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Idaho's top court latest in red state to weigh abortion ban

Aug. 03, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It’s likely that virtually all abortions will be banned eventually in deeply conservative Idaho, along with most other Republican-dominated states, but there are still battles to play out in court and maybe the legislature as abortion rights advocates continue to try to...

Nez Perce Tribe disputes Idaho gold mine air quality permit

Jul. 29, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the federal Clean Air Act as well as the state’s regulations by issuing an air quality permit for a proposed gold mine in west-central Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe and two conservation groups said. The tribe, Idaho Conservation League...

Boise attorney to face Labrador for Idaho attorney general

Jul. 26, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise attorney Tom Arkoosh announced Tuesday that he's running for Idaho attorney general as the Democratic nominee. Arkoosh announced his candidacy amid family and friends at the Statehouse. He’s replacing Steve Scanlin, who ran in the May Democratic primary...

Experts: Idaho law, culture complicates hate crime response

Jul. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of hate crimes reported to law enforcement agencies dropped slightly in 2021, according to a report from the Idaho State Police, but experts say the state’s laws and culture make some people unlikely to report hate crimes and others unlikely to see justice when...

US testing new fire retardant, critics push other methods

Jul. 02, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials are testing a new wildfire retardant after two decades of buying millions of gallons annually from one supplier, but watchdogs say the expensive strategy is overly fixated on aerial attacks at the expense of hiring more fire-line digging ground crews. ...

Air Force ROTC cadet dies in Idaho training accident

Jun. 26, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — An Air Force ROTC cadet from Alaska died in an accident involving a Humvee during a training exercise in Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base said Sunday. Mackenzie Wilson, 19, a cadet at Oregon State University, died of injuries sustained in an accident...

Idaho gears up for wildfire season with bolstered crews

Jun. 21, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cooler and wetter weather this spring has alleviated drought concerns in much of Idaho but spurred grass growth that could cause large rangeland wildfires in the southern part of the state as plants dry out this summer, wildfire forecasters told the Idaho Land Board on...

US adds $103M for wildfire hazards and land rehabilitation

Jun. 17, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. is adding $103 million this year for wildfire risk reduction and burned-area rehabilitation throughout the country as well as establishing an interagency wildland firefighter health and well-being program, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Friday. ...

Experts: Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric could galvanize extremists

Jun. 14, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As hate speech targeting LGBTQ people increases among some far-right influencers and others online, experts are warning that extremist groups may see the rhetoric as a call to action. Such may have been the case when 31 members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot...

Right-wing extremists amp up anti-LGBTQ rhetoric online

Jun. 13, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A few weeks before 31 members of a white supremacist group were arrested for allegedly planning to riot at a northern Idaho LGBTQ pride event, a fundamentalist Idaho pastor told his Boise congregation that gay, lesbian and transgender people should be executed by the...