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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

This billboard has drawn criticism from the Idaho Democratic Party because it omits information about the March 22 Democratic primary. (Idaho Democratic Party)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Democratic Party is crying foul, because 22 billboards put up across the state by the Secretary of State's office only mentions the March 8 presidential primary, which is solely for the Republican and Constitution parties. The signs do not list the March 22 Democrati

The Idaho Democratic Caucus is making some changes this year. (vepar5/iStockphotos)

BOISE, Idaho - With the Iowa caucuses fresh in people's minds the Democratic Party is making some big changes in the Idaho presidential caucus. The changes are designed to increase the state's influence and raise the number of people who attend the caucus. The Democratic National Committee has aw

The most caring city in America? A new national ranking says it's Boise. (knowlesgallery/iStock)

BOISE, Idaho - After a month of headlines critical of its shutdown of the Cooper Court homeless encampment, a new report may be the closest thing to redemption for Boise. The group WalletHub has ranked Idaho's capital the "Most Caring City in America." The group said it rated the country's 100 bigg

A campaign to tax cigarettes more in order to lower college tuition costs in Idaho launches today. Credit: www.stoptuitionhikes.com

BOISE, Idaho - A group calling itself Stop Tuition Hikes.com launches a petition drive today to put a measure on the ballot that would raise Idaho cigarette taxes $1.25 a pack, and use the money to send more kids to college. Supporters of the initiative note that tuition rates have soared in recen

PHOTO: Attendees at a previous Idaho Hunger Summit. Courtesy of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force.

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security will set an attendance record this week. It begins Tuesday and has been sold out for a week. The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force sponsors the event. Jeanne Liston is executive director of the Blaine County Hunger Coalition, a member of the

PHOTO: Lauren Necochea, director of Idaho KIDS COUNT.

BOISE, Idaho - Merit pay is a hotly-debated issue for Idaho public school teachers. The idea, expressed in Proposition 2 on the November ballot, is to pay teachers bonuses if student test scores improve. Idaho KIDS COUNT issued a review today that looks at available research based on the results of

BOISE, Idaho - About 400 Idaho Education Association delegates are meeting today and Saturday at the Boise Centre for their annual assembly, which marks the organization's 120th "birthday." The delegates will hear from a variety of speakers on education issues and will start setting the IEA's goals

BOISE, Idaho - A "sticky situation" is guaranteed to arise at the Idaho Statehouse this year, as volunteers are standing by with hundreds of sticky notes to post on doors. The notes ask that Idaho's Human Rights Law be updated to include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and

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