Author: Associated Press

Idaho farmers begin applying for permits to grow hemp

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture launched its online application system for would-be hemp growers early last week, and applications are beginning to trickle in. Nineteen hemp producer and handler applications have been entered since…

Idaho Senate panel kills three COVID-19 vaccine bills

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature appeared ready on Wednesday to wrap up the extended 2021 session after a Senate committee killed three bills having to do with COVID-19 vaccine legislation. The Senate State Affairs Committee held all three…

Idaho lawmakers advance vaccine worker comp legislation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill making it easier for Idaho residents to get worker compensation if they become ill after taking an employee-mandated vaccine sailed through the House and headed for the Senate on Tuesday. The measure passed the…

Bill to ease vaccine worker compensation clears Idaho panel

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Proposed legislation making it easier for employees to get worker compensation if they become ill after taking an employee-mandated vaccine cleared a House panel on Tuesday. The House Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee sent the measure…

Idaho lawmakers meet to take on federal vaccine requirements

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers in a first-ever move in state history reconvened the Legislature on Monday after more than five months off to put forward about three dozen bills dealing with COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements. The House…

Washington seeks over $38 billion from opioid distributors

SEATTLE (AP) — After rejecting a half-billion-dollar settlement, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday took the state’s case against the nation’s three biggest drug distributors to trial, saying they must be held accountable for their role in the nation’s…

$62 million award in suit over toxic chemicals at school

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Students and parents who say they suffered brain injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals at a Monroe, Washington, public school were awarded $62 million by a jury this week. The Seattle Times reports that Wednesday’s decision…

2 Seattleites charged with stealing $1M in jobless benefits

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle residents are charged with allegedly stealing over $1 million in jobless benefits and small business loans during the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports Bryan Sparks and Autumn Luna were charged Wednesday with stealing at least $500,000…

Electioneering questions persist in North Idaho

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A North Idaho poll worker illegally handed out critical race theory information to voters on election day earlier this month, a former school board member said. Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon condemned such actions and…

Officials destroy $3 million worth of pot on WA farms

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — About 13,000 pounds of marijuana valued at around $3 million was destroyed this week outside of three adjoining Touchet, Washington, cannabis farms accused of growing more than allowed by state law. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports Evergreen…

ACLU, NAACP urge federal probe into police use of force

Community groups are calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the largest law enforcement agencies in southwest Washington over alleged excessive force and discriminatory policing.

Justices say Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped veto authority

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his veto authority when he cut a sentence that appeared seven times in the 2019 transportation budget, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The sentence in question would have prevented the Department of…

Business group opposes Idaho lawmakers setting vaccine rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state’s top business lobby group will oppose any attempts by the Legislature to impose restrictions on businesses requiring employees get COVID-19 vaccines, the group’s president said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday. Idaho Association…

Washington state apple crop estimate lowered 5.3%

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Tree Fruit Association officials have lowered their 2021 estimate of the statewide apple harvest by 5.3%. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the estimate was decreased from 124.85 million to 118.255 million boxes. Association President Jon DeVaney said…

Class action lawsuit filed against new WA long-term care tax

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Opponents of a mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to stop the January start of the payroll premium for most employees…

Teen to be tried as adult in murder of man in Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Moses Lake teenager will be tried as an adult in the September murder of a 21-year-old man. According to information from the Grant County Superior Court Clerk’s Office, 17-year-old Dominick Kultgen was charged Oct.…