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State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, listens as an alleged victim, identified as Jane Doe, offers testimony during a hearing before the Idaho Ethics and House Policy Committee on April 28, 2021. Von Ehlinger was before the committee to face sexual misconduct allegations with a 19-year-old volunteer staff member during the current legislative session. CRDIT: Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP

Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger Resigns After Ethics Committee Recommends Suspension

Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from the Legislature Thursday. It came several hours after the House Ethics Committee recommended suspension and possible expulsion of the Republican lawmaker from Lewiston amid an investigation into a rape accusation from a 19-year-old staffer. Continue Reading Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger Resigns After Ethics Committee Recommends Suspension

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Health care workers assist a COVID-19 patient in Spain. Some evidence from Europe and China suggests an overzealous immune response may be contributing to the severe illness in some patients. CREDIT: Felipe Dana/AP

A Small Number Of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why

Known as “breakthrough infections,” cases in which people test positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are extremely rare. Public health experts are anxious that these cases not be blown out of proportion and discourage people from getting vaccinated. Yet they also say it’s critical to track and study these cases, because scientists do not fully understand who is susceptible to vaccine failure. Continue Reading A Small Number Of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why

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Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston. Courtesy of the Idaho Legislature

19-Year-Old To Publicly Testify Against Idaho Lawmaker From Lewiston Accused Of Rape

The investigation into Lewiston Republican Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s conduct began in March, when the intern told a supervisor that the 38-year-old lawmaker raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a restaurant. The Boise Police Department has a criminal investigation underway, and the Legislature’s Ethics Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday to determine if the lawmaker “engaged in conduct unbecoming a representative which is detrimental to the integrity of the House.” Continue Reading 19-Year-Old To Publicly Testify Against Idaho Lawmaker From Lewiston Accused Of Rape

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Rep. Matthew Bundy, a school teacher and Mountain Home Republican, debates for the teacher salary bill Tuesday, April 13, 2021. CREDIT: Idaho Education News/screenshot

New Education Budgets Emerge In Idaho Legislature After Previously Being Blocked

The new budget bills still have to pass both houses — and House conservatives have killed three major education bills over social justice and critical race theory concerns. But on Monday, the Senate followed the House’s lead, passing a bill addressing “nondiscrimination” in schools and critical race theory. That nondiscrimination bill, now on its way to Gov. Brad Little’s desk, is seen as a linchpin to passing education spending budgets. Continue Reading New Education Budgets Emerge In Idaho Legislature After Previously Being Blocked

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In this May 5, 2016, a Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker drops half a load of its 19,400-gallon capacity during a ceremony at Colorado Springs, Colo. The world’s largest firefighting plane has been shut down just as Western states prepare for a wildfire season that fire officials fear could be worse than the average year. CREDIT: Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP

World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

As the company weighs its options, two Washington state legislators sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Congress members in Western states, urging them to find a solution to continue the SuperTanker’s operations, which they described as the “biggest and one of the best weapons in battling the catastrophic fires.” Continue Reading World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

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People walking in a park some wearing masks

CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when they’re outdoors, unless they’re in a crowd, such as attending a live performance, sporting event or parade. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson shot. Continue Reading CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

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A new state law will further prod the Spokane school district to find a new mascot for North Central High School, now the home of the Indians. CREDIT: Rebecca White/Spokane Public Radio

Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions

Washington public schools with Native American-themed team names or mascots have a decision to make now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on such symbols. The schools have until year’s end to find a new mascot or try to win the blessing of a nearby tribe for continued use under an exception. Continue Reading Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions

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