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Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:29pm

It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon.

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:01pm

Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday.

Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:28pm

As the country looks for ways to deal with mass shootings at schools, some have responded by saying more people should carry guns, including teachers.

AP Exclusive: Accidental shootings show police training gaps

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:01pm

When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally fired his weapon as a dog approached. The bullet went through the woman’s arm and into her chest, killing her as her family watched in horror.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:40am

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British Columbia-based Midas Gold's lobbying efforts after initial rebuffs from the Forest Service. The report involves the potential effect on salmon protected under the Endangered Species Act. The report could sink the project if it results in restoration work making the mines economically unfeasible. Midas Gold says it's normal for a company to write such a report and makes the process more inclusive and transparent.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:20am

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British Columbia-based Midas Gold's lobbying efforts after initial rebuffs from the Forest Service. The report involves the potential effect on salmon protected under the Endangered Species Act. The report could sink the project if it results in restoration work making the mines economically unfeasible. Midas Gold says it's normal for a company to write such a report and makes the process more inclusive and transparent.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:20am

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British Columbia-based Midas Gold's lobbying efforts after initial rebuffs from the Forest Service. The report involves the potential effect on salmon protected under the Endangered Species Act. The report could sink the project if it results in restoration work making the mines economically unfeasible. Midas Gold says it's normal for a company to write such a report and makes the process more inclusive and transparent.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:40am

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British Columbia-based Midas Gold's lobbying efforts after initial rebuffs from the Forest Service. The report involves the potential effect on salmon protected under the Endangered Species Act. The report could sink the project if it results in restoration work making the mines economically unfeasible. Midas Gold says it's normal for a company to write such a report and makes the process more inclusive and transparent.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:20am

The Department of Energy has awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. The Tri-City Herald reports the winning bidder for the new Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract announced Thursday is a team of Aecom Management Services in Maryland; Fluor Federal Services in South Carolina; and Atkins Nuclear Secured in Tennessee. The work includes digging up contaminated soil and debris, tearing down defunct buildings with radioactive or hazardous chemical contamination, operating lined landfills for radioactive and hazardous chemical waste, and cleaning up contaminated groundwater.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:40am

The Department of Energy has awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. The Tri-City Herald reports the winning bidder for the new Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract announced Thursday is a team of Aecom Management Services in Maryland; Fluor Federal Services in South Carolina; and Atkins Nuclear Secured in Tennessee. The work includes digging up contaminated soil and debris, tearing down defunct buildings with radioactive or hazardous chemical contamination, operating lined landfills for radioactive and hazardous chemical waste, and cleaning up contaminated groundwater.

Hill scores 14 to carry Tulsa over Boise St. 69-56

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:54pm

Freshman Isaiah Hill, a backup guard, had 14 points as Tulsa defeated Boise State 69-56 on Wednesday night.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:20am

A new federal report has found that the number of kids who say they’ve been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. But the Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Wednesday found that remarkably high rates of sexual victimization persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida. Nationwide, about 7% of kids reported being sexually victimized in juvenile facilities last year. That compares with about 9.5% in 2012, the last time the federal survey was done. Advocates say there's been progress, but sexual violence remains commonplace. At one facility in Florida, just over 26 percent of youth reported being sexually victimized in the past 12 months.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:40am

A new federal report has found that the number of kids who say they’ve been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. But the Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Wednesday found that remarkably high rates of sexual victimization persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida. Nationwide, about 7% of kids reported being sexually victimized in juvenile facilities last year. That compares with about 9.5% in 2012, the last time the federal survey was done. Advocates say there's been progress, but sexual violence remains commonplace. At one facility in Florida, just over 26 percent of youth reported being sexually victimized in the past 12 months.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 3:20am

Idaho prison officials have updated their administrative rules to ensure secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs. The rule forbids the Idaho Department of Correction from disclosing information that prison officials believe could jeopardize the ability to carry out an execution. It's not clear what that will mean for a lawsuit brought by a University of Idaho professor who is seeking access to lethal injection documents. A lower court judge has ordered the state to turn over the documents, but prison officials have appealed. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:40am

Idaho prison officials have updated their administrative rules to ensure secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs. The rule forbids the Idaho Department of Correction from disclosing information that prison officials believe could jeopardize the ability to carry out an execution. It's not clear what that will mean for a lawsuit brought by a University of Idaho professor who is seeking access to lethal injection documents. A lower court judge has ordered the state to turn over the documents, but prison officials have appealed. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:20am

A state survey of Idaho youth shows that 22% of high school students say they've seriously considered suicide. That remains the highest rate measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in a decade. The survey also found fewer teens reported being bullied on school property, smoking or having sex than in previous years. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:40am

A state survey of Idaho youth shows that 22% of high school students say they've seriously considered suicide. That remains the highest rate measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in a decade. The survey also found fewer teens reported being bullied on school property, smoking or having sex than in previous years. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:40am

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tells Gov. Jay Inslee it will try "previously unused tools" to protect cattle and avoid shooting wolves in the Kettle River Range. But Capital Press reports the department did not specify any new tactics. The department was responding to Inslee's complaint that recurrent culling of wolves in the northeast Washington mountain range is unacceptable.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 1:20am

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tells Gov. Jay Inslee it will try "previously unused tools" to protect cattle and avoid shooting wolves in the Kettle River Range. But Capital Press reports the department did not specify any new tactics. The department was responding to Inslee's complaint that recurrent culling of wolves in the northeast Washington mountain range is unacceptable.