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference at Central District Health in Boise, Idaho. Idaho lawmakers on Thursday, July 30, voted for proposed legislation creating a liability shield for protection against lawsuits during declared emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic, and are asking Republican Gov. Little to call the Legislature back into session to pass it. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Lawmakers seek special session for liability shield law

Jul. 30, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A working group of Idaho lawmakers approved proposed legislation Thursday creating a liability shield for protection against lawsuits during declared emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic. They also asked Republican Gov. Brad Little to call the entire Legislature back into...