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Governor sends rapid antigen coronavirus tests to schools (access required)

Idaho State Epidemiologist Christine Hahn at the Governor's Oct. 1 press conference. Photo by Catie Clark.

Idaho’s recent uphill battle with COVID-19 was no surprise to anyone at the Governor’s Oct. 1 press conference; however, the arrival of rapid coronavirus antigen tests for Idaho’s schools was some of the best news to date. Governor Brad Little ...

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A word with Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist (access required)

Because both national and Idaho-specific datasets report widely varying COVID-19 test positivity results, the Idaho Business review asked the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about the details of how it manages its COVID-19 data. We interviewed Kathryn Turner, Ph.D. ...

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Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country

NIXON, Nev. (AP) — Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe’s senior services van to get to the grocery store or the doctor before the coronavirus pandemic ended that ...

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Boise Mayor McLean gives first State of the City speech (access required)

Inside one of the apartments at Valor Pointe.

Mayor Lauren McLean gave her first state of the city speech virtually from the Boise Library branch at Cole and Ustick last week. Her address recapped the recent hard times in Boise due to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined some ...

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Paul Kimmell appointed to Idaho Economic Advisory Council

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Gov. Brad Little has appointed Paul J. Kimmell to serve on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council representing Region 2. Kimmell resides near Viola and is the Palouse Region Business and Public Affairs Manager for Avista Corporation. Previously, he held positions with Boise Cascade Corporation, ...

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$2.7 billion tentative settlement in Blue Cross Blue Shield antitrust suit (access required)

The class-action antitrust case against all 36 Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers in the country, including Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, reached a tentative settlement of $2.7 billion on Sept. 24. The settlement was ...

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Idaho man sues over state’s anti-sodomy law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man represented by a coalition of civil rights attorneys is suing the state’s attorney general over Idaho’s so-called “infamous crime against nature” law, which makes it illegal to have oral or anal sex. The ...

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Analysis: Is COVID litigation much ado about nothing? (access required)

The Idaho Legislature passed the Coronavirus Limited Immunity Act during its special session at the end of August. Many balloons could have been launched on all the hot air generated in the passage of this law. For all the excitement ...

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Officers elected to Idaho Trial Lawyers Association

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The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association installed Boise-based attorney Taylor L. Mossman-Fletcher as the 2020-2021 president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. In a hybrid in-person and virtual investiture, 2019-2020 president Jarom A. Whitehead of Twin Falls passed the ceremonial gavel to Mossman-Fletcher. ...

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