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On Monday evening, President Trump stressed what he called the need to reopen America for business even as he said the government also would continue tackling the spiraling coronavirus pandemic.

The White House's team will make an assessment after next week as to how effective social distancing and other mitigation measures have been in stifling the spread of the virus, said Vice President Pence.

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President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of the outbreak.

It’s a Monday night in Salt Lake City and thousands of people are gathering to hear Democratic presidential nominee Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, speak at a convention hall downtown. Parker and Chloe Woods have just driven an hour and a half from the university town of Logan, Utah, to be here. 

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As part of its budget plan, the Trump administration proposes spending $150 million for a new uranium reserve. That could help struggling uranium mining companies in the Mountain West. But the idea has its critics.

 

Southern Utah’s red rock desert is home to towering canyons and the clear, shallow Escalante River. It’s also home to many ancient petroglyphs. Jonathan Paklaian is trying to find one along the banks of the river. He scrambles along a cliff wall until he spots it — a petroglyph he says was drawn more than 800 years ago by the Indigenous Fremont people. 

President Donald Trump somewhat misrepresented his administration’s role in the expansion of domestic oil and gas production during his State of the Union address Tuesday. 

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Earlier this month, the Trump Administration proposed changes to fundamental environmental rules. The National Environmental Policy Act has been in place since President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970. 

But in recent years, some people have questioned whether some elements of NEPA go too far, holding back industries like ranching and mining. 

Many ranchers are applauding President Donald Trump after he announced an overhaul of the nation’s bedrock environmental law on Thursday. 

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Approximately 80 protesters came to Boise City Hall January 4 to demonstrate the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian general. Organizers from the ANSWER (aka Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition insisted that they would protest any such action, but quickly added that the recent provocation was a "diversion" by President Trump to shift focus away from his pending impeachment trial.

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House Democrats began work on completing their articles of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday evening, setting the stage for a vote by the full House.

The Judiciary Committee convened to amend the impeachment legislation introduced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with its chairman, Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., calling the facts against Trump "overwhelming" and that Congress must act now to protect the integrity of U.S. election and its national security.

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Democrats in the House took the next step toward impeachment on Monday with the presentation of what they call the evidence of President Trump's improper conduct in the Ukraine affair.

"President Trump's persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security," said Daniel Goldman, the Democratic staff counsel who presented the Democrats' case in the Judiciary Committee hearing.

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The U.S. accepted zero refugees in October. That’s after the Trump administration has set a year-long cap on refugees at 18,000, the lowest number since the modern refugee program began with the Refugee Act of 1980.

 


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While attending a panel on women in business in Nampa on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Jim Risch refused to answer questions regarding President Donald Trump. Idaho Matters talks to Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin about his attempt to pose questions to the senator, who is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Updated Oct. 11 to reflect a new public statement from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch regarding the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.

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On this week's Reporter Roundtable, we discuss the controversy surrounding President Trump's call to Ukraine's leader and the response from Idaho's congressional delegation, Micron's intellectual property suits and the opioid crisis in Idaho. Journalists Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television, Mike Sharp of KIVI and Madelyn Beck of the Mountain West News Bureau keep the conversation flowing.

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Two recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton have left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded. The debate over guns in America and who should have them is front and center after the shootings and remarks from President Donald Trump about “Red Flag” laws. Reporter Heath Druzin with Boise State Public Radio and Guns & America has been covering the Idaho reaction to this story. He joins us on Idaho Matters.

Following back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend, Democratic presidential candidates have sharply criticized President Donald Trump, blaming his policies and sometimes racist tone for emboldening violent white nationalists.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden capped off a two-day trip to Idaho Tuesday with a fundraiser at the home of a prominent Boise family.

President Trump is touting his environmental achievements this week. But some environmental advocacy groups are not impressed. 

The Center for Western Priorities just released a new study that shows the administration has been almost unanimously approving de-regulatory policy changes requested or supported by mining and drilling groups. 

The last time the royalty rate for oil and gas production on federal land changed was in 1920. Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would address that, but the industry stands opposed.

A controversial oil and gas advisory committee has been disbanded by the Trump administration, according to an interior department spokesperson.

Four environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of protections for an imperiled species.

 


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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his highly-anticipated report on ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Having found no evidence of collusion, some of Idaho’s staunch Republican congressmen are weighing in on the special counsel’s conclusions.

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An environmental group is launching a campaign to defend the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which has been a target for President Trump. The court hears some of the most important environmental and other cases in our region.

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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