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Friend discusses mysterious deaths, an earthquake, confronting Chad and Lori and her message for them now

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 29th - 7:22am

It was Oct. 19, 2019. Melanie Gibb was in Arizona when she received a text message from a friend who had learned on social media that Tammy Daybell had died.

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.

The Latest: Portland police: Assembly unlawful, 1 arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 4:40pm

The Latest on protests in the Northwest sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis (all times local):

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 3:40am

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a 5 p.m. curfew for the entire city Saturday and Washingon Gov. Jay Inslee activated the National Guard after rioters torched police vehicles and spilled onto Interstate 5, forcing the freeway’s temporary closure through the central part of the Northwest’s largest city. Thousands of people had gathered peacefully in the rain to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but some later broke windows, tagged buildings and set fires. Police at times deployed flash bangs to disperse crowds and pepper-sprayed demonstrators who got close to police lines. Although many dispersed dozens remained downtown after curfew setting fires and breaking into retail stores while police fired gas and arrested at least one person.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 1:20am

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a 5 p.m. curfew for the entire city Saturday and Washingon Gov. Jay Inslee activated the National Guard after rioters torched police vehicles and spilled onto Interstate 5, forcing the freeway’s temporary closure through the central part of the Northwest’s largest city. Thousands of people had gathered peacefully in the rain to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but some later broke windows, tagged buildings and set fires. Police at times deployed flash bangs to disperse crowds and pepper-sprayed demonstrators who got close to police lines. Although many dispersed dozens remained downtown after curfew setting fires and breaking into retail stores while police fired gas and arrested at least one person.

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

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

New data shows a recent spike in coronavirus cases has hit Latinos in rural Idaho, an already disproportionately affected community that makes up a third of the state’s cases where the race is known. The Idaho Statesman reported that data collected from all seven Idaho public health districts has shown a majority of the people who have contracted the coronavirus in multiple Magic Valley counties are Latino. Lincoln County had the highest percentage in the Magic Valley region, with Latinos making up 78% of the county’s 33 COVID-19 cases. The data says outbreaks in food processing plants may be driving the increasing cases.

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

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

New data shows a recent spike in coronavirus cases has hit Latinos in rural Idaho, an already disproportionately affected community that makes up a third of the state’s cases where the race is known. The Idaho Statesman reported that data collected from all seven Idaho public health districts has shown a majority of the people who have contracted the coronavirus in multiple Magic Valley counties are Latino. Lincoln County had the highest percentage in the Magic Valley region, with Latinos making up 78% of the county’s 33 COVID-19 cases. The data says outbreaks in food processing plants may be driving the increasing cases.

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.