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Idaho's New Transgender Birth Certificate Law Defies Federal Court Order, Judge Says

A federal judge has found a new Idaho law that blocks transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificate violates one of her previous rulings from two years ago blocking such policies.

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Concerts and music festivals around the Mountain West have been canceled due to COVID-19, but not all of them.

As schools across the country grapple with bringing kids back into the classroom, parents — and teachers — are worried about safety. We asked pediatricians, infectious disease specialists and education experts for help evaluating school district plans.

What we learned: There's no such thing as zero risk, but certain practices can lower the risk of an outbreak at school and keep kids, teachers and families safer.

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The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program expired at the end of last month. The plan provided jobless Idahoans an additional $600 a week on top of their regular unemployment.


The attorney general of New York called for the dissolution of the National Rifle Association in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The suit, filed by Attorney General Letitia James, accuses top NRA leaders of using the gun rights group’s funds for personal gain and engaging in a pattern of fraud to conceal their actions.

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Wednesday, The Idaho High School Activities Association reaffirmed a previous decision to open the high school sports season statewide August 10. Treasure Valley Schools have decided to delay that one week, with games unlikely before September 8.

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Sun Valley businesses say the summer tourism season has been as busy as any other year, despite the pandemic.



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The COVID-19 pandemic spurred unprecedented spikes in unemployment, widespread housing insecurity and increased hunger. 


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While some of the world's premiere performing arts organizations hunker down due to the pandemic —even the New York Philharmonic canceled its entire fall season — Idaho's oldest-performing arts organization, the Boise Philharmonic, has unveiled a 2020-21 season of no less less than 27 performances.

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News about the coronavirus changes daily, so to keep you informed about the newest research, statistics and guidance, each Wednesday, Idaho Matters brings in a panel of medical experts to answer your coronavirus questions. One big topic today? How best to safely reopen schools in light of Idaho's continued surging case numbers and deaths. 

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Gov. Brad Little says he will call a special legislative session in Boise later this month, but it’s unclear what lawmakers will take up.


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Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: August 7, 2020

It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen.

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