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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.

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 10:15am

A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water.

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

A child in the Pasco, Washington, area has been diagnosed with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, an illness associated with COVID-19.  That's according to the Benton Franklin Health District. It's one of four cases of the syndrome identified in Washington state and the first in the Tri-Cities area. The child is under 10 and is hospitalized. Children diagnosed with the illness are healthy before developing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease.

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

A child in the Pasco, Washington, area has been diagnosed with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, an illness associated with COVID-19.  That's according to the Benton Franklin Health District. It's one of four cases of the syndrome identified in Washington state and the first in the Tri-Cities area. The child is under 10 and is hospitalized. Children diagnosed with the illness are healthy before developing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 3:40am

As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public. It's unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots. Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:20am

As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public. It's unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots. Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:40am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says ramping up COVID-19 testing and tracing is key to Idaho’s containment strategy and authorities hope be consistently testing 2% of the state’s population in the coming months.  Little spoke Friday at a news conference where a task force released recommendations for expanding testing in the state. Among the goals are expanding testing across all populations, including symptomatic and asymptomatic people, and increasing spending on local testing capacity. The state has in the past weeks struggled to increase testing.  Elke Shaw-Telloch, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administrator for public health, said federal officials recommend testing 2% of the population each month

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 1:20am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says ramping up COVID-19 testing and tracing is key to Idaho’s containment strategy and authorities hope be consistently testing 2% of the state’s population in the coming months.  Little spoke Friday at a news conference where a task force released recommendations for expanding testing in the state. Among the goals are expanding testing across all populations, including symptomatic and asymptomatic people, and increasing spending on local testing capacity. The state has in the past weeks struggled to increase testing.  Elke Shaw-Telloch, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administrator for public health, said federal officials recommend testing 2% of the population each month

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:20am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says ramping up COVID-19 testing and tracing is key to Idaho’s containment strategy and authorities hope be consistently testing 2% of the state’s population in the coming months.  Little spoke Friday at a news conference where a task force released recommendations for expanding testing in the state. Among the goals are expanding testing across all populations, including symptomatic and asymptomatic people, and increasing spending on local testing capacity. The state has in the past weeks struggled to increase testing.  Elke Shaw-Telloch, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administrator for public health, said federal officials recommend testing 2% of the population each month

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:40am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says ramping up COVID-19 testing and tracing is key to Idaho’s containment strategy and authorities hope be consistently testing 2% of the state’s population in the coming months.  Little spoke Friday at a news conference where a task force released recommendations for expanding testing in the state. Among the goals are expanding testing across all populations, including symptomatic and asymptomatic people, and increasing spending on local testing capacity. The state has in the past weeks struggled to increase testing.  Elke Shaw-Telloch, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administrator for public health, said federal officials recommend testing 2% of the population each month