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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brad Little shares his COVID-19 reopen plan during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho's coronavirus cases spike again, doctors urge action

Oct. 20, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That trend has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. “As a health system, we're...

No class Monday in West Ada district due to teacher shortage

Oct. 17, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school district in Idaho has canceled school next Monday due to a teacher shortage after hundreds called out in sick in protest of in-person instruction during the pandemic. The West Ada School District in the Boise metropolitan area made the announcement to cancel on Friday and said...

Man arrested after fight at Idaho haunted house over Trump

Oct. 16, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise man was charged with assault after police say he drunkenly pulled a handgun on teens at a haunted house in Idaho last weekend because they said they didn't like President Donald Trump, authorities said. Joshua Lockner, 37, was arrested on six felony counts of aggravated assault...

William Perry Pendley, deputy director for policy and programs at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, speaks to reporters at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pendley says he remains on the job leading the agency despite a federal judge ruling he's holding the position illegally without Senate confirmation. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Public lands official defends job despite judge's ruling

Oct. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top official at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday he’s still working despite a federal judge ruling he’s illegally holding the position. “I love this job,” William Perry Pendley said, adding he's looking forward to implementing policies put...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Oct. 15, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Gov. Little, get serious about coronavirus and issue a statewide mask mandate Idaho Statesman Oct. 14 Idaho Gov. Brad Little continues to rely on the good graces of Idahoans to do the right thing when it comes to wearing a mask and practicing social distancing during the...

Court declines Idaho bid to overturn transgender inmate case

Oct. 14, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the state of Idaho's bid to overturn a case involving a transgender inmate who sued state officials to obtain sex reassignment surgery. The Court had ruled 7-2 in May that it would not block a lower court's ruling requiring Idaho to pay for...

Judge grounds US Air Force urban training plans in Idaho

Oct. 9, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force violated environmental laws by not adequately studying how noise from military jets coordinating exercises with plain-clothed soldiers on the ground in Idaho could harm humans and wildlife, a judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled last week that the...

Idaho's economy improves, but COVID-19 deaths hit 500

Oct. 8, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's economic rebound following a shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic is third-best in the nation based on the unemployment rate. But the tradeoff has come with the worst positive COVID-19 test rate in the country and a grim milestone: 500 dead. And modeling by...

Idaho seeks dismissal of lawsuit over virus rescue money

Oct. 6, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit filed by an Idaho county against Republican Gov. Brad Little and other state officials that could upend plans for distributing $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money should be dismissed, state attorneys said. The attorney general's office in documents filed last week said...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, a Cook County jail inmate participates in early voting for the Illinois primary at the jail in Chicago.  Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in U.S. jails have the right to vote, but many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to registration and ballots and confusion from the officials in charge.  The advocacy organization released a report detailing voting access for jail inmates with Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group formed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Voting nearly impossible for eligible voters behind bars

Oct. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in U.S. jails have the right to vote. But many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to registration and ballots and confusion from the officials in charge. The result is widespread voter disenfranchisement,...