Latest Idaho state government News

Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

Aug. 09, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 05, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

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...

Report: Climate change a challenge for Idaho wildlife

Aug. 02, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Climate change could make it more challenging to conserve and manage the state’s most at-risk fish, wildlife and plants, Idaho officials said. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Monday released its draft Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan that will guide...

US sues Idaho over abortion law, cites medical treatment

Aug. 02, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that challenges Idaho’s restrictive abortion law, arguing that it conflicts with a federal law requiring doctors to provide pregnant women medically necessary treatment that could include abortion. The federal...

Idaho officials will allow remote bidding for state lands

Jul. 28, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are looking to expand the number of participants in auctions for state lands and potentially bring in more money by allowing remote bidding. The announcement by the Idaho Department of Lands on Wednesday comes ahead of an Aug. 13 auction in...

Energy Department selects Idaho for nuclear test reactor

Jul. 27, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has been selected as the site for a proposed nuclear test reactor that would dramatically reduce the time needed to develop nuclear fuels and components for a new generation of nuclear reactors that could help reduce global warming, the U.S. Department of Energy said...

Idaho sued over law banning abortion after 6 weeks pregnancy

Jul. 26, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A regional Planned Parenthood organization has filed a third lawsuit over Idaho's anti-abortion laws and the latest targets the state's ban on abortions for pregnancies beyond six weeks of gestation. Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana,...

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...

2 pilots die after firefighting helicopter crashes in Idaho

Jul. 22, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Both pilots of a firefighting helicopter that crashed in Idaho have died, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. Mary Cernicek with the Salmon-Challis National Forest said Thomas Hayes, 41, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Jared Bird, 36, of Anchorage, Alaska, died from...