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Health Sep 07Idaho enacts crisis hospital care standards amid COVID surge
The activation includes 10 hospitals and healthcare systems in Idaho's panhandle and north-central Idaho. The move allows hospitals to allot scarce resources like intensive care unit rooms to those most likely to survive.
Health Sep 03Idaho hospitals nearly buckling in relentless COVID surge
Intensive care beds are full of unvaccinated coronavirus patients at a hospital in Boise, Idaho, and doctors are bracing for the need to conserve scarce resources for the patients most likely to survive.
Nation Apr 29Idaho lawmaker accused of rape resigns after ethics ruling
The investigation into Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger began in March. A young staffer reported he raped her in his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant. Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintains he had consensual…
Health Oct 23Regions throughout the U.S. in crisis as country nears high for COVID-19 cases
The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign of the disease’s grip on the nation. The surge’s impact is being felt in every section of the country.
Nation Oct 02Voting nearly impossible for eligible voters behind bars
Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in U.S. jails have the right to vote. But a new report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to ballots…
Nation Jul 29Federal court to review ‘protest bans’ in Portland arrests
The protest bans, first reported by ProPublica, were included in at least a dozen cases — most of them involving misdemeanor charges of failing to obey a lawful order.
Economy Jun 24U.S. inmates got virus relief checks, and IRS wants them back
An IRS spokesman says the agency is relying on the unrelated Social Security Act, which bans incarcerated people from receiving some types of benefit payments.
Nation May 11New U.S. plans reimagine fighting wildfires amid virus risks
New plans offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews.
Nation Apr 09Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires
They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters will be summoned to work in close quarters for…
Health Mar 27Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho
A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has the highest per-capita rate of confirmed coronavirus infections in America outside of New York City and its surrounding…