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

By The Associated Press | Updated - May 19, 2020 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - May 19, 2020 at 1:40 a.m.



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little’s desire to make a significant course change involving a politically charged strategy on how to invest millions of dollars to benefit public schools and other beneficiaries has been rejected by his fellow members on the Idaho Land Board. Little’s motion to permanently move $50 million from a fund intended to buy timberland into market investments on Tuesday failed to get a second and died. The state buying timberland has drawn fierce opposition from timber companies that complain they can’t compete against the state. County commissioners have also complained that counties lose property tax revenue when the state buys land.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — County election workers across Idaho were bustling for the state primary Tuesday morning, but the tasks were far from the usual routine. Instead, staffers were checking on last-minute requests for ballots and keeping track of returned ballots as Idaho shifts to its first-ever entirely mail-in primary amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 334,000 ballots have been sent out or requested statewide according to numbers from the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, and more than 131,000 of those have been returned. That’s dramatically higher than the 2016 primary, when nearly 25,000 Idaho citizens voted in advance.

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.

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.

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