BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation of the Corrections Corporation of America over the company's running of an Idaho prison that inmates dubbed "Gladiator School." The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA has operated Idaho's largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park administrators say shipments of wild bison to slaughter are done for the winter after almost 600 animals were removed. The removals were part of an ongoing effort to reduce Yellowstone's herds to about 3,000 animals under an agreement with Montana. Wildlife advocates contend the program is unnecessary, citing research that says Yellowstone could support more bison than the 4,600 counted last summer.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would allow Idaho farmers to use prison-inmate labor when there is a farmworker shortage is before the Idaho state Senate. It would allow inmates to help grow, harvest or process perishable Idaho farm commodities. The bill stipulates that the labor cannot result in employed workers in the region being displaced.
SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) — A former Lincoln County commissioner and secretary for the Shoshone City and Rural Fire Protection District is accused of stealing money meant for the fire department. Jay Loesche is charged with two counts of felony grand theft and felony insurance fraud. Authorities say he transferred money from the fire department's account to his own bank account, including $1,700 for repairs to his own truck.
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