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30 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 after religious revival in Idaho Falls

Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted Jun 4th - 5:44pm

At least 30 people who attended a religious revival in Idaho Falls have been diagnosed with or are suspected to have COVID-19.

COVID: Washington unemployment fraud might be $650 million

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:43pm

Washington officials said Thursday they believe they have recovered about half of the hundreds of millions in unemployment benefits paid to criminals who used stolen identities to file claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

Portland, Oregon, city of protest, reels from nightly chaos

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 4:08pm

This liberal city is known — and prepared — for protests that can descend into chaos, but even it is reeling from the nightly unrest splintering off peaceful demonstrations over police killings of African Americans. Portland's visibly frustrated police chief on Wednesday pleaded for people to help stop those “holding our city with violence.”

With wins in 7 states and DC, Biden closes in on nomination

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 11:52pm

waiting in line hours after polls closed in some cases — after election officials dramatically reduced the number of in-person voting sites to minimize the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 7:02pm

In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across America.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 3:40am

New numbers released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare show that more than 60% of Idaho’s coronavirus-related deaths are among residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said that so far nearly 290 people at 25 long-term care facilities have contracted COVID-19. Of them, 52 people have died. That's well over half of the 83 coronavirus deaths recorded in Idaho so far. The state had previously refused to reveal facility-specific case numbers during the public health crisis. The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise warned last week that it would sue unless the records were released. 

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 1:20am

New numbers released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare show that more than 60% of Idaho’s coronavirus-related deaths are among residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said that so far nearly 290 people at 25 long-term care facilities have contracted COVID-19. Of them, 52 people have died. That's well over half of the 83 coronavirus deaths recorded in Idaho so far. The state had previously refused to reveal facility-specific case numbers during the public health crisis. The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise warned last week that it would sue unless the records were released. 

Idaho offers $1,500 bonus for people to return to work

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:55pm

Idaho residents on unemployment could receive a one-time bonus of up to $1,500 to return to work under a plan Gov. Brad Little announced Friday.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 3:20am

New numbers released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare show that more than 60% of Idaho’s coronavirus-related deaths are among residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said that so far nearly 290 people at 25 long-term care facilities have contracted COVID-19. Of them, 52 people have died. That's well over half of the 83 coronavirus deaths recorded in Idaho so far. The state had previously refused to reveal facility-specific case numbers during the public health crisis. The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise warned last week that it would sue unless the records were released. 

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 1:40am

New numbers released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare show that more than 60% of Idaho’s coronavirus-related deaths are among residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said that so far nearly 290 people at 25 long-term care facilities have contracted COVID-19. Of them, 52 people have died. That's well over half of the 83 coronavirus deaths recorded in Idaho so far. The state had previously refused to reveal facility-specific case numbers during the public health crisis. The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise warned last week that it would sue unless the records were released. 

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 3:20am

Federal officials say a northern Idaho county has a drug-trafficking problem and is being included in a regional network that will help with a crackdown. The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on Thursday designated Kootenai County as part of the Idaho/Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Authorities say drug traffickers transporting marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs use Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 95 to transport drugs. Idaho State Police say the area has had the most illegal drug seizures in Idaho in recent years. Ada, Canyon and Bannock counties in Idaho are already part of the regional network.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:40am

Federal officials say a northern Idaho county has a drug-trafficking problem and is being included in a regional network that will help with a crackdown. The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on Thursday designated Kootenai County as part of the Idaho/Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Authorities say drug traffickers transporting marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs use Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 95 to transport drugs. Idaho State Police say the area has had the most illegal drug seizures in Idaho in recent years. Ada, Canyon and Bannock counties in Idaho are already part of the regional network.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 3:20am

Thousands of people attended a vigil in front of the Idaho Statehouse in Boise to protest the killing of George Floyd in a largely peaceful demonstration. Organizers of the Black Lives Matter Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday evening said the intention was to remember black Americans killed in recent years, many by police. Similar but smaller gatherings took place in other parts of the state, including Ketchum, Hailey, Twin Falls, Sandpoint, Idaho Falls and Rexburg. After the vigil in Boise ended about 10 p.m., tensions rose between protesters and counter-protesters. But police reported no arrests, injuries or damage to property in the area.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:40am

Thousands of people attended a vigil in front of the Idaho Statehouse in Boise to protest the killing of George Floyd in a largely peaceful demonstration. Organizers of the Black Lives Matter Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday evening said the intention was to remember black Americans killed in recent years, many by police. Similar but smaller gatherings took place in other parts of the state, including Ketchum, Hailey, Twin Falls, Sandpoint, Idaho Falls and Rexburg. After the vigil in Boise ended about 10 p.m., tensions rose between protesters and counter-protesters. But police reported no arrests, injuries or damage to property in the area.

The Latest: Fulcher wins 1st District GOP primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 9:31pm

The Latest on Idaho's primary election (all times local):

Paulette Jordan wins Democratic Senate primary in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 9:27pm

Paulette Jordan wins Democratic Senate primary in Idaho.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:20am

Idaho is holding its first mail-in primary because of the coronavirus pandemic, and a federal court ruling is allowing voters an extra week to request ballots. What effect that has on who will be on the November ballot will be made clear late Tuesday when officials start releasing results. Former 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paulette Jordan of Plummer is running against former congressional candidate Jim Vandermaas for a chance to challenge Republican Sen. Jim Risch in November. Jordan garnered national attention in 2018 when she sought to become the first Native American governor in the United States.    

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 1:40am

Idaho is holding its first mail-in primary because of the coronavirus pandemic, and a federal court ruling is allowing voters an extra week to request ballots. What effect that has on who will be on the November ballot will be made clear late Tuesday when officials start releasing results. Former 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paulette Jordan of Plummer is running against former congressional candidate Jim Vandermaas for a chance to challenge Republican Sen. Jim Risch in November. Jordan garnered national attention in 2018 when she sought to become the first Native American governor in the United States.    

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 3:20am

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Sunday ordered a statewide activation of the National Guard following vandalism and theft in stores and shopping malls in multiple cities after protests over the killing of George Floyd. Inslee had previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue. On Saturday night people smashed downtown Seattle store fronts and stole items from many businesses, tossing mannequins into the street. On Sunday there were thefts in stores and shopping malls in Bellevue, Spokane, Tukwila and Renton. Portland, Oregon, also again saw large rallies, and police used tear gas to disperse crowds.