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Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

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They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a ...

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U.S military wants to build mobile microreactor in Idaho

The U.S. Department of Defense wants to build a prototype advanced mobile nuclear microreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho, saying they are needed to ensure the military’s energy supply. The microreactor would be capable of producing one ...

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Idaho officials extend statewide school closure

Idaho officials on Monday extended the statewide school closure because of the coronavirus through the end of the academic year, or until social distancing requirements are lifted. The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend school closures past ...

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Idaho Statehouse reporter tests positive for coronavirus

A reporter for a Boise television station who covered the Idaho Legislature and attended recent news conferences held by Gov. Brad Little said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Joe Parris of KTVB-TV said he was tested on March ...

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Idaho economy sheds jobs at record rate due to coronavirus

Nearly 33,000 Idaho residents filed for unemployment benefits the last week in March as the Idaho economy continues shedding jobs at a record rate because of the coronavirus, state officials said. The Idaho Department of Labor reported that the number ...

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Stay-at-home order legal, Idaho attorney general says

Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home order to limit the spread of the coronavirus is legal and clearly defined by law, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wasden said the Republican governor’s power to assert such an order is found within Idaho ...

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Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

When will the money arrive? That’s the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. They’re awaiting help from the $2 trillion rescue package signed into law Friday. But with bills fast coming due, ...

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Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho

A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections in America. Numbers from Johns Hopkins University on ...

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Idaho to hold May primary by mail only due to coronavirus

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday that the state primary will be held on May 19 as planned, but it will be conducted by mail with no in-person voting due to the coronavirus. The ...

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