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Idaho prosecutors question governor's plan for federal funds

Jul. 10, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors from more than half of Idaho’s counties questioned whether Gov. Brad Little’s plan to use $200 million in federal aid for property tax relief is legal under the federal coronavirus aid package. Prosecutors in 16 counties signed a letter that asks...

FILE - This June 1, 2012 file photo, shows the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near Stanley, Idaho. The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its request asking a federal judge to prohibit an Idaho man from flying his helicopter near work crews building a public trail on an easement crossing private land in central Idaho. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

U.S. drops injunction request in dispute over trail project

Jul. 10, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a request asking a federal judge to prohibit an Idaho man from flying his helicopter near work crews building a public trail on an easement crossing private land. The department said it accepted Michael Boren’s statements in court...

Idaho to appeal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling

Jul. 9, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Thursday that he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling rejecting his request to put on hold a court order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot. The Republican governor announced the...

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little speaks at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Little announced a plan for reopening schools in the fall that requires schools to be prepared to teach students with traditional face-to-face methods in the classroom, distance learning online, or a hybrid combination. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Idaho schools get OK to open to students this fall

Jul. 9, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s 300,000 schoolkids in grades K-12 can return to schools this fall but with flexible learning strategies to protect them and their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday. The plan, unanimously approved by the Idaho State Board of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, file photo, employees screen visitors for COVID-19 before they enter the building at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho. A new spike in cases, however, has turned the mostly rural state into a COVID-19 hotspot. (Geoff Crimmins/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP, File)

Cases of coronavirus in Idaho spike after businesses reopen

Jul. 7, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — For a time in Idaho, it seemed like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic could be over. After an initial onslaught of confirmed cases in the spring, by June numbers had dropped to a point that state leaders felt comfortable allowing businesses to reopen and life to get back to nearly...

Boise mayor to issue order making face coverings mandatory

Jul. 2, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mayor of Idaho’s largest city said Thursday that she will sign a public health emergency order requiring face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public places. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean cited the significant increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in making the order, which...

New Idaho unemployment claims jump 26% to 5,500

Jul. 2, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials said Thursday that new unemployment claims jumped 26% last week to about 5,500. The Idaho Department of Labor said that it received about 1,100 more new claims last week compared to the week before that. Idaho’s unemployment numbers have been edging down under...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 25, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brad Little extended Stage 4 of Idaho's COVID-19 reopening plan, citing that metrics had not been met to move forward, during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Boise, Idaho. Little says two federal court rulings involving the state's ballot initiative process are

Idaho files emergency motion in ballot initiative lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials late Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold a federal court’s order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot. The request said the emergency...

A pedestrian wearing a facemask walks past a tent used for taking coronavirus tests on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in a parking lot outside Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho. (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

Cities require face coverings as virus cases surge in Idaho

Jul. 1, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two Idaho cities are making face coverings mandatory as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases keeps surging. The requirement in Moscow starts Thursday and is set to last seven days. In Hailey, the mandate started Wednesday and will stay in place until city officials repeal it. Both...

Judge orders online signatures accepted for Idaho initiative

Jun. 30, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Idaho officials to accept online signatures for an effort aimed at putting a $170 million education funding initiative on the November ballot. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the order after Idaho balked at his order last week for...