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Tuesday’s news that the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare had confirmed its first two cases of vaping associated respiratory illness in the state only added to the national discussion over what, if anything, should be done about e-cigarettes, writes Melissa Davlin of Idaho Reports, bu…

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A former candidate for Idaho governor says he's under investigation in connection with the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl, the AP reports. Steve Pankey, who ran as a Constitution Party candidate for governor in 2014 and again as a Republican in the 2018 primary, told the Idaho Statesman...

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Idaho will not sign onto a tentative settlement with the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the AP reports. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made the announcement Thursday, saying he believes the settlement isn't in the best interest of the state. Wasden, a Republican, says his office will continue to litigate the case...

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After concern from some House members about the Legislature’s new “respectful workplace” policy and how it came about, the House Ethics Committee is meeting today as a “working group” to hear presentations and ask questions about it. “There was some angst,” said House Ethics Chairman Sage Di…

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The state Department of Health and Welfare has released a waiver that would require most Medicaid patients to get a referral before seeking family planning services from anyone other than their primary doctor, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. Public comment has opened, the departm…

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The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in a move that critics contend is deferring management to states and could harm wildlife, the AP reports. The Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunters and anglers can shoot and cast their rods...

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After David Trotter, a Democratic activist from Florida, went online yesterday to say he’s filing an Idaho Human Rights Commission complaint over an employment dispute with the Idaho Democratic Party, the party announced today that it had briefly hired him as executive director, then termina…

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Two Idaho patients have developed serious respiratory disease after using electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reports; both patients are between the ages of 15 and 30, and one is a minor.

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Idaho Senate Transportation Chairman Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, has announced that he won’t seek re-election next year. “I have great respect for those who know when it is time to step aside,” longtime senator said. “I know that time for me is now. … I am proud to have been part in many impo…

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An Austrian doctor who prescribes abortion drugs to patients around the world is suing the United States for allegedly blocking her American patients from getting abortions by seizing their prescriptions, the AP reports. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Idaho on Monday...

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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has joined with 49 other attorneys general in launching an anti-trust investigation into Google. “This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet and searching on the internet,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, “as the…

If a government agency in Idaho violates the Idaho Public Records Law, there’s only one thing you can do: Go to court. Under the law, that’s the “sole remedy.” You get a lawyer and file a lawsuit. It doesn’t happen often, and it’s obvious why not: Getting a lawyer and going to court is a cos…

Representation in police departments is not keeping up with Idaho's Hispanic population growth, writes Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek. In Caldwell, for example, Latinos make up 36% of the population, but only 7% of the police force. Boise has a smaller Latino population, roughly 9%, but …

The mayoral race for Boise now has seven candidates, Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel reported this afternoon. Rebecca Arnold, president of the Ada County Highway District commission, has filed paperwork to run for Boise's highest office.

In two and a quarter hours, more than 30 people have testified at this afternoon's public hearing on a proposed federal waiver to impose work reporting requirements on those who qualify for Idaho's voter-approved Medicaid expansion program. All 34, unanimously, opposed the waiver. 

BNSF Railway's plan to build two bridges as part of a second railroad line in northern Idaho to accommodate increased train traffic and future growth meets environmental requirements, federal officials have ruled. The AP reports that the U.S. Coast Guard issued a final environmental assessment for the bridges across Lake Pend Oreille...

A daredevil sport where an individual attempts to walk across a rope or nylon strap suspended high above the ground has been banned at a national reserve and state park in south-central Idaho, the AP reports. Officials at the state-managed City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park...

A familiar, and notorious, face has entered the race for Boise mayor, writes Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel. In a surprise announcement Friday, former Mayor Brent Coles announced he is running for the city's highest office once again, over 15 years since he resigned in shroud of scandal.

Gov. Brad Little today announced two appointments to the Idaho Fish & Game Commission, reappointing Derick Atterbury to represent the Upper Snake Region; and appointing Bradley Melton to represent the Clearwater Region. Melton replaces Dan Blanco of Moscow on the commission.