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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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US plans reimagine fighting wildfires amid crews’ virus risk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In new plans that offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews, it’s not clear how officials will get the testing and equipment needed to keep ...

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Thyra Stevenson, Idaho state representative, dies at 75

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho state Rep. Thyra Stevenson died Monday, a week after suffering a serious heart attack. She was 75. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Stevenson, a Republican, represented the 6th Legislative District, which includes Nez Perce and ...

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Over 20 Idaho beef plant workers sickened with coronavirus

KUNA (AP) — At least 23 employees working at a beef processing plant here have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials confirmed Saturday. One additional employee is presumed to have the virus, and two other contract employees have tested ...

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Boise March home sales statistics belie national figures

U.S. home sales showed signs of collapsing in March, as the number of contract signs plunged sharply because of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Association of Realtors said on April 29 that its pending home sales index, which measures signed ...

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Expert: Idaho will have to be smart to defeat coronavirus

A plan to reopen Idaho during the coronavirus pandemic hinges on understanding what the state and individuals have to do to defeat the illness, the co-chair of Gov. Brad Little’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force said. “The long-term success for all ...

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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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