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Idaho lawmakers eye fast exit if coronavirus hits Statehouse

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Gov. Brad Little and leaders in the Idaho House and Senate said Thursday they’ve made contingency plans for a hasty end to the legislative session should someone in the Statehouse get the new coronavirus. “The fact that we aggregate people ...

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Senate OKs bill targeting predatory medical debt collectors

Legislation in Idaho to create transparency in medical bills sent to people and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors headed to the governor’s desk on Monday. The Senate voted 32-1 to approve the measure backers call consumer protection legislation. ...

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Idaho faces another lawsuit over lethal injection secrecy

In May 2012, before he was appointed director of the Idaho Department of Correction, Josh Tewalt bought “lethal injection drugs” with a suitcase full of cash in a Walmart parking lot, new court documents allege. The drugs were later used ...

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Idaho Senate committee advances affirmative action ban

A Senate panel on Monday approved a measure banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education. The Senate State Affairs Committee sent the bill to the full Senate for amending out of concern the state could lose ...

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Idaho Controller: Scammers stole roughly $500,000 from state

The FBI is investigating after scammers stole roughly half a million dollars of Idaho state payments that were intended to go to state contractors. Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf’s office revealed the theft in a prepared statement released late Friday ...

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Boise adopts hand-held phone ban for drivers

It’s now illegal to use a hand-held device while driving in Boise. The city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning hand-held cell phone use while driving during a meeting on Tuesday. The new rule means drivers in the capital city ...

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Technology bringing medical care home

PAXINOS, Pa. (AP) — Mabel Henninger knitted on her living room couch as her husband of 69 years sat nearby in a recliner having his heart and lungs monitored by a Geisinger physician. The physician, Dr. Anthony Wylie, was in ...

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New Seattle metro area airport a hit with travelers

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — When Lynnwood resident Aristotle Roberts arrived at Paine Field at 3:12 p.m. on Monday from San Francisco International Airport, he was greeted with a bottle of Champagne as he became the one millionth passenger to pass ...

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S. Idaho school faces budget shortfall, spending freeze

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho school district is freezing most spending through June due to a $1.4 million budget shortfall. The Twin Falls School District says a drop in student numbers meant less money from the state, ...

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Coronavirus will likely reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak will reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone National Park, according to tourism officials, but the impact will be small compared to the national effect. “Yes, we would anticipate it having some effect, but they ...

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