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Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is signing an emergency health order today mandating masks be worn in all indoor and outdoor public places in the city, with some exceptions, my Idaho Press colleagues report. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. "Coverings that completely cover the nose a…

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The City of McCall is the latest Idaho government to mandate wearing face coverings in public, writes reporter Don Day of BoiseDev.com. The McCall City Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to consider two options around masks, ahead of the popular Fourth of July weekend. For over n…

Just before 5 p.m. today, the state filed an emergency motion for a stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to the federal judge's order allowing Reclaim Idaho to restart its signature-gathering effort for a school funding initiative. "Idaho Governor Bradley Little and Secret…

The numbers don't look good today, but they're an improvement over yesterday, which shattered the record for new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic in Idaho with 365. Today, according to the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, the state saw 253 new infections, for a…

We asked Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for comment on the growing furor in Washington about Russia reportedly placing a bounty on American soldiers killed by the Taliban, and received this response: "Here’s a statement from Senator Risch on news reports of the alleged Russian bounty program: “As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I’ve reviewed...

Two Idaho cities, Hailey and Moscow, on Tuesday issued mandatory face mask orders, Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen reports. “It is a very simple ask that when you walk inside you put a mask on before you enter, and then you take it off as soon as you get out," said Hailey Coun…

With a few exceptions, as of Wednesday, holding a cellphone while driving will be illegal in Idaho, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons. That’s thanks to a new state law, which requires electronic devices be in hands-free mode while driving, including when stopped at red lights, accord…

The public was blocked Monday from much of an inaugural meeting of a new State Department of Education committee engaging in the highly charged process of rewriting academic standards, writes Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin. SDE officials published incomplete information when they…

For the first time in years, the city of Boise has proposed a budget decrease for the upcoming fiscal year, writes Margaret Carmel, Boise city hall reporter for the Idaho Press. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean on Friday released the details of her proposed $730.5 million budget, which is $34.2 mil…

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Two staffers in Gov. Brad Little's office have tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office confirmed today. Neither had had recent contact with the governor, according to his press secretary, Marissa Morrison. "In both instances, neither staff member had contact with the governor...

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has just issued an order denying the state's motion to stay his decision last week to give Reclaim Idaho a second chance at qualifying its education funding initiative for the November ballot, after the COVID-19 stay-home order cut off its signature gather…

Since Monday, state officials have confirmed 904 new cases of COVID-19 in Ada and Canyon Counties. On Saturday, the state’s website for coronavirus information listed 5,319 total cases of COVID-19 in Idaho, which included 171 new cases announced that day. You can read our full story here at …

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, demonstrators in all 50 states are joining the increasingly mainstream movement to reimagine what policing looks like in America after decades of well-documented police violence against people of color nationwide, writes a group of Idaho Press repo…

Hospitals are preparing for a potential influx of older patients after a recent spike in coronavirus infections among young people visiting bars who are likely bringing the illness home to their parents and grandparents, a health expert said Friday, the AP reports. Barton Hill, vice president and chief quality officer of St. Luke’s Health System, said most of the people testing positive...

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is the Idaho GOP’s new chairman, after delegates backed him in a 274-262 vote Saturday against Mark Fuller, chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, writes Idaho Press reporter Blake Jones. Luna replaces Raúl Labrador, who chose not to seek re-election; he had taken the state Republican helm in 2019...

In light of an uptick in positive tests for COVID-19, Boise State University has extended the closure of its facilities through July 5. The announcement came Friday afternoon. Earlier this week, the university’s leadership learned of eight positive or presumed positive cases among members of…

In response to concerns from the community, the Boise Police Department on Friday announced its officers will no longer use neck restraints as a use-of-force technique, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons. Until now, the department — like others in the valley — made use of a neck restr…

If Democrats win the Senate and the presidency, they could make the current Republican Senate the last by making Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., states, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch warned Friday, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. Risch spoke to the Idaho Republican Convention Friday afte…

Toward the end of Marty Peterson’s sentencing hearing, after 4th District Court Judge Lynn Norton told him he would have to register as a sex offender, his attorney asked the judge if terms of Peterson’s probation would affect his housing situation, since his Meridian home is next door to a …

Idaho's U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republican, have joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 senators in introducing legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. If S. 4019 passes, the federal government would observe the June 19 holiday in parity with Idaho’s existing recogni…

Gov. Brad Little on Thursday announced the state will remain in Stage 4 of reopening for at least the next two weeks. "We want businesses to open," Little said during a noon press conference in the Capitol's Lincoln Auditorium. "We want our children back in school at the end of summer, so pl…