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News >  Idaho

Court: Idaho must give transgender inmate gender surgery

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

BOISE – Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men’s prison, a federal appeals court said Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Idaho that the state’s denying the surgery for 31-year-old Adree Edmo amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Mayor of Harrison, Idaho, resigns, citing fears for family’s safety and disagreement over development

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Kayleen Walker, who’s served as mayor of the small vacation town of roughly 200 people since 2017, resigned Aug. 6 after vandalism of her home near downtown. Walker said she believed she was being targeted for public comments about a former business owner convicted of lewd behavior with children and opposition to a contract with a developer about extending sewer service in town.
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Lawsuit seeks to halt construction of central Idaho trail

Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for hikers and bikers prohibited. Sawtooth Mountain Ranch owners David Boren and Lynn Arnone have been fighting construction of the trial with a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government and on Thursday filed new documents contending the proposed trail violates environmental laws.
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Idaho lawmakers ponder if counties should fund Medicaid expansion

A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court fees or tapping cash from a tobacco settlement reached nearly two decades ago. Those proposals and others were discussed Friday by the interim Legislative Committee, which is tasked with coming up with ways to pay for the voter-approved Medicaid expansion.
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Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining. The tribe contends in the lawsuit filed Thursday that Midas Gold is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to remain in the area where the tribe has hunting and fishing rights. Midas Gold has never mined in the area but has acquired existing mining claims
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Moscow student, mother killed in crash

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 10:19 p.m.

A Moscow High School student and her mother were killed Saturday in a head-on crash involving a semitrailer on Interstate 90 near Alberton, Montana.
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Boise police: Man arrested with $40,000 in stolen bicycles

A 26-year-old Florida man has been taken into custody after police say he tried to pawn stolen bicycles in Boise. Boise police say Bradley D. Knirnschild of Kissimmee was arrested Monday afternoon with 11 bicycles worth more than $40,000 that had been reported stolen in Washington.
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Idaho girl dies after she was impaled in head by steel bar

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

A 9-year-old Idaho girl who fell out of a tree and was impaled in the head by a steel bar has died. Jesi Bergeson said Friday that her daughter Shaylyn Bergeson died from her injuries Thursday evening at a hospital in Utah. Authorities say Bergeson was playing in her backyard Monday near the city of Rexburg when she fell. Officers found the girl unconscious under a tree near the family’s home.
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Idaho attorney general sues several opioid makers

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed another lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies, contending they deliberately deceived the public about the dangers of opioid prescriptions in order to generate big profits.