Labor Day. A day to celebrate the American worker but this Labor Day could make or break reopening plans for many schools, even bars in the area. A train heist. A shoot out and martial law. Sounds like the making of an old western movie. But it's also what happened when Idaho experienced its most violent labor struggles. Brian Holms takes us back to that era of Idaho history. Some Idaho Legislators argue all of Idaho should be in the same time zone. They've even tried to make it law. So how did our great state end up in two different times?
We know it's a holiday weekend, but let's not get crazy. You saw what happened after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. What health officials say we need to do to keep COVID case numbers from spiking again. This year's special session wasn't just weird, it was kind of costly. So who foots the bill for all that law enforcement overtime? Peanut butter and jelly, avocado and toast… bars and public schools? Yep, some Boise bar owners are now at the mercy of minors about when they can resume serving booze. 2020 is weird.
Idaho is staying in Stage 4 - once again - for at least another two weeks. Gov. Brad Little made the announcement Thursday morning, saying that, for the seventh time, the state has failed to meet the criteria to move out of the final state of the reopening plan. He cited the high number of people hospitalized as the main reason. And, why are some Idahoans who received unemployment benefits being asked to pay some of the money back? The Idaho Department of Labor explains. Plus, it was called a "titanic structure" by the local paper - christened with a bottle of cider by the wife of the man it is named after. It was 93 years ago this week that the rim-to-rim bridge now known as the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls first opened.
Gov. Brad Little has signed the second of two election-related bills passed during the Idaho Legislature's recent special session. With the new laws in place, the stage is set for the highly-anticipated upcoming general election in November. We take a look at what it will mean for Idaho voters. And, a Boise CPA explains President Trump's new payroll tax deferral program. While it will mean bigger paychecks over the next few months, there is a big catch. Plus, like so many events this summer, the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was canceled due to COVID-19. Our 208 Redial looks back at the event two years ago when reporter Joe Parris got to go on a memorable balloon ride high above Boise.
A big accusation from Idaho's western neighbors. Malheur County health officials claim Idaho's coronavirus policies are responsible for the eastern Oregon county's increase in coronavirus cases. And, we're taking a deep dive in the results of a recent West Ada School District parent survey. Plus, a new national park - in Idaho? Gov. Little has offered up the Gem State as a potential site to house a proposed monument to American heroes.
A new theory, triggered by data from the CDC, suggests that just 6% of deaths attributed to COVID-19 were actually caused by the virus. We talked with Dr. David Pate, a member of Idaho's coronavirus task force, about the new claims. And, hundreds of parents and students showed up at the West Ada School District offices Monday morning to protest plans to begin the school year online. But not all parents are in a hurry to send their kids back. Plus, the founder of Starlight Mountain Theater has died. We take a look at Ed Davis' impact on the Idaho arts community.
Boise City Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez received a hateful message from an anonymous Boise local on Thursday. Sanchez is speaking out about the hate she has been receiving, but this time, she's not alone. We've received questions from several viewers about how Idaho schools will provide children with the equipment they need for remote learning. Could the lottery be the answer? We're also looking back at how Boise State became known for the orange and blue Broncos.
The Idaho Legislature's special session came to an end after an eventful three days. While some lawmakers feel proud of what was accomplished during that time, others are wondering is the session was necessary at all. Last week, CDC updated its guidelines for who should seek a COVID-19 test. This sudden change prompted KTVB to explore why testing in Idaho has decreased over the last several weeks. We also hear from a concerned father with children enrolled in the West Ada School District, who is not happy with the school board's decision to begin the year remotely.
Day 3 of the Idaho legislature's special session and lawmakers are trying to secure your right to in-person voting. If passed, a pandemic will no longer prevent you from going to a polling place. And, can you sue someone if you catch COVID-19? It's the second leg of the three-tiered special session - liability immunity. Right now, lawmakers are leaning toward preventing coronavirus lawsuits. We found out what one local personal injury attorney thinks about it. Plus, on this International Dog Day, we take you to North Idaho's Camas Prairie where a wood-built beagle has earned international attention of its own.
It was the calm before the storm at the statehouse today. All business until one man was taken into custody during a committee hearing. The entire scene caught on cam. We're hearing from Idaho State Police after yesterday's protests at statehouse. What they have to say about how they handled yesterday's crowds. And an Add the Words protester, arrested nearly a dozen times at the statehouse. Why he is questioning the decision not to make any arrests this time around.