BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says state prison officials must turn over information about where they got lethal injection drugs used in recent executions. The high court’s ruling Friday was a win for a University of Idaho professor who studies how the public interacts with the death penalty. She filed a public records request with the Idaho Department of Correction in 2017 seeking execution-related records. The department largely denied the request, later arguing in court that releasing information about the source of lethal injection drugs could make it harder for the state to obtain them for future executions. The Idaho Supreme Court said the records were required to be released under the state’s public records law.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.5% as about 5,400 nonfarm workers regained jobs in October. The Idaho Department of Labor said Friday that about 864,000 Idaho residents are employed and that about 50,000 are looking for work as the surging coronavirus pandemic continues hampering the economy. The unemployment rate for October fell from September’s 6.1%. Officials say seven industry sectors saw some job gains, led by leisure and hospitality with an increase of 4.9%. Nonfarm jobs are at about 763,000. Officials say that’s the first time since last spring’s pandemic-related job losses that nonfarm jobs equaled or exceeded levels from the previous year.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State Public Radio reports that Idaho has not included claims from jobless residents on federal unemployment programs in its weekly unemployment reports. The story said that anyone who files a claim for the first time is counted as an initial claim. The radio station reports that Idaho residents who only qualify for federal benefits have not been counted in the state’s weekly report of continued claims. The Idaho Department of Labor said in a statement that other states had the ability to set up a new, separate system to handle unemployment claims for the federal programs, one that Idaho did not partake in.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hunting license sales in Idaho are up as more residents seek a way to safely get out of the house without contracting COVID-19. Wildlife officials say that has led to inexperienced hunters misidentifying and killing moose and a grizzly bear. Officials say poaching has increased in northern Idaho but remained at normal levels in other areas. Department of Fish and Game Enforcement Chief Greg Wooten said the agency has been using fake deer to catch violators around the state. For those who are caught, the penalty can be a loss of hunting privileges. The ban can range from a year to a lifetime if the offense is serious enough.