New report highlights mothers’ views on community support
Idaho Reports
by melissadavlin
1w ago
On this week’s Idaho Reports, Shannon McGuire of Spark! Strategic Solutions shares findings from a new report, “Built With Care: Unifying Communities Through Motherhood,” which examines Idaho mothers’ views on community support. Among the findings: Idaho mothers are more likely than mothers nationwide to say it’s very difficult to access mental health services, affordable childcare, and high-quality healthcare. Idaho mothers are also more likely to say it’s very easy to access stores with fresh produce, as well as public parks and recreation. Mothers who feel a stronger connection to their c ..read more
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on bathroom bill 
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by ruthbrowniptv
1w ago
Attorney Peter Renn argued on behalf of Roe on Thursday before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. (Screen capture) By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in Pasadena, Calif., regarding an Idaho law that would prevent transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.   The Idaho Legislature passed SB 1100 in 2023. In the lawsuit Roe v Critchfield, the lower court declined to issue an injunction in the case, meaning it would go into effect. The lower court did not believe the plaintiffs would prevail, i ..read more
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Fake calls issued against Winder campaign
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by ruthbrowniptv
1w ago
Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise   By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Fraudulent campaign calls about immigration policy targeting Senate President Pro Tempore Chuck Winder were spread to constituents over the weekend, using what the Senate Majority Caucus called “deceptive and unethical tactics to mislead voters.”   “This call, crafted by an out-of-state group, was disseminated to constituents in Senator Winder’s district, spreading fabricated statements with the intent to manipulate voter perception ahead of the primary election,” according to a Monday news release. “The ease with w ..read more
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Adams to serve as new IDHW director
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by melissadavlin
1w ago
By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Alex Adams will serve as the new director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare starting on June 5. Adams has served as the administrator Division of Financial Management since Gov. Brad Little first took office in January 2019. He also briefly served as the interim director of the Idaho Charter School Commission from August 2023 to January 2024. Before that, Adams was the executive director of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.  Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron has served as interim director for IDHW since December, when Dave J ..read more
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Idaho Reports ‘best blog’ at Idaho Press Club awards
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by Idaho Public Television
1w ago
Congratulations to all Idaho Public Television staff who brought home accolades from the Idaho Press Club “Best of 2023” Awards, including the Idaho Reports crew for earning “Best Blog” with this site for the second year in a row. The full awards list can be found here. BEST BLOG 1st – Ruth Brown, Logan Finney, Melissa Davlin – Idaho Reports GOVERNMENT / POLITICAL REPORT – TV, DIVISION A 1st – Melissa Davlin, Morgan McCollum, Ruth Brown, Logan Finney – Greater Idaho, Move Oregon’s Border PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM – TV, STUDIO, DIVISION A 3rd – Melissa Davlin, Morgan McCollum, Ruth Brown, Logan F ..read more
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State Street buyers: unconstitutional budgets ‘cannot amend a statute’
Idaho Reports
by Logan Finney
2w ago
by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The developers who had all but purchased the site of the former Idaho Transportation Department property in downtown Boise have sued the state. The legal action alleges lawmakers violated the state constitution by including policy language to block the property sale in a pair of budget bills. The lawsuit, filed by Hawkins Companies, Pacific West Communities, and FJ Management, says sections of budget language revoking the authority to dispose of the land violate the constitutional requirement that bills address one unified subject. Their argument hinges on Idaho ..read more
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Preston library restricts public access after library law passage
Idaho Reports
by Logan Finney
2w ago
A Meridian Library supporter protests before an Ada County Commission hearing on a petition to dissolve the Meridian Library District on February 21, 2023. (Morgan McCollum/Idaho Reports) by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Larsen-Sant Public Library in Preston will temporarily restrict public access to its building starting Monday in response to a new law that opens libraries to lawsuits if minors access inappropriate content on the shelves. “In order to comply with House Bill 710 we are closing the library to the public. However our drive up window will still be available for our usual hours ..read more
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State of Idaho appeals disclosure of execution chemical information 
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by ruthbrowniptv
2w ago
(Ekaterina Bolovtsova /Pexels) By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Attorney General’s Office hopes to appeal a March decision from Idaho U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill that requires the Idaho Department of Corrections to disclose some information about where it recently obtained execution chemicals.  Gerald Pizzuto Jr. filed a lawsuit against IDOC in 2021, asking the state not to execute him with pentobarbital due to his multiple medical conditions. He claimed it would cause severe pain and constitute cruel and unusual punishment.    On Monday, the state ..read more
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SCOTUS hears arguments on Idaho abortion law 
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by ruthbrowniptv
3w ago
U.S. Supreme Court(Melissa Davlin/Idaho Reports) By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit between the U.S. Department of Justice and the state over Idaho’s abortion laws debating the current legality of stabilizing women in need of emergent care.  The DOJ sued the state in 2022 after Idaho’s abortion ban went into place, following the overturning of Roe v Wade, saying the strict regulation could put the life of a mother in danger. The DOJ cited the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA, which is a federal law requirin ..read more
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Vocational Rehabilitation predicts waitlists, other issues due to budget shortfall
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by ruthbrowniptv
3w ago
(Logan Finney/Idaho Reports)   By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The administrator of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation said the division’s budgeting issues may lead to waitlists for services and programs for Idahoans with disabilities, as well as administrative problems for councils and commissions that receive funding through the division.   During an Idaho State Rehabilitation Council meeting on Tuesday, administrator Jane Donellan said she expects a budget shortfall in fiscal year 2025. Donellan explained to the council that its case management system did not align ..read more
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