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Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:06pm

Washington state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims amid the COVID-19 crisis, officials said Thursday.

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:04pm

Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional.

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 8:18am

Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same.

Friend describes zombies, JJ’s disappearance and the ‘fatal attraction’ between Chad and Lori Daybell

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 28th - 7:42am

It was September 2019. Lori Vallow was moving to Rexburg, Idaho, from Gilbert, Arizona. She didn’t want to go at first, according to her best friend.

Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:42am

The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called.

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 11:13am

Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation.

Friend describes Chad and Lori Daybells’ religious beliefs and her relationship with the couple

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 26th - 10:37am

Melanie Gibb likely knows more about Chad and Lori Daybell’s relationship than anyone else.

Group sings 'Happy Birthday' for JJ Vallow; grandparents call on Daybells to 'end this agony'

Nate Eaton and Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 26th - 7:48am

About two dozen people gathered at Kennedy Elementary School Monday night to commemorate Joshua “JJ” Vallow’s 8th birthday.

Candlelight vigil to be held in honor of JJ Vallow's 8th birthday

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 25th - 5:36pm

A candlelight vigil is being held for Joshua “JJ” Vallow on Monday to commemorate his 8th birthday and raise awareness that the boy and sister, Tylee Ryan, are still missing.

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:20am

Gov. Brad Little says Idaho can move to the third of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity as it seeks to recover from he economic damage caused by the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Thursday that restrictions will be lifted Saturday that will allow bars to reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people as long as precautions are taken. Little also moved up the opening of movie theaters two weeks to Saturday. He said if possible businesses should still have employees work remotely. Little’s plan is based on declining infections and testing. 

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 1:40am

Gov. Brad Little says Idaho can move to the third of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity as it seeks to recover from he economic damage caused by the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Thursday that restrictions will be lifted Saturday that will allow bars to reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people as long as precautions are taken. Little also moved up the opening of movie theaters two weeks to Saturday. He said if possible businesses should still have employees work remotely. Little’s plan is based on declining infections and testing. 

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 3:20am

Gov. Brad Little says Idaho can move to the third of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity as it seeks to recover from he economic damage caused by the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Thursday that restrictions will be lifted Saturday that will allow bars to reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people as long as precautions are taken. Little also moved up the opening of movie theaters two weeks to Saturday. He said if possible businesses should still have employees work remotely. Little’s plan is based on declining infections and testing. 

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:40am

Gov. Brad Little says Idaho can move to the third of his four-stage plan to return to regular activity as it seeks to recover from he economic damage caused by the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Thursday that restrictions will be lifted Saturday that will allow bars to reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people as long as precautions are taken. Little also moved up the opening of movie theaters two weeks to Saturday. He said if possible businesses should still have employees work remotely. Little’s plan is based on declining infections and testing. 

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 3:20am

Health officials say dozens of workers at a meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho have tested positive for COVID-19. The South Central Public Health District said Tuesday that 44 employees at Ida-Beef in the small city of Burley tested positive. Officials say none of the workers have been hospitalized and there are no fatalities linked to the outbreak. It's the second food processing plant in the region to be hit by the coronavirus in recent days. About 50 workers with potato products company Rite Stuff Foods in nearby Jerome last week tested positive. 

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 1:40am

Health officials say dozens of workers at a meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho have tested positive for COVID-19. The South Central Public Health District said Tuesday that 44 employees at Ida-Beef in the small city of Burley tested positive. Officials say none of the workers have been hospitalized and there are no fatalities linked to the outbreak. It's the second food processing plant in the region to be hit by the coronavirus in recent days. About 50 workers with potato products company Rite Stuff Foods in nearby Jerome last week tested positive. 

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 3:20am

Idaho’s unemployment rate swung from a record low to a record high in the span of a month, spurred by job losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Idaho Department of Labor officials say April’s unemployment rate reached 11.5%. That’s a 9 point jump in the seasonally-adjusted number compared to the record low 2.5% rate recorded in March. Nearly 103,000 Idaho residents were unemployed last month, according to the department, an 81,000 person increase. A tally from Johns Hopkins University shows that there have been more than 2,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state so far.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:40am

Idaho’s unemployment rate swung from a record low to a record high in the span of a month, spurred by job losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Idaho Department of Labor officials say April’s unemployment rate reached 11.5%. That’s a 9 point jump in the seasonally-adjusted number compared to the record low 2.5% rate recorded in March. Nearly 103,000 Idaho residents were unemployed last month, according to the department, an 81,000 person increase. A tally from Johns Hopkins University shows that there have been more than 2,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state so far.

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:20am

A young mountain lion was found injured near Rexburg and officials came to the decision that it had to be euthanized a day later. CBS2 reports the Idaho Department of Fish and Game found the young male lion injured on the outskirts of Rexburg on Saturday. The lion had an injury on his right flank. It was watched overnight and given antibiotics. IDFG decided the injury was too severe and euthanized the animal. 

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:40am

A young mountain lion was found injured near Rexburg and officials came to the decision that it had to be euthanized a day later. CBS2 reports the Idaho Department of Fish and Game found the young male lion injured on the outskirts of Rexburg on Saturday. The lion had an injury on his right flank. It was watched overnight and given antibiotics. IDFG decided the injury was too severe and euthanized the animal.