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Idaho health officials say COVID case numbers are flattening

“For the first time since July, things are headed in a better direction,” Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said during a public briefing, noting that the number of new cases was flattening out. “It also means that we are not out of the woods yet.”

California recall fails; Gov. Gavin Newsom stays in office

The recall, which turned on Newsom’s approach to the pandemic, mirrored the nation’s heated political divide over business closures and mask and vaccine mandates, and both parties will dissect its outcome heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Idaho sheriff: Missing girl’s body found, suspect arrested

An Idaho sheriff has said that investigators found what is believed to be the body of an 8-year-old girl who went missing earlier this week and that a suspect has been arrested. The girl’s two older siblings — also reported missing and last seen months earlier — were found safe.

New Wyoming law will allow people to take road kill to eat

Thousands of times a year, motorists inadvertently smash into Wyoming wildlife like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, littering highway right-of-ways with carcasses that sometimes include dozens or hundreds of pounds of fresh, lean, edible meat.

Officials: 6 sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Six Washington residents have become ill in an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins, state health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting…

Idaho Legislature has big to-do list after COVID-19 break

The Idaho House and Senate both recessed abruptly on March 19 after at least six of the 70 House members tested positive for COVID-19 within a week. Now, they're reconvening Tuesday to consider legislation, including a huge income tax cut, limits on the governor’s emergency powers and more.

23 people in Washington being monitored for Ebola

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials in Washington state are monitoring 23 people for Ebola who recently traveled from the West African countries of Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Department of Health said Thursday in a…

Washington Senate approves police accountability bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A contentious bill that passed the state Senate late Thursday could transform Washington’s police oversight agency from an anemic watchdog into a formidable instrument for police accountability. While other reform efforts in Olympia focus on high-profile…

Earthquake warning system to roll out to Oregon, Washington

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The earthquake early warning system known as ShakeAlert will be capable of delivering alerts directly to wireless devices in Oregon on March 11 and to Washington state in May, completing the West Coast rollout, the U.S.…