Latest Idaho state government News

Idaho virus restrictions remain; governor touts economy

Sep. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will remain under restrictions in the fourth and final stage of reopening the economy during the coronavirus pandemic for at least another two weeks, Gov. Brad Little said Friday. The Republican governor said intensive care unit hospitalizations of those infected remain too high,...

Idaho initial and continuing unemployment claims drop again

Sep. 17, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 4% last week, officials said Thursday, as Idaho's economy continues recovering during the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho Department of Labor said that applications for jobless benefits declined to 3,672 last week, while...

Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

Sep. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday approved spending $150 million to help educate students. The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad...

Idaho avoids bad wildfire season with quick responses, luck

Sep. 15, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state appears to have avoided a tough wildfire season so far with a combination of quick responses by state and federal firefighters and good luck with weather, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday. The Republican governor said an early plan forced by the coronavirus pandemic to...

Court: Idaho Fish and Game road check stations can continue

Sep. 14, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife officials can continue setting up checkpoint stations to stop all vehicles to enforce hunting and fishing regulations, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye last week dismissed Steve Tanner’s lawsuit seeking to ban the...

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2011, file photo, shows the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Board of Correction didn't follow its own public records rules when prison officials refused to turn over some lethal injection records, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho attorney Ritchie Eppink told the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)

Idaho Supreme Court considers lethal injection records case

Sep. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Board of Correction didn't follow its own public records rules when prison officials refused to turn over some lethal injection records, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho attorney Ritchie Eppink told the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday. But deputy attorney general Jessica...

Idaho governor restores $99 million in education funding

Sep. 11, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little on Friday restored $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor also announced that another $50 million will be made available to parents so they’re less...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Sep. 10, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: What if all your polling places are destroyed? New Idaho law says, ‘Too bad’ Idaho Statesman Sept. 10 One of the more disturbing stories to come out of this year’s still-developing wildfire season was the near-total...

Idaho tax revenues blow past expectations for August

Sep. 8, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s state tax revenue for August blew past predictions for the second consecutive month, state budget officials said Tuesday. Idaho’s state tax revenues came in $37 million, or 13 percent, over forecasts, and the state is looking at a potential $500 million in surplus...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors Association said in a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that states should be equals in creating the new definition that could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

Sep. 4, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western...