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BODY RECOVERED-SNAKE RIVER

Body recovered from Snake River

(Information in the following story is from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho have recovered the body of a 68-year-old Blackfoot man from the Snake River.

The Bingham County Sheriff's Office tells the Post Register that a search team recovered the body of Michael Birch at about noon on Saturday southwest of Blackfoot.

Authorities say the search started Friday night after Birch didn't return from a fishing trip.

IDAHO FALLS-LAWSUIT

E. Idaho family seeks damages from Idaho Falls

(Information in the following story is from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two eastern Idaho brothers have filed a tort claim seeking damages from Idaho Falls contending police used stun guns on them because they're black.

The Post Register reports that Victor Delosanto Madrigal and Victor Manuel Madrigal filed the tort claims Feb. 24.

Allissa Madrigal, the wife of Victor Manuel Madrigal, also filed a tort claim, a precursor to a lawsuit against a public entity.

Combined the claims seek about $280,000.

On Aug. 31, police responded to a noise complaint. Manuel Madrigal was arrested for battery on an officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Delosanto Madrigal was arrested for resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

In February, a jury acquitted Manuel Madrigal of all charges. The City Attorney's Office later dropped all charges against Delosanto Madrigal.

Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride says the officers' actions in August weren't racially motivated.

LAND EXCHANGE

Forest Service retirees oppose N. Idaho land swap

(Information in the following story is from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com)

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A group of about two dozen retired U.S. Forest Service employees has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee decrying a proposed northern Idaho land exchange.

The Spokesman-Review reports the group is concerned that Idaho's congressional delegation is pushing the land exchange through Congress.

The deal involves a combination of purchasing and trading public land to obtain about 40,000 acres of private land owned by Western Pacific Timber Co. in the upper Lochsa River basin.

The land includes habitat for threatened steelhead and bull trout, Canada lynx, elk and portions of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Explorers Lewis and Clark trekked the area in the early 1800s.

The group says the deal trades away popular recreation areas for inaccessible timberlands on the Idaho-Montana border.

TRAIN DERAILMENT

Derailment sends 45 empty coal cars off tracks

OLNEY, Mont. (AP) — A BNSF Railway train derailment in western Montana sent 45 empty coal cars off the tracks and closed a portion of U.S. Highway 93 near the town of Olney.

BNSF spokesman Matthew Jones says no one was injured when the eastbound train went off the tracks at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the derailed cars are on a bridge over the highway.

Jones says crews are working to clear the tracks and expect the road and tracks to be open by Sunday evening.

Amtrak's Empire Builder travels on those tracks. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says trains will be held in Spokane, Wash., and Whitefish until the tracks are cleared.

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