By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits? It depends, but it will likely be an uphillContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”
by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House is at recess and the Senate is adjourned sine die, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers get a summer break. The Ethics and House Policy Committee will meet Monday, August 2, to review two complaints accusing Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, of conduct unbecoming a Representative and detrimental toContinue reading “What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing”
By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho recorded 439 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total logged since March, and is nearing 200,000 total cases over the course of the pandemic. The state’s positivity rate has climbed to 8 percent for the first time since January, and the number of confirmed cases with theContinue reading “Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January”
By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho is anticipating $5.65 billion in direct payments, grants, and fiscal relief from the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March. Figuring out how to spend that money is shaping up to be a complex task, as lawmakers heard during the first meeting of the Interim Committee onContinue reading “Idaho receiving $5.6 billion through ARPA. Now the hard work begins.”
By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As wildfires across the state burn forests and property, budgeting for the suppression of the often human-caused blaze gets complicated. Wildfire suppression takes into account which agency the burning property belongs to in Idaho. Those potential owners include the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, theContinue reading “Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets”
By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As new cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have nearly doubled in Idaho in the last few weeks, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is eyeing a rise in confirmed Delta variant cases. During a media call on Tuesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said not all hospitals and labsContinue reading “As Delta rises, state still not able to sequence most COVID positives for variants”
By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Ethics and House Policy Committee reported Tuesday that they found probable cause to further review two complaints made about Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ conduct. The allegations revolve around conduct unbecoming of a representative, as first reported by the Idaho Capital Sun. Giddings, R-White Bird, was previously accused of identifying, orContinue reading “House ethics committee sets hearing for review of Rep. Giddings’ conduct”
by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”
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