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Lawmaker Convicted of Raping Intern, 19

Victim's testimony had to be struck after she rushed from the Idaho courtroom

(Newser) - A former Idaho lawmaker was convicted Friday of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern after a dramatic trial in which the young woman fled the witness stand during testimony, saying, "I can’t do this." The intern told a Statehouse supervisor that Aaron von Ehlinger raped her at his...

Idaho Officer's Accusation: Police Chief Broke My Neck

Sgt. Kirk Rush files tort claim alleging harm at the hands of Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee

(Newser) - An Idaho police officer alleges his department's chief broke his neck while demonstrating an unusual neck restraint last October. CBS News explains that state law requires a person who intends to sue a government agency to first file a tort claim, which that agency can then respond to. Sgt....

Governor Questions Legality as He Signs Texas-Like Abortion Law

Little says he expects Idaho measure to be ruled unconstitutional

(Newser) - Update: Idaho's governor has signed anti-abortion legislation modeled after the law in Texas. Republican Gov. Brad Little noted his reservations about the legality of the measure even as he approved it. "While I support the pro-life policy in this legislation, I fear the novel civil enforcement mechanism will...

Idaho Bill on Trans Youth Could Send Parents to Prison for Life

They could be hit with felony for seeking gender-affirming medical care for kids, even in other states

(Newser) - As parents of transgender children in Texas grapple with the state's new law over providing gender-affirming medical care, Idaho parents are now facing similar issues, with even more restrictions piled on. The Idaho Statesman reports that on Tuesday, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill barring such medical...

8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made
Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
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8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf

Now there's a waiting list for Dillon Helbig's graphic novel in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Who needs a literary agent? Not this 8-year-old author from Boise, Idaho, who just self-published and promoted his comic book in a most unique way. Turns out Dillon Helbig snuck a copy of his DIY comic, The Adventures of Dillon Helbig's Crismis—by "Dillon His Self"—onto...

Do We Have a 'Moral Obligation' to Mine for Cobalt in Idaho?

One of the country's largest stores of cobalt is there

(Newser) - As the planet's need for lithium—or, more specifically, lithium-ion batteries—continues to swell, so too does the need for metals needed to make those batteries. Cobalt is one of them. As Michael Holtz explains in a lengthy piece for the Atlantic , a White House report issued in June...

Idaho Dad Spends All of 2021 Breaking World Records

David Rush says he broke 52 world records last year; Guinness has so far confirmed 43 of them

(Newser) - David Rush spends more time than the average person trying to break world records, and he racked up 150 of them since 2015, according to the bio on his website . Now, the Idaho author and entertainer who calls himself "one of the most prolific Guinness World Records title holders...

Here Are the 10 States People Are Fleeing

Residents are especially saying so long to New Jersey

(Newser) - Over the past year, people in the US made some major life changes—including moving out of state. Whether it was to be closer to family during the pandemic or simply a desire for a life in a less-dense area, plenty of Americans made mini-migrations across state lines. United Van...

Schools to Parents: Please Sub as Teachers

Districts are strapped amid omicron surge

(Newser) - School districts are urging parents to help out in classrooms as the omicron variant forces some educators to stay home. "We can't keep up, there is no labor pool," Don Austin, superintendent of California's Palo Alto Unified School District, says in a video shared Sunday, urging...

Sheriff Pulls Gun on Youth Group That Left 'Thankful Turkey'
Girls Left a Thank-You Note,
Sheriff Pulled a Gun
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Girls Left a Thank-You Note, Sheriff Pulled a Gun

Idaho sheriff Craig Rowland drew weapon on group that left 'thankful turkey' at his home

(Newser) - A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, girls in a Mormon youth group in eastern Idaho spent an evening taping thank-you notes shaped like turkeys on the doors of congregation members, knocking on their doors or ringing their doorbells, and then running away before the residents could see who had left...

Swastikas Found at America's Only Anne Frank Memorial

Tunnels in park near Idaho memorial defaced

(Newser) - Update: A park near the United States' only Anne Frank memorial was defaced, less than a year after the memorial itself was vandalized. Anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered in tunnels near the Boise memorial Dec. 4, the last Saturday of Hanukkah, and was quickly removed, NBC News reports. Swastikas and other...

Suspect in Boise Mall Shooting Is Dead

Police ID him as Jacob Bergquist

(Newser) - The suspect in a Boise mall shooting that killed two people and injured four others has died, the Boise Police Department said Tuesday. The Ada County Coroner identified the suspected shooter as Jacob Bergquist, a 27-year-old Boise man, the AP reports. Coroner Dotti Owens said Bergquist's cause of death...

6 Injured in Idaho Mall Shooting
2 Dead in Idaho
Mall Shooting
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2 Dead in Idaho Mall Shooting

Boise police say a suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Update: Two people are dead and four others, one of them a police officer, injured after a shooting Monday at a Boise mall. The suspect is in custody, but police say they cannot yet speak about a motive, the AP reports. Our original story from Monday follows:

Critics Rip USDA's 'Inhumane' Killing of Wolf Pups in Idaho

Students tracking the pups, conservation groups blast culling, while agency defends it

(Newser) - For students at Idaho's Timberline High School, a wolf pack roaming nearby in Boise National Forest offered the opportunity to study the animals, and so they've tracked the group since 2003. This spring, though, a shocking find was made: eight pups in the pack were killed by none...

Weird Political Maneuvering Is Happening in Idaho
Weird Political
Maneuvering
Is Happening
in Idaho
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Weird Political Maneuvering Is Happening in Idaho

When the cat's away...

(Newser) - Idaho Gov. Brad Little left the state on Tuesday, and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin took full advantage of that fact. With Little in Texas meeting with other Republican governors about border issues, McGeachin—who serves as acting governor in Little's absence and is running for governor herself—issued an...

Hunter Takes Shortcut, Finds Body of Hunter Who Vanished in 1968
Hunter Takes Shortcut,
Finds Body of Hunter
Who Vanished in 1968
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Hunter Takes Shortcut, Finds Body of Hunter Who Vanished in 1968

Raymond Jones had been hunting mountain goats in eastern Idaho

(Newser) - After Raymond Jones disappeared while bowhunting for mountain goats in eastern Idaho 53 years ago, more than 70 people joined the search and his brothers hired a helicopter, but no trace of the 39-year-old was found—until last week. Authorities say another man bowhunting for mountain goats in Lemhi County...

Slammed Idaho Hospitals Now Allowed to Ration Care

Idaho Department of Health's designation includes 10 hospitals, healthcare systems

(Newser) - Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" allowing health care rationing for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a...

Hiker in Yellowstone Has a Bison 'Encounter'

30-year-old woman flown to Idaho hospital after being injured by bison

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Michigan woman on a weekend hike in Yellowstone National Park ended up in the hospital after an unexpected "encounter." Park spokeswoman Linda Veress says in an email to Jackson Hole News that the Ann Arbor resident was hiking on Sunday afternoon with a partner along the...

Ammon Bundy Wants to Be Idaho Governor

Rancher has been involved in armed standoffs against the feds multiple times

(Newser) - Ammon Bundy, the anti-government rancher who has been involved in multiple armed standoffs against the feds, wants to get into ... government. Bundy, 45, who led a 2016 occupation at a federal refuge in Idaho and was also involved in a 2014 standoff at a ranch belonging to his father Cliven...

This Is the Best State to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

New Jersey tops the list in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - Figuring out where to settle down can be a tough task, especially considering all of the various factors that could influence one's choice. WalletHub examines the gamut, looking at more than four dozen metrics in all 50 states in five main categories: affordability; the economy (including unemployment rates, job...

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