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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: Civil Rights

A federal judge struck down Idaho's ag-gag law, which cracks down on whistleblowers who reveal conditions for animals at agricultural facilities. (Stephane Mignon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- When a district court threw out Idaho's "ag-gag" law, the state appealed the ruling - and that case is still in court. Oral arguments in the federal appeals case are expected in April over the Idaho law that makes it illegal for food-safety and animal-rights activists to gain emplo

Idaho legislators hold their second work-group meeting on religious exemption laws and faith healing Oct. 10 at the State Capitol. (JSquish/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers once again take up the religious exemption law this month. It's hard to say how many children have died as a result of Idaho's faith-healing exemption, but a 2015 governor's task force found more than 30 percent of graves between 2002 and 2011 in the Followers

Researchers who looked at more than 500,000 military casualties found U.S. troops from low-income areas have more limited access to health services. (Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – The scars of war might be deeper for soldiers who come from poorer areas of the country, according to a new study. Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota and Douglas Kriner from the University of Boston looked at more than 500,000 American combat casualties since World Wa

PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus

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

BOISE, Idaho - Boise is an unlikely hot spot in the BP oil spill controversy this week. Idaho's capital was randomly selected as host city for a public meeting of a federal panel that will decide how the more than 150 civil cases filed so far will be handled. It is likely cases will be consolidated

BOISE, Idaho - A yearly tally of state prison populations shows that, nationwide, numbers are lower than the previous year for the first time since 1972 - but not in Idaho. The number of inmates in state prisons at the beginning of this year was 0.4 percent lower nationally than in 2009; about 5,000

Boise, ID – A little something has been missing from Idaho women's paychecks – and it amounts to a 40 percent dent in salaries. According to statistics quoted by the Idaho Women's Network (IWN), the state's female workers earn only 62 cents for every dollar a man earns in the same job wi

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