Latest Idaho state government News

Idaho Republican officials plan lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican officials are warning President Joe Biden of legal action if his proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for about 100 million Americans goes into effect. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, House Speaker Scott Bedke...

Federal court rejects Idaho pollution permit for dairies

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms. But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion...

Man sentenced to 2 years in prison for using brother's ID

Sep. 17, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 74-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for using his missing brother’s identity to collect up to $500,000 in Social Security disability payments, but officials still don't know what happened to the brother, last seen in 1988. ...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...

Refugee organization: Idaho to welcome 400 Afghan nationals

Sep. 15, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Roughly 400 Afghan refugees will resettle in Idaho over the next fiscal year, officials with the International Rescue Committee in Boise said on Tuesday. About 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted to the United States under a program called...

COVID surge pushes much of Idaho toward medical rationing

Sep. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public health officials say crisis standards of care are imminent for the state's most populated region as hospitals continue to be overrun with unvaccinated coronavirus patients. The southwestern and southern Idaho regions that include...

Far-right bid to reconvene Legislature called grandstanding

Sep. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed meeting Wednesday by far-right Idaho House members to form a quorum at the Statehouse and force the Legislature to reconvene to prohibit vaccine mandates is grandstanding and illegitimate and has no chance of succeeding, key lawmakers said. ...

Washington hospital execs: little capacity to help Idaho

Sep. 13, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Taya Briley, executive vice...

About 1,000 protest President Joe Biden's visit to Idaho

Sep. 13, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,000 protesters gathered Monday in Boise during a visit by President Joe Biden to rail against his plan to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, last year's presidential election and a host of other issues. Biden visited Boise as...

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Idaho lawmaker on rape charges

Sep. 10, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Idaho lawmaker who resigned in disgrace after a 19-year-old intern reported that he brought her to his apartment on false pretenses and raped her. The Ada County arrest warrant on charges of rape and...