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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is weighing three finalists as he decides who to nominate for Boise's chief of police. Bieter spokesman Mike Journee tells the Idaho Statesman that the mayor plans to announce the nomination by early January though the decision could come before the holidays. The City Council must confirm his choice. Mike Masterson is retiring next month after a decade as chief.

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it after a lengthy pursuit. Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a safety risk. The cow had escaped from Anderson Custom Pack on Friday afternoon.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Nearly 20 south-central Idaho educators will help evaluate which standardized test questions public school students will see next spring. Starting today, Idaho's Bias and Sensitivity Committee will meet for the first time to review more than 30,000 test items for the standardized test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The snows inside Yellowstone National Park haven't been enough to prompt the bison to leave the park boundaries yet, but discussion about what to do with the bison outside the park hasn't lessened. Ranchers fear bison will spread disease to domestic cattle herds and support hunting or capture-and-slaughter as control the bison. But conservationists don't like the practice of killing the bison.

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