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Groups seek injunction to stop Idaho transgender sports ban

Two civil rights groups that filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports have asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from taking effect July 1. The American Civil ...

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Lawsuit seeks to challenge Idaho coronavirus restrictions

Three northern Idaho residents have filed a federal lawsuit challenging statewide restrictions ordered by Gov. Brad Little due to the coronavirus, saying it violates their religious freedoms. Two religious leaders and a churchgoer filed the lawsuit on April 30 against ...

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Idaho lottery still a popular bet during pandemic worries

Despite a pandemic, many Idaho residents are apparently still feeling lucky. Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said on April 28 that ticket sales were down only about 5% the previous week, and that somebody snagged $250,000 in one the agency’s ...

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Idaho’s top school official sues lawmakers, education board

Lawmakers violated the state constitution, Idaho’s top school official said in a lawsuit, by approving two laws that are an attack on her office by reducing her ability to direct critical public school operations. Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra ...

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16 Idaho nursing homes hit by COVID-19, state mum on details

Idaho nursing homes have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 150 cases reported at 16 different long-term care facilities in the state. So far, at least 26 people at such facilities have died from COVID-19. In ...

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Coeur d’Alene Casino partially reopens its restaurants

WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — The Coeur d’Alene Casino has reopened some of its restaurants with social distancing efforts in place and face mask requirements. KREM reports the tribal casino closed on March 20, five days before Idaho Gov. Brad Little ...

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With schools closed, more Idaho students start farm jobs

With students completing school work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, officials say more youths are filling their days by doing farm labor and other agricultural jobs. Educators and farm-worker advocates are worried that could take a toll on students’ education ...

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Hundreds defy Idaho’s stay-at-home order at Capitol protest

More than 1,000 protesters gathered at the Idaho Statehouse on April 17 in defiance of Gov. Brad Little’s extension of the statewide stay-at-home order. Little announced on April 15 that the order would extend to the end of April in ...

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St. Luke’s hopes to increase coronavirus testing capacity

St. Luke’s Health System says it’s looking to significantly increase its testing capacity for the coronavirus by using its own labs starting Monday. Hospital officials said they hope that facilities in Boise, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Meridian, Nampa and McCall can ...

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Lawsuit filed to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming, saying it would harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas ...

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