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Talks of reopening Idaho's economy have dominated the coronavirus conversations this week, as Republicans in leadership butt heads about when and how to safely get people back on the job.  

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It’s officially been more than a month since the novel coronavirus was first detected in Idaho. 

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It's been nearly a month since coronavirus was first confirmed in Idaho. 

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This week was packed (there was that earthquake, changes to how the May 19 primary will be run, and getting homeless Idahoans tested for COVID-19). 

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Idaho Matters begins today with Governor Brad Little’s noon press conference, outlining his response to layoffs, a tightened state budget and strapped small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis. 

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As more and more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed around the world and here in Idaho, there is a critical shortage of PPE, or personal protective equipment. Medical professionals are pleading for more supplies as they help people infected with the coronavirus. 

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The coronavirus is reaching deeper into Idaho as the number of confirmed cases continue to rise. In the midst of all this, Facebook is becoming the meeting space for information and community support.

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Between the coronavirus and the Idaho State Legislature, this week has been one of the most news-heavy the state has seen in a while. 

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There are now cases of coronavirus in all 50 states. With no definitive federal orders but rather recommendations, states and localities have been left to their own to decide how to handle the pandemic in their area. Idaho has made no statewide restrictions but has announced guidelines for folks. 

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Today, in collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio, we offered listeners the opportunity to call into the live show with their questions about Coronavirus. Experts from the Mayo Clinic answered questions from listeners across the country.  

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 14 - 1:55 p.m.

Saturday afternoon, Idaho State University students received an email from university president Kevin Satterlee that stated the woman confirmed as Idaho's first positive COVID-19 case is a student at ISU's Meridian campus.

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Come October 1, Idaho residents will need extra identification in order to board a flight or access a federal building. 

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UPDATE: March 13, 4:45 p.m. Since this segment aired, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the first case of COVID-19 in Idaho. Click here to learn more

Between Coronavirus and the Idaho Legislature, there's lots to discuss on this week's Reporter Roundtable. Listen to hear reporter Don Day from BoiseDev, Scott McIntosh and Cynthia Sewell from the Idaho Statesman along with James Dawson and Frankie Barnhill of Boise State Public Radio to break down this week in news. 

Gov. Brad Little and leaders in the Idaho House and Senate have made contingency plans for a hasty end to the legislative session should someone in the Statehouse get the new coronavirus. Little said Thursday that aggregating lawmakers from all 44 of Idaho's counties as well as drawing in visitors is not the best scenario. Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke said budget bills are being expedited because they need to be passed before the Legislature can adjourn. He's considering having lawmakers work on Saturday.

Idaho lawmakers are moving quickly to bolster the state's ability to fight the new coronavirus. The Senate voted 35-0 Wednesday to approve a request from Republican Gov. Brad Little for $2 million to go into an emergency fund for use around the state. Some of the money will be used by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to test for the virus. The legislation now goes to the House. Republican Sen. Steve Bair told senators that an expected $4 million in federal funds is more than a month away. No one in Idaho has tested positive for the virus so far.

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Lori Vallow had her first court appearance in Idaho Friday. The Idaho woman is facing charges in the disappearance of her two children.

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This week's Reporter Roundtable has a little bit of everything from the week's news: abortion funding at the state legislature, possible restrictions for transgender athletes in Idaho, state officials preparing for coronavirus spread and the arraingment of an Eastern Idaho woman in connection to the disappearance of her children. 

Boise State University says four students from South Korea participating in a school program are in self-isolation for 14 days in Boise. The school in a statement Thursday says the students cleared a health screening for the new coronavirus after arriving in Seattle on Monday. The virus causes the disease called COVID-19. School spokesman Greg Hahn says the four students are staying in an apartment in a complex owned by the university. He says they're able to take classes online.

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The City of Boise has joined a number of other Idaho communities to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving.

One week from today, there will be a hearing at the Idaho Capitol. On any given day during the legislative session, there are many hearings and on rare occasions, emotions can surface.

But the hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee will undoubtedly be very emotional. That's when lawmakers will consider a resolution to establish a day of awareness for missing and murdered indigenous people in Idaho.

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Newsroom employees at the Idaho Statesman announced plans Monday to form a union — the first in the paper's history.

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This Wednesday, the Gem State is celebrating “Idaho Day,” a nod to the day when President Abraham Lincoln created what was then the Idaho Territory.

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Today on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin, KIVI's Mike Sharp and BoiseDev's Don Day chat legislature news and more. 

There's a new statehouse measure that would bring Idaho in line with the new national age for the purchase of tobacco products. As George Prentice reports, the bill made its way through a Senate committee this week by a razor-thin margin.

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With the Idaho legislature in full swing, there is much to discuss on this week's Reporter Roundtable.