Surveys: 46 million people can't afford health care, majority of hospitals not providing pricing transparency

The Center Square

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(The Center Square) –  An estimated 46 million people — or 18% of the country — would be unable to pay for health care if they needed it today, a recent poll conducted by Gallup and West Health found.

Governor Brad Little Pushes for 'Sustainable Transportation Funding Now'

Governor Brad Little

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Governor Brad Little spent time over the last week traveling and speaking with business leaders and local officials discussing the state's transportation system. After those meetings, Little is pushing for a "sustainable transportation funding solution", and is urging Idahoans to contact their local legislators to push for more funding of the Gem State's transportation system. 

Avista submits 2021 Electric Integrated Resource Plan

Avista Press Release

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SPOKANE, Wash., April 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avista Utilities, an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA), is planning to reduce carbon-emitting resources from its portfolio in alignment with the company’s clean electricity goal announced in 2019. In its 2021 Electric Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed today with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the Idaho Public Utility Commission, Avista is projecting a much cleaner generation mix.

WSP Planning Extra Patrols in Anticipation of Zags Final Four Game

WSP Press Release

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Spokane – The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will have extra troopers working Saturday to ensure motorists have a safe weekend.  Basketball fans who plan to be out watching Gonzaga beat UCLA in their Final Four matchup, should plan ahead and not drive impaired.  Extra troopers will be on duty to strictly enforce the “Rules of the Road.”  District 4 troopers want to remind drivers that we will be paying particular attention to dangerous speed, distracted driving, seat belt usage, and impaired driving violations, in our efforts to reduce serious injury and fatal collisions.

Dworshak Dam discharges to decrease to 6,900 cfs for upcoming week

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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AHSAHKA, Idaho –Dworshak Dam will be decreasing releases from 9,700 cubic feet per second (CFS) to 6,900 CFS to conserve water between hatchery releases, which resume Monday, April 12. Current basin conditions and a forecast for slightly below normal precipitation for the next 10 days drive the decrease.

Leader of Aryan Knights Prison Gang Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for RICO Conspiracy

USAO Press Release

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BOISE – Harlan Hale, 55, a leader of the Idaho prison gang known as the Aryan Knights, or “AK,” was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of participating in a RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) conspiracy and one count of committing a violent crime in furtherance of racketeering activity, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. In imposing this sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye ordered that it be served after Hale’s existing sentences from a State of Idaho case and a federal case in the District of Wyoming.

Fraudulent Purchasing Claims Disguised as Official U of I Business

U of I press release.

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MOSCOW, Idaho — April 1, 2021 — The University of Idaho has recently become aware of an internet scam involving someone improperly impersonating the university’s purchasing department in an effort to purchase large quantities of various types of goods. Emails have been sent to numerous vendors from email addresses ending in “unidaho-edu.com,” which is NOT a University of Idaho email address. The emails use names of people associated with the university, but who are not purchasing department employees. These emails do not represent U of I, or its associates, in any manner. 

WARDEN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING AND PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

U.S. Department of Justice

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Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Carlos Salgado Velasquez, age 30, of Warden, Washington, pleaded guilty on March 31, 2021 pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of Production of Child Pornography and one count of Child Sex Trafficking.  In the plea agreement, Velasquez and the United States agreed to a sentence of 23 years in prison.  Senior District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen will decide whether to accept the plea agreement during the sentencing hearing set for July 6, 2021.

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