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How Medicare prescription drug coverage would change under U.S. Senate Democrats’ bill

WASHINGTON — A major spending bill from U.S. Senate Democrats would allow Medicare for the first time in its history to begin negotiating the prices of certain high-priced prescription drugs — a proposal that’s been around for years but has never come so close to the finish line. Under the legislation, Medicare would start negotiating […] The post How Medicare prescription drug coverage would change under U.S. Senate Democrats’ bill appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday. The revenue lost to obtain Sinema’s support […] The post U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Protecting the sanctity of life or violating religious freedom? Idaho faith leaders talk abortion.

As the Idaho Legislature considered several laws restricting abortion in the past two years, leaders from at least one faith group have advocated for the passage of these laws.  In a petition requesting to appear as an amicus curiae in the cases before the Idaho Supreme Court, the Diocese of Boise stated that they see […] The post Protecting the sanctity of life or violating religious freedom? Idaho faith leaders talk abortion. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Why America needs a caretaker to lead her future

Wars, mass shootings, pandemics, droughts, supply shortages, recession and political  divisiveness … it’s ugly in America these days. Do you ever remember a time when you were a kid and everything seemed dark around you? Maybe you were being bullied or your parents were divorcing, or perhaps you just lost a loved one. If during […] The post Why America needs a caretaker to lead her future appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema again pivotal as U.S. Senate Democrats scramble for 50 votes

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the enigmatic Democrat from Arizona, is once again at the center of attention in Congress, where she’s the linchpin in Democrats’ plans to pass a party-line climate, health and taxes bill. Democrats need every member of their Senate caucus to support the sweeping 725-page bill for it to pass in the […] The post Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema again pivotal as U.S. Senate Democrats scramble for 50 votes appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns.  “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this […] The post Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Attorney: Lack of evidence, Sixth Amendment violations call for new trial for former Idaho lawmaker

Former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s motion for a new trial is based on testimony from a witness and grounds that his constitutional rights were violated because the defense did not have the opportunity to cross-examine or confront his accuser, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Ada County. Von Ehlinger was scheduled to be […] The post Attorney: Lack of evidence, Sixth Amendment violations call for new trial for former Idaho lawmaker appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho’s lumber industry is more consolidated than ever, and making billions in sales

In Idaho’s nearly 150 years of history with the lumber industry, the trade has transformed from a wide scattering of communities built and centered around logging and mills, to the more consolidated forestry seen today.  After the forests around the Great Lakes were depleted in the early 1900s, there were two places for the timber […] The post Idaho’s lumber industry is more consolidated than ever, and making billions in sales appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho’s state lab mixed up monkeypox tests. Here’s how it happened.

Two samples arrived last Thursday at the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. Health care providers in two different parts of the state had swabbed their patients to test for suspected monkeypox infections. The lab processed the monkeypox tests and sent out results. Four days later, the state lab got a query from the Centers for Disease […] The post Idaho’s state lab mixed up monkeypox tests. Here’s how it happened. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho Supreme Court justices point to conflicting language in abortion laws

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the title of Justice Gregory Moeller. The Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court is Richard Bevan. A hearing at the Idaho Supreme Court regarding two of the state’s abortion laws seemed to create more questions than it answered, as justices highlighted confusion over criminal penalties and […] The post Idaho Supreme Court justices point to conflicting language in abortion laws appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court […] The post Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.

Will abortion ban take effect this month? Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments today.

With a fourth lawsuit now in federal court from the U.S. Department of Justice, the litigation landscape around Idaho’s abortion laws is becoming crowded. The Idaho Supreme Court will hear two of the four lawsuits Wednesday morning in consecutive hearings. The court originally planned to hear oral arguments over Idaho’s heartbeat law allowing civil lawsuits […] The post Will abortion ban take effect this month? Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments today. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Why does this guy still have an Idaho medical license?

Garden City pathologist Ryan Cole burst onto the national scene as a leading COVID-19 vaccination denier and purveyor of unproven cures in July of 2021. Speaking at a meeting of America’s Frontline Doctors, a group of COVID-19 anti-vaccination activists, Cole falsely described the life-saving vaccines as “fake,” a “clot shot” and “needle rape.” He falsely […] The post Why does this guy still have an Idaho medical license? appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would provide health care and benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances while deployed overseas, after many Republicans switched their votes and decided to once again back the legislation. The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, […] The post U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […] The post Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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U.S. Department of Justice sues Idaho over abortion trigger ban

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of Idaho over the state’s trigger law that will ban nearly all abortions. The law is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 25, unless the Idaho Supreme Court puts the law on a temporary hold after a hearing Wednesday. The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s trigger ban […] The post U.S. Department of Justice sues Idaho over abortion trigger ban appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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How many Idahoans have long COVID? New data gives us a hint.

Boise jewelry artist Mike Rogers made it through several waves of COVID-19 outbreaks without getting sick — until mid-June, when the omicron variant caught him. Six weeks after his breakthrough coronavirus infection, Rogers isn’t back to normal. His brain feels as though it’s encased in plastic wrap, being squeezed and buzzed with electrical currents. Rogers […] The post How many Idahoans have long COVID? New data gives us a hint. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion.  Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, […] The post Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho’s Rep. Simpson made 15 funding requests for state projects — then voted against them

Thirteen community projects across eastern and southern Idaho could receive funding under a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that passed the House on July 20, despite both of Idaho’s representatives voting against it. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, made requests for funding for 15 Idaho community projects from his 2nd Congressional District to be […] The post Idaho’s Rep. Simpson made 15 funding requests for state projects — then voted against them appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Education ballot initiative could reverse 2022 tax cuts and raise taxes on all Idahoans

An education funding ballot initiative that will go before Idaho voters in November could have the unintended consequences of reversing the Idaho Legislature’s 2022 tax cuts and increasing taxes for low-income families, state officials said. The issue involves the Quality Education Act, which organizers from the nonprofit group Reclaim Idaho successfully qualified for the Nov. […] The post Education ballot initiative could reverse 2022 tax cuts and raise taxes on all Idahoans appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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