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The longest-running public policy show in the West, Idaho Reports turns a spotlight on the statehouse during the legislative session. Subscribe for regular episodes and bonus content on the important issues affecting all Idahoans. © Idaho Public Television | Idaho State Board of Education, an agency of the State of Idaho
 
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The state’s positivity rate has climbed to eight percent, and the number of confirmed cases with the Delta variant is now at 70, which is more than twice what it was last week. Every one of the state’s public health districts has seen an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive, with the north central region seeing the highest posit…
 
We know that Idahoans ages 18-24 make up 11 percent of Idaho’s population, but people in their late teens and 20s account for the plurality of COVID-19 cases so far during the pandemic, and it isn’t even close. This week, Melissa Davlin discusses efforts to get college students vaccinated with Chris Owens, Associate Vice President of Kasiska Divisi…
 
In the last two weeks, nearly every COVID metric has worsened in Idaho, matching nationwide trends as the Delta variant spreads throughout the country. On Tuesday, officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare told reporters that hospitalizations and new cases continue to increase, and almost every single one of those patients is unvacc…
 
Idaho is growing rapidly, and those growing pains aren't confined to Boise and the Treasure Valley. Last week, Logan Finney spoke with Madison Hardy of the Coeur d'Alene Press to get an update on the state of politics in Kootenai County, from a commissioner who's distancing himself from the local Republican party to a study group that's looking int…
 
Don’t expect lawmakers to come back to Boise to prevent employers from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment. Idaho Senate Republicans announced Friday they would rather work out disagreements without passing new laws, at least for the time being. Last week, three of Idaho’s largest health care providers announced they would require a…
 
Idaho authorities are stressing the need for people to recreate responsibly, as Idaho is already seeing more than double the number of fires than the previous record.“Idaho is experiencing severe drought and unprecedented fire conditions across most of the state,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “Extreme fire conditions are a…
 
Three of Idaho’s largest health care providers announced this week they are requiring employees, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by this fall. In a Friday media call, St. Luke’s President and CEO Chris Roth said nearly 80 percent of St. Luke’s employees are already vaccinated, and with the uptick in cases nationwide rel…
 
Last year, Idaho's three branches of government combined their efforts to address mental and behavioral health issues in the state through the formation of the Behavioral Health Council. Last week, they released a strategic action plan outlining recommendations for 2021-2024. Producer Ruth Brown joins Logan Finney to give an overview of the issues …
 
Sunny Shaw, executive director of the Housing Alliance and Community Partnership in Pocatello, sat down with Idaho Reports to talk about the CDC’s eviction moratorium which will expire at the end of July. The moratorium was issued to help slow the pandemic by keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings like homeless shel…
 
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has announced that Idaho’s laboratories will soon be able to test every positive COVID-19 sample for variants. The news comes as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the nation. So far, Idaho has just one confirmed Delta case, but nationwide, the strain has accounted for 20 percent of new positives…
 
This week, Idaho Voices for Children director Christine Tiddens joins Melissa Davlin to talk about the new KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual report that examines child wellbeing state by state. This year's edition explores how families with children fared during the pandemic and broader trends since the Great Recession. "What we've seen is that the n…
 
As of Friday, half of Idaho adults have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and three fourths of Idahoans ages 65 and older have been fully vaccinated. Nearly 703,000 Idahoans ages 12 and older have received at least one dose.The statewide test positivity rate continues to drop, with 3.6 percent of COVID tests coming back positive las…
 
This week on the Idaho Reports podcast, producer Ruth Brown sits down with Reclaim Idaho co-founder Luke Mayville to discuss his organization's new education funding initiative and their lawsuit against the state over increased ballot initiative requirements. Visit the Idaho Reports blog at http://blog.idahoreports.idahoptv.org to read more about t…
 
The state’s positivity rate, or percent of tests that come back positive, has fallen to 3.9 percent, the lowest Idaho has seen since June 2020. That’s down from a high of 19 percent in December. The seven day moving average incidence rate is also at its lowest point since last summer, at 5.6 cases per 100,000 people, down from a high of 90 in Decem…
 
Governor Brad Little’s actions during the pandemic were the subject of some of the most contentious debates during the legislative session this year. This week, he joins us to give us his take. The Idaho Reports broadcast schedule is ending for the summer, but we're still reporting on the statewide stories that matter to you. Find our reporting on …
 
