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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, acting governor with Gov. Brad Little out of the state, has sent what she called a formal inquiry to the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concerning private health care businesses requiring their employees get COVID-19 vaccines.  McGeachin said the Biden administration could be behind the requirement.

Before he left the state, Governor Little said that Idaho ended its fiscal year with a surplus of nearly 900-million adding to the largest surplus in state history.  State revenue collections exceeded $5 billion for the first time, representing 24.2% growth.

An Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of a 19-year-old intern who accused another state lawmaker of rape will face a legislative ethics hearing over her actions.  The House Ethics and Policy Committee found probable cause that Rep. Priscilla Giddings engaged in conduct unbecoming a representative.

Grazing fees for cattle and sheep on state-owned land in Idaho could rise about 50% next year.  The Idaho Department of Lands presented a draft proposal to the Idaho Land Board that would be the first change in the grazing rate calculation since 1993. The board could take action later this year.

COVID 19 cases are rising significantly for Idaho.  Health and welfare director Dave Jeppsen said Statewide the average number of cases per 100,000 people went from a low of 3.3 on July 5 to 8.2 yesterday.  Jepsen said the vast majority of people testing positive and being admitted to the hospital are unvaccinated.

A bat caught in Blaine County tested positive for rabies.  The Health District is reminding residents to take precautions around bats and make sure their dogs, cats and horses are vaccinated for rabies. 

Twin Falls Police are joining more than 50 other law enforcement agencies in Idaho, to stop aggressive drivers. Through August 8, officers will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

SPORTS

Avery Williams, a Boise state Football Player has a new title.  Mountain West Male Athlete of the year.  BSU has now claimed seven such awards, among male and female honorees, the most of any other school since joining the conference for the 2011-12 season. Williams became just the third Bronco in school history to earn Consensus All-America accolades, joining offensive linemen Ryan Clady and Nate Potter.

WEATHER

Today

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday

Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 6 to 10 mph.

Friday

Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Saturday

Areas of smoke before 7am. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Sunday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Monday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.