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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.


The Supreme Court voted 6-3 that presidents are immune from prosecution for performing

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

SCOTUS presidential immunity decision puts democracy in peril, critic says

A U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity from prosecution is raising concerns about the power of the executive branch - and the future …

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AARP awarded the city of Marsing, on the Snake River, $15,000 to install an outdoor fitness court. (Cameron/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

AARP grants of $49,000 support rural ID communities, housing

AARP has selected four projects in Idaho to receive $49,000 in grants. The projects were chosen by the organization's annual Community Challenge …

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Farmworkers laboring in extreme heat are at risk of heatstroke or even death. (F Armstrong Photo/Adobe Stock)
Biden administration's proposed heat rules would protect ID farmworkers

The Biden administration is proposing rules to protect workers from extreme heat. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said its …

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Suction dredge mining can have damaging impacts on rivers and other bodies of water. (nordroden/Adobe Stock)
SCOTUS turns down river dredge mining in ID without permit

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court protects Idaho rivers from what conservation groups say are harmful mining practices. The justices rejected a …

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The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was rolled out nationwide in July 2022. (7N23/Adobe Stock)
Report: States can improve 988 crisis line

A new report examines the rollout of the 988 mental-health crisis line in each state, including Idaho. The national three-digit 988 Suicide and …

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More wind generation has been coming online in Idaho in recent years. (Oleg Kovtun/Adobe Stock)
ID poll: Clean energy production, preserving nature compatible goals

A new poll shows Idahoans support the development of more clean energy in the state. In February, 500 likely Idaho voters were surveyed. Jillian …

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The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal in an abortion case from Idaho, making the procedure still available in emergency situations. (Jude/Adobe Stock)
SCOTUS decision in ID case allows emergency abortions – for now

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday will allow for abortions in emergency situations in Idaho - for now. The justices said they were …

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The Middle Fork of the Salmon River was one of the first rivers protected as Wild and Scenic by the federal government in 1968. (NorthwestWildImages/Adobe Stock)
As Rivers Month wraps up, action still needed to protect ID rivers

National Rivers Month comes to an end this week and conservation groups said it is a reminder more action is needed to protect Idaho's rivers…

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The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in central Idaho was established a century ago in 1924. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)
ID recreation economy in focus during Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month, which underscores the importance of outdoor recreation in Idaho. As temperatures warm up, people are enjoying nature…

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The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Idaho high in the family and community category, at fourth best in the nation. (Vadim Sofin/Adobe Stock)
Report:ID ranks high in child well-being, education still concern

Idaho ranks 13th in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book measures how well states are …

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Nearly $13 million in food benefits would have been distributed to Idaho families if the state had signed up for the Summer EBT program. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
Without summer food aid, ID families' options limited

Thirty-seven states have signed up for summer meal dollars for kids. Idaho is not among them. The Department of Agriculture's Summer Electronic …

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The U.S. Forest Service received 275 public objections to its management plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. (pmilota/Adobe Stock)
Conservation coalition: Management plan would 'degrade' ID, MT forests

A coalition of groups are criticizing plans for managing about 4 million acres of national forest lands in Idaho and Montana. Conservation groups in …

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