Idaho hit another grim milestone Friday, surpassing 2,100 deaths due to COVID-19-related causes. As reported on Thursday, 6 of the deaths were people between the ages of 18 and 29, 11 deaths were people in their 30s, and 37 deaths were people in their 40s. The statewide coronavirus test positivity rate increased mildly this week, but continued to h…
 
The statewide incidence rate continues to drop, with the moving 7-day average incidence rate hitting 7.5 cases per 100,000 people. The highest incidence rates in the state are in north and north-central Idaho with Lewis, Clearwater, Shoshone, Kootenai and Idaho counties at the top of the list.The state’s test positivity rate, or percentage of tests…
 
A surprise executive order from Janice McGeachin while she was acting governor and a strongly worded rebuke from Brad Little just gave us a preview of how the coming Republican gubernatorial campaign is going to look. In the midst of headline-grabbing news this week, cities, counties, and homeowners across the state are also trying to wrap their he…
 
In the midst of headline-grabbing news this week, cities, counties, and homeowners across the state are currently trying to wrap their heads around a sweeping new property tax reform law that, among other things, caps local government budget growth, increases the homeowner’s exemption to $125,000, and makes changes to the circuit breaker program. L…
 
New daily cases continue to be much lower than they were most of last year and this winter, with the statewide rolling average 7-day case rate staying steady at 8.7 new cases per 100,000 people. That’s down from a high of 90 in December. Test positivity is also steady at 4.3 percent. But, a few regions have seen notable upticks in the past week. Ac…
 
This last legislative session saw plenty of toussling among Republicans who make up the supermajority in the Idaho legislature. Democrats called it the worst legislative session in Idaho’s history. House Republicans said last week they disagree, hailing transportation funding and income tax cuts as major accomplishments. On Thursday, House Speaker …
 
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated people can safely go without masks this week, some health districts, school districts, and cities across the state are reevaluating their public health advisories and mandates. The status varies by location: Boise lifted its mask order on Friday, while Moscow’s remains in place. B…
 
Clark Corbin of Idaho Capital Sun, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, and Ruth Brown of Idaho Reports discuss an unprecedented end to the record-breaking legislative session, constitutional uncertainties surrounding an indefinite recess, and tensions between the House and the Senate, as well as the scheduled execution of Gerald Pizzuto Jr.…
 
A school shooting in eastern Idaho puts the debate over arming teachers and staff into sharp focus. Plus, property taxes, public school and higher education budgets, and another swing at the governor’s executive powers.This week, Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press and Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press discuss the legislature’s slow approach to ad…
 
This week, Idaho reached 188,788 COVID-19 cases and 2,061 related deaths statewide.New cases continue to fall, with the statewide daily 7-day moving average case rate of 8.8 dropping below 10 new cases per 100,000 people for the first time in nearly a year. The state’s test positivity rate, or percentage of tests that come back positive, remained r…
 
The COVID-19 case rate has dropped in nearly every part of the state, with all of Idaho’s 44 counties now boasting a 7-day rolling average case rate below 20 cases per one hundred thousand people. Last week, 4.3 percent of COVID tests performed in Idaho came back positive. That’s the lowest positivity rate Idaho has seen since June. But variants co…
 
New COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Idaho, with the seven day rolling average case rate falling below 25 cases per 100,000 people in all of Idaho’s 44 counties for the first time in several months. The state’s test positivity rate, or percentage of COVID tests that come back positive, remains at 4.7 percent. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions r…
 
We are now more than one hundred days into the legislative session, with major budget bills still hanging in the balance. After weeks of discussion about critical race theory in Idaho classrooms, are lawmakers any closer to a compromise?This week, Hayat Norimine of the Idaho Statesman, Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun, and James Dawson of Bois…
 
On Friday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 212 new cases and 2 new deaths for a statewide total of 184,769 known cases and 2,017 deaths.State health officials have set a vaccination goal of 80 percent of Idaho’s population by September. Anyone over the age of 16 is currently eligible for a vaccine, and state epidemiologist Dr. C…
 
This week, the House and Senate continued to have different ideas about an adjournment timeline. On Friday afternoon, Governor Brad Little announced he will veto a pair of bills meant to trim the governor's emergency powers and hand oversight to the legislature. Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News join to disc…
 
On Thursday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 210 new cases and 9 new deaths, for a statewide total of 184,557 known cases and 2,015 deaths.As of Thursday, 555,330 people in Idaho have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 389,083 are fully vaccinated. The state has administered 913,106 doses so far.Starting next week, Ida…
 
On Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 437 new cases and 6 new deaths for a statewide total of 184,347 known cases and 2,006 deaths.Starting next week, Idaho Reports will transition to weekly COVID-19 updates every Friday rather than daily updates.A bill prohibiting face mask mandates made it out of the Idaho House of Rep…
 
On Tuesday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 219 new cases of coronavirus and 4 new deaths due to COVID-19-related causes. The statewide case count is 183,910 and the death toll hit a grim milestone of 2,000 people dead.Idaho will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, after recommendations from the CD…
 
On Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 317 new cases and 3 new deaths. That brings the statewide total to 183,691 cases and 1,996 deaths.Eastern Idaho and Wood River Valley have the highest 7-day rolling average case rate, with Madison, Jefferson, Blaine, Bonneville and Caribou Counties all experiencing a high number of case…
 
On Friday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 312 new cases of coronavirus and 4 new deaths. That puts the statewide total at 183,153 and the death toll at 1,993. An estimated 102,697 Idahoans have recovered from the disease.As of Friday, the state reports that 518,450 people had received at least one vaccine dose and 345,288 peopl…
 
The legislature returned from a two and a half week recess on Tuesday, and didn’t waste any time picking up their debates. This week, Senate Assistant Minority Leader Grant Burgoyne gives his take on end-of-session negotiations and the future of property tax policy, and Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder updates us on talks between the House and…
 
Idaho Senate Assistant Minority Leader Grant Burgoyne sat down with Melissa Davlin on Friday to give his take on end-of-session negotiations, from the future of property tax policy to transportation needs and funding sources, and what the legislature needs to get done before heading home.Por Idaho Public Television
 
On Friday, Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder joined Melissa Davin to talk about end-of-session negotiations between the House and Senate, what additional work the joint budget committee has in front of it, and what we can expect from the Senate on transportation and taxes. After the interview, the Senate passed a bill 25-10 regarding the …
 
On Thursday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 310 new cases of coronavirus and 9 new deaths due to COVID-19-related causes. The statewide case count is 182,841 and the death toll is 1,989.Statewide, all people age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Your local public health district or covidvaccine.idaho.gov c…
 
On Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 349 new cases and 6 new deaths due to COVID-19-related causes. The statewide case count is 182,531 and the death toll stands at 1,980. Gov. Brad Little announced the signature of an executive order on Wednesday banning any Idaho governmental entity from requiring so-called “vaccine p…
 
On Tuesday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 346 new cases and 2 new deaths. That brings the statewide total to 182,182 cases and 1,974 deaths.Of the 95 variant cases detected in Idaho, four percent have resulted in hospitalizations and one percent in death, according to a Health and Welfare press briefing this afternoon. Epidemi…
 
On Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 337 new cases and 4 new deaths. That brings the statewide total to 181,836 cases and 1,972 deaths.More than 484,000 Idahoans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with nearly 312,000 Idahoans fully vaccinated. Eastern Idaho continues to have the highest case rates in the state…
 
On Friday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 284 new cases and 3 new deaths. That brings the statewide total to 181,181 cases and 1,966 deaths.Starting Monday, all Idahoans over 16 are eligible for the COVID vaccine, though health districts have removed restrictions earlier. You can pre-register and get a call back for appointment…
 
When the legislature comes back from its COVID-induced recess on April 6th, there are a number of big issues left to address. One that has prompted a lot of discussion in the legislature and the community is the budget for Idaho’s higher education institutes, after several conservative House members expressed concern and anger over so-called social…
 
What's left on the legislature's plate as lawmakers return from their COVID recess next week? A contentious higher ed budget, and lingering questions about property taxes.This week, Sen. Carl Crabtree gives us his take on the higher education debate in the legislature, and Sen. Ali Rabe discusses the housing crisis in Idaho’s most populated areas.N…
 
On Thursday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 361 new coronavirus cases and 1 new death. That brings the statewide case count to 180,897 and the death count to 1,963.Eastern Idaho Public Health announced today that they are opening up vaccine eligibility for anyone age 16 and older. That means six of Idaho’s seven public health d…
 
On Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 460 new cases and 5 new deaths due to COVID-19-related causes. That brings the statewide case count to 180,536 and the death toll to 1,962.So far, more than 447,000 people in Idaho have received at least one dose of the vaccine as providers urge others to sign up. Some health distric…
 
Today, Central District Health and Southeastern Idaho Public Health District announced they have opened up vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older. Previously, the Panhandle Health District and North Central District Health had opened up eligibility to the general population, meaning anyone who lives north of Riggins can get vaccinated. In the r…
 
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