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CO families must sign up to get $120 per child for food through Summer EBT; No Jurors Picked on First Day of Trump's Manhattan Criminal Trial; virtual ballot goes live to inform Hoosiers; It's National Healthcare Decisions Day.

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Former president Trump's hush money trial begins. Indigenous communities call on the U.N. to shut down a hazardous pipeline. And SCOTUS will hear oral arguments about whether prosecutors overstepped when charging January 6th insurrectionists.

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Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.


Turnover of election officials has been lower in smaller jurisdictions over the past two decades. (MyPhotoBuddy/Adobe Stock)

Monday, April 15, 2024

Steady increase in election staff changes over past two decades, report finds

A new report dives into election official turnover during more than two decades. It says rates have increased steadily nationwide since 2000…

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Idaho's municipal elections are held in odd-numbered years. (Lane Erickson/Adobe Stock)
ID could boost local election turnout with timing change

A trio of mountain west states has similar politics and geography, but one far outpaces its neighbors in voter turnout. Voting numbers in Wyoming are …

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Call for more inclusive coverage during Sexual Assault Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Advocates for sexual assault survivors in Idaho and across the country are pushing for a more …

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Lewiston is at the Washington border where the Snake River enters Idaho. (Nadia/Adobe Stock)
Snake River dams' clean energy claims questioned

A new report found four dams in the Columbia River Basin are big emitters of methane. Research from the organization Tell The Dam Truth showed the …

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There are about 200 grizzly bears in Idaho. (tomreichner/Adobe Stock)
Fed judge's wolf trapping decision could help ID grizzly recovery

A federal court ruling that limits wolf trapping and snaring in Idaho could aid recovery of grizzly bears in the region. U.S. Judge Candy Dale …

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Idaho lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up the 2024 legislative session soon. (Wissam/Adobe Stock)
ID anti-DEI bill in higher ed could have 'ripple effects' for state

Idaho lawmakers are considering a measure that would eliminate diversity, equity and inclusion programs on college campuses. Critics say it could …

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Gathering signatures for ballot measures can be hard during the snowy winter months. (MAriusz/Adobe Stock)
ID bill could add restrictions to ballot initiative process

Idaho lawmakers are once again looking to change the ballot initiative process in the state. With a little more than a week left in the session…

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Mental health treatment is rare in jails and prisons, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (eddows/Adobe Stock)
Criminal Justice Month: Alternatives to incarceration for mental health issues

March is National Criminal Justice Month and advocacy groups are drawing attention to how people with mental illness are overrepresented in jails and …

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The language used in scientific disciplines can be a barrier to comprehension. (georgeburba/Adobe Stock)
ID student-led program helps Spanish speakers access science

A student-led program at Boise State University is helping make science more accessible for Spanish speakers. Project Scientia provides Spanish …

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The grizzly bear population has made great strides in the region near Yellowstone National Park. (natureguy/Adobe Stock)
Feds propose plan to return grizzlies in ID's Bitterroots

Grizzly bears could make a comeback in Idaho's Bitterroots under proposed plans from the federal government. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has …

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The nonnative quagga mussel has been found in the Snake River. (Cavan/Adobe Stock)
Invasive Species Week sheds light on ID landscape impact

It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and plants and critters not native to the Northwest are wreaking havoc on some landscapes, including …

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Nearly 16% of Idaho youth surveyed said they have experienced physical dating violence. (Waseem Ali Khan/Adobe Stock)
Promoting 'welcoming communities' key to preventing teen dating violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and young people often find it hard to navigate experiences of harm…

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