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Idaho newspaper plans lawsuit over COVID-19 records denial

May. 29, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho newspaper on Friday said it will file a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Welfare if the agency doesn’t turn over the names of long-term care facilities in the state with confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. The...

Latinos increasingly affected by COVID-19 in rural Idaho

May. 29, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New data shows a recent spike in coronavirus cases has hit Latinos in rural Idaho, an already disproportionately affected community that makes up a third of the state's cases where the race is known. Data collected from all seven Idaho public health districts has shown a majority of the...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference in Boise, Idaho. Little says Idaho can move to the third stage of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity and recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that restrictions will be lifted starting Saturday that will allow bars to reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people as long as precautions are taken. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho governor OKs additional lifting of virus rules

May. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little said Thursday that Idaho can move to the third of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity as it seeks to recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor said restrictions will be lifted Saturday that will allow bars...

Idaho gets 14K more absentee ballot requests after extension

May. 28, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state of Idaho has received another 14,000 absentee ballot requests after a federal court extended the deadline for the primary election because of website problems that kept some voters from filing their requests on time. Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said about 3,000 of the...

Idaho unemployment claims still high but slowing down

May. 28, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fewer people are filing initial unemployment insurance claims or requesting payments under continued claims, officials said Thursday, but Idaho’s overall jobless numbers remain bleak. The Idaho Department of Labor said that 4,700 people filed claims last week, a drop of about...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows, from left, Mary Marshall, 20, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colo., two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for the two athletes filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho Republican joins transgender sports lawsuit fight

May. 28, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Party Chairman Raul Labrador has signed on to represent two college track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. The lawyer who served four terms in Congress...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...

South Idaho meatpacking plant hit with virus outbreak

May. 27, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Dozens of workers at a meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said. The South Central Public Health District said Tuesday that 44 employees at Ida-Beef in the small city of Burley tested positive. None of the workers were...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows Mary Marshall, one of two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for Marshall, 20,  of Twin Falls, Idaho, and 19-year-old Madison Kenyon of Johnston, Colo., filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

May. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, 20, of...

Idaho's unemployment rate reaches record high in April

May. 26, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's unemployment rate swung from a record low to a record high in the span of a month, spurred by job losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Idaho Department of Labor officials said April's unemployment rate reached 11.5%. That's a 9 point jump in the seasonally-adjusted number...