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Local News 4/1/24

After failing to meet their adjournment target for the second time this year, Idaho legislators are taking a long holiday weekend.  Both of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho Senate are taking today off.   They will be back to work tomorrow morning. When the Idaho Senate killed a major transportation budget on Thursday, that meant legislators would miss their new target to adjourn on March 29.  They hope to iron all that out and adjourn by Friday.

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration is saying over $6.3 million in funds is headed to the state to improve the internet.  It will address the affordability and availability of high-speed internet and digital devices, improving digital equity across the state.

House Bill 753 passed in the Idaho State House of Representatives on Friday.  It would make it a crime to enter the state illegally and provide civil immunity for officials and contractors working to enforce immigration laws.  It now moves to the Idaho State Senate.

Idaho Immunization Coalition says Idaho risks losing herd immunity if it doesn't increase its immunization rates.  They say the key to improving numbers is to meet one on one to answer people's questions while providing affordable shots close to home.  If you have questions about immunizations, their cost or availability, talk to your doctor or any pharmacist.

Chad Daybell is in the Ada County Jail awaiting his trial that starts today. It starts with Jury selection.  He faces the death penalty.  He is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder of his wife, Tammy Daybell, and for JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. JJ and Tylee were the children of his now-wife Lori Vallow Daybell.

Rupert Resident Bradley Allen Pedersen will spend five years in federal prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.  He thought he was communicating with a 14 year old girl but was an undercover investigator.  When released he will have 10 years of supervision. 

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