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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 31st - 11:20am

Dozens of people were arrested in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, as protests over the killing of George Floyd turned violent, with looters smashing up storefronts and mayors in both cities again issuing curfew orders for Sunday evening. Police in Seattle arrested at least 27 people Saturday on charges such as assault and looting while Portland police arrested 48 people after downtown storefronts were vandalized and fires were set. Seattle had a 5 p.m. curfew Saturday and Portland’s was 8 p.m. Those curfews for the entire cities will remain in place for Sunday, officials said. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee dispatched the National Guard to the state's largest city to help maintain order.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 31st - 7:40am

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.

The Latest: Portland police arrest more than 30

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 31st - 12:24am

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  |  Updated May 30th - 9:40pm

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  |  Updated May 30th - 9:20pm

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 29th - 9:40pm

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  |  Updated May 29th - 9:20pm

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.

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Updated May 29th - 2:36pm

A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here.

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 28th - 9:40pm

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  |  Updated May 28th - 9:20pm

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. 

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Rachel La Corte, Associated Press  |  Updated May 28th - 5:12pm

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  |  Updated May 28th - 2:59pm

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  |  Updated May 28th - 12:23pm

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 27th - 9:40pm

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  |  Updated May 27th - 9:20pm

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. 

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 26th - 9:40pm

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 26th - 9:20pm

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.