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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The increasing number of oil trains in northern Idaho has local governments looking at their emergency plans. The Spokesman-Review reports that a $36,000 federal grant is helping communities assess the risk and update emergency action plans. Public buildings and water intakes are along the train route.
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Three children in the Moscow School District have been diagnosed with whooping cough, less than a month after a mumps outbreak in the same area. Superintendent Greg Bailey says students at both an elementary school and high school were diagnosed with pertussis. He urges parents to make sure their children's shots are up to date.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New Idaho Roman Catholