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House passes bill to remove Confederate, racist statues and busts

WASHINGTON – A measure seeking to remove the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney – who wrote the opinion in the high court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision that ruled Black people were not U.S. citizens – along with other racist and Confederate statues in the Capitol passed the House on a 305-113 vote Wednesday.

Idaho lawmakers seek options for calling special sessions

BOISE – Lawmakers concerned that Republican Gov. Brad Little has too much power following his emergency declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic considered on Monday ways to reconvene after the regular legislative session has ended.

Trump to U.S. schools: Reopen or you may lose federal funds

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive.

Kansas newspaper’s post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

TOPEKA, Kan. – A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper’s Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor’s coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Gov. Kate Brown: Second Oregon special session in July or August

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown on Saturday said she would call a second special legislative session this summer to fix a state budget wrecked by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis and wants to use coronavirus relief funds to help support the Black community and working people.

Ex-Idaho budget director will be jailed in child porn case

BOISE — A former Idaho budget director has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to willfully possessing or accessing child sexually exploitative material.

Some states pause reopening as virus cases near record high

The coronavirus crisis deepened in Arizona on Thursday, and the governor of Texas began to backtrack after making one of the most aggressive pushes in the nation to reopen, as the daily number of confirmed cases across the U.S. closed in on the peak reached during the dark days of late April.

Surging U.S. virus cases raise fear that progress is slipping

World leaders must not politicize the coronavirus pandemic but unite to fight it, the head of the World Health Organization warned Monday, reminding all that the pandemic is still accelerating and producing record daily increases in infections.

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

AUSTIN, Texas – Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona despite warning signs there, too.

Long lines snarl voting in Georgia primaries amid pandemic

Long lines snaked around polling places Tuesday, and some voters faced hourlong waits as Georgia held its twice-delayed primary election amid a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus.

State Rep. Youngblood named CSG fellow in leadership program

Idaho state Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, has been selected for an intensive leadership development program by the Council of State Governments. He’ll be one of 48 leaders from 29 states, from all three branches of government, who participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship program, through...