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16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to US hospitals

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:54pm

Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new virus that caused an outbreak in China, officials said Thursday.

California apologizes for Japanese American internment

Cuneyt Dil, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:59pm

The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II.

With Chad and Lori Daybell on the move, retired FBI agent explains what could happen next

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 9:15am

Multiple sources tell EastIdahoNews.com Chad and Lori Daybell boarded a plane Sunday afternoon for Maui.

BLM to fund 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in basin states, including Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:00am

The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:20am

Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said the report of an active shooter at the Portstewart Apartments came in late Thursday afternoon, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead. Police said there was no ongoing threat to the public. The officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex. Caldwell is part of the Boise metropolitan area and has a population of about 54,000.  

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:40am

TSA security guards found a loaded handgun Thursday at the Boise Airport. The Bellingham Herald reports that workers found the loaded 9mm handgun in the carry-on luggage of a man who was heading to Seattle. That's according to a Transportation Security Administration news release. Officials said this was the second firearm discovered there in 2020. They said guns should always travel in checked luggage.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:20am

Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said the report of an active shooter at the Portstewart Apartments came in late Thursday afternoon, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead. Police said there was no ongoing threat to the public. The officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex. Caldwell is part of the Boise metropolitan area and has a population of about 54,000.  

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:40am

Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said the report of an active shooter at the Portstewart Apartments came in late Thursday afternoon, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead. Police said there was no ongoing threat to the public. The officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex. Caldwell is part of the Boise metropolitan area and has a population of about 54,000.  

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:20am

Legislation intended to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors advanced to the Idaho House on Wednesday  The House Business Committee approved the bill 15-2 after a five-hour, emotional hearing where lawmakers shared personal stories. The measure would require doctors and medical facilities to provide timely and clear bills for clients. It would also limit how much attorneys can get paid in specific circumstances involving medical debt collection. Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot backed the legislation after a debt collection agency targeted one of his employees, tacking on legal fees that turned a $294 medical bill into more than $5,000.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:40am

Legislation intended to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors advanced to the Idaho House on Wednesday  The House Business Committee approved the bill 15-2 after a five-hour, emotional hearing where lawmakers shared personal stories. The measure would require doctors and medical facilities to provide timely and clear bills for clients. It would also limit how much attorneys can get paid in specific circumstances involving medical debt collection. Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot backed the legislation after a debt collection agency targeted one of his employees, tacking on legal fees that turned a $294 medical bill into more than $5,000.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:20am

A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body,  has been sentenced to at least 22 years in prison. KIFI reports that Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019. Judge Stevan H. Thompson called the crime an "execution style killing."   Through a plea agreement,  the 36-year-old Savage did not have to stand trial and could not be considered for the death penalty. He was sentenced Tuesday. Savage faced between 17 and 25 years minimum in prison for first-degree murder. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:40am

A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body,  has been sentenced to at least 22 years in prison. KIFI reports that Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019. Judge Stevan H. Thompson called the crime an "execution style killing."   Through a plea agreement,  the 36-year-old Savage did not have to stand trial and could not be considered for the death penalty. He was sentenced Tuesday. Savage faced between 17 and 25 years minimum in prison for first-degree murder. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:20am

Livestock owners hit by this month's devastating flooding in northeastern Oregon are getting bales of hay donated by other farmers and ranchers so they can feed their animals. Twenty bales of hay were delivered Thursday and more came over the weekend. A local club of off-roading enthusiasts named Tollgate Off-Road and Recovery Club is making deliveries to livestock owners along the Umatilla River and South Fork Walla Walla River who suffered flood damage on Feb. 6.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 1:40am

Livestock owners hit by this month's devastating flooding in northeastern Oregon are getting bales of hay donated by other farmers and ranchers so they can feed their animals. Twenty bales of hay were delivered Thursday and more came over the weekend. A local club of off-roading enthusiasts named Tollgate Off-Road and Recovery Club is making deliveries to livestock owners along the Umatilla River and South Fork Walla Walla River who suffered flood damage on Feb. 6.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:40am

State labor officials say an increasing population and a booming economy in 2019 again spurred employment growth around Spokane. The Washington State Employment Security Department says the region covering Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties saw more than 4,600 new jobs in 2019, surpassing that mark for the fifth consecutive year. The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports gains in employment, wages, population and housing occurred as the U.S. economy grew for 126 continuous months since June 2009, the longest period of economic growth in history. An economist says the region could see up to a 1.5% increase in employment growth in 2020.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 1:20am

State labor officials say an increasing population and a booming economy in 2019 again spurred employment growth around Spokane. The Washington State Employment Security Department says the region covering Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties saw more than 4,600 new jobs in 2019, surpassing that mark for the fifth consecutive year. The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports gains in employment, wages, population and housing occurred as the U.S. economy grew for 126 continuous months since June 2009, the longest period of economic growth in history. An economist says the region could see up to a 1.5% increase in employment growth in 2020.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:40am

Oregon's governor is in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week, saying she believes it is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. The Tri-City Herald reported the letter outraged Washington state’s three Republican U.S. House members, who want to keep the dams. The dams generate electricity, provide some irrigation and flood control and allow barges to operate all the way to Lewiston, Idaho. But they are also blamed for killing salmon and steelhead that are migrating to the ocean or back to their spawning grounds.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:20am

Oregon's governor is in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week, saying she believes it is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. The Tri-City Herald reported the letter outraged Washington state’s three Republican U.S. House members, who want to keep the dams. The dams generate electricity, provide some irrigation and flood control and allow barges to operate all the way to Lewiston, Idaho. But they are also blamed for killing salmon and steelhead that are migrating to the ocean or back to their spawning grounds.

Oregon landfill took 2M pounds of radioactive fracking waste

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:33am

A chemical waste landfill near the Columbia River in Oregon accepted hundreds of tons of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in violation of Oregon regulations that has alarmed environmental advocates. But the company won't be fined because state officials believe landfill operators misunderstood state guidelines, authorities said.