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Idaho newspaper plans lawsuit over COVID-19 records denial

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho newspaper on May 29 said it will file a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Welfare if the agency doesn’t turn over the names of long-term care facilities in the state ...

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Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued ...

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Idaho Republican claims state botched mail-in ballot process

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho election officials botched the mail-in primary process, says a Republican candidate seeking to represent the state in Congress and who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to extend the deadline for requesting a ballot until ...

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Radioactive waste cleanup paying off for giant Idaho aquifer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years, scientists say. A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey ...

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Supreme Court won’t put transgender inmate surgery on hold

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t put an Idaho transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery on hold while a lawsuit over the procedure moves forward. The order on May 21 means Adree Edmo can continue getting pre-surgical treatments ...

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Little details his goals to expand COVID-19 testing in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ramping up COVID-19 testing and tracing is key to Idaho’s containment strategy, Gov. Brad Little said May 21, as authorities said they hope to be consistently testing 2% of the state’s population in the coming months. ...

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US home construction drops 30.2% in April as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building plunged in April to the lowest level in five years, taken down by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that ground breakings plummeted 30.2% last month to a ...

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Idaho Land Board will stick with timberland-buying strategy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little’s desire to make a significant course change involving a politically charged strategy on how to invest millions of dollars to benefit public schools and other beneficiaries was rejected Tuesday by his fellow members ...

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Official: Idaho COVID-19 outbreak linked to family gathering

WEISER, Idaho (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases has been confirmed in Washington County, leading to the voluntary shutdown of a food processing plant, Idaho health officials said on May 13. Southwest District Health said some people infected with ...

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Idaho’s first mail-in primary moves ahead amid coronavirus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is holding an entirely mail-in primary for the first time as the state works to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Ballots needed to be requested by May 17 and returned by 8 p.m. ...

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