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By The Associated Press | Updated - May 18, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. | Posted - May 18, 2020 at 3:20 a.m.



DEPUTY DIES-HIT BY CAR

Deputy dies after he was struck by another deputy's vehicle

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho say a sheriff’s deputy was hit and killed by another deputy when both were responding to a crash early Monday morning. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement that the accident happened when the deputies were responding to the scene of a rollover vehicle crash before sunrise on Monday. The first deputies at the scene were trying to talk to a woman who was involved in the initial crash when another deputy arrived in his vehicle, striking one of the deputies in the group. The deputy who was struck died of his injuries a short time later. The Idaho State Police is investigating.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-IDAHO

Self-employed Idaho residents can tap virus rescue money

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little says self-employed Idaho residents can tap into the $300 million in grant money the state has set aside to help small businesses financially harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor announced Monday the expansion of who can get the grant money that's from the $1.25 billion it received in federal funding. Those seeking the $7,500 grants must earn at least 50% of their income from self-employed work. About 2,600 businesses with up to 19 employees applied for grants of $10,000 last week, and businesses with up to 50 employees are applying this week.

MOUNT ST. HELENS-ANNIVERSARY

Virus interrupts St. Helens eruption anniversary plans

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted what had been big plans to mark the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The peak in the Cascade Mountain Range blew its top on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top of the mountain and raining volcanic ash around for hundreds of miles. But there will be no public observances at the volcano on Monday. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the main highway into the national volcanic monument is closed due to COVID-19 and the multiple visitor centers and museums that had planned remembrances are also shuttered.

INFANT DEATH-MOM CHARGED

Idaho mom charged with murder after infant's death

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her infant son. Paramedics were called to a home in Meridian last week for a 2 month-old boy who was unresponsive and later died of his injuries. Twenty-six-year-old Danielle Radue of Meridian was charged with first-degree murder on Friday. She has not yet had a chance to enter a plea and her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment. Police did not release the child’s name nor any details about his injuries.

YELLOWSTONE REOPENS

Yellowstone National Park partially reopens for day use

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourists are being allowed back into Yellowstone National Park for the first time in nearly two months. The Billings Gazette reports that vehicles were lined up Monday morning at the park's east entrance near Cody, Wyoming, to be the first inside as coronavirus restrictions eased. Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly says some people camped overnight and others arrived as early as 6 a.m. Only the park's two Wyoming entrances are open for day use: the east entrance and the south entrance near Jackson. The park's three Montana entrances remain closed. Yellowstone officials say visitors will be restricted to the park's lower loop, which includes Old Faithful.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-OREGON

Judge rules that Oregon virus restrictions are invalid

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge in rural Oregon has tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled Monday in a lawsuit brought by 10 churches that said the social-distancing directives were unconstitutional. The suit had also argued that emergency powers only last for a month and after that Brown would have needed legislative approval. Brown appealed the ruling with the state Supreme Court within hours, but the judge has declined to stay the order while awaiting that decision.

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