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Governor Brad Little: Two more weeks of COVID-19 Stage 4 (access required)

Gov. Brad Little at his Sept. 3 press conference.

Governor Brad Little announced for the sixth time that Idaho is not yet ready to advance out of Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds program at a Sept. 3 press conference. During Stage 4 for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho’s ...

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Governor appoints new division heads

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Gov. Brad Little has announced that Russ Barron will lead the recently restructured Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses, the state agency responsible for administering licenses for dozens of professions and businesses in Idaho. Barron has served as executive director ...

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Idaho unemployment claims climb for second week in a row

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment claims are rising for the second week in a row, according to numbers from the Idaho Department of Labor. New first-time filings for unemployment totaled nearly 3,800 last week, 4% more than the previous ...

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Too risky? Fed pressed to expand aid to some businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still in the pandemic’s grip, the Federal Reserve is facing a decision on whether to stretch an emergency lending program in a way that could bring more risk for the government and taxpayers. Lawmakers ...

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Kenton Lee, Wendy Rhodes added to Nampa Development Corporation board

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The Nampa City Council confirmed Mayor Debbie Kling’s appointment of Kenton Lee and Wendy Rhodes to the Nampa Development Corporation board of commissioners at the council meeting Aug. 17. Lee and Rhodes will begin their term on the board on ...

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Altercation at statehouse disrupts legislative special session (access required)

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The afternoon meeting of the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee on Aug. 25 was a bit more heated than Idaho’s legislators bargained for. Before the meeting began, two individuals sat down at the press table, claiming to be members ...

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Idaho still stuck in Stage 4; donates to Idaho Foodbank (access required)

Governor Little at the Aug. 21 press conference at the Idaho Food Bank.

Governor Brad Little announced for the fifth time that Idaho is not yet ready to advance out of Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds program at an Aug. 20 press conference. During Stage 4 for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho’s ...

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Idaho Legislature to address COVID-19 liability in session (access required)

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Business and healthcare trade organizations have come out in favor of the proposed legislation to limit liability to protect those attempting to respond to COVID-19 in commerce, education and healthcare. Idaho has placed the proposed legislation online on the coronavirus.idaho.gov website for ...

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Governor issues order for Legislature special session (access required)

Gov. Brad Little issued a proclamation on Aug. 19 calling the Idaho Legislature into a special legislative session starting on Aug. 24. Little’s proclamation named two issues for the Legislature to consider: liability and tort reform specifically targeted at the ...

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Fewer Idaho residents file unemployment claims

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 10% the previous week, officials said on August 13, but layoffs are continuing to run high due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho Department of Labor ...

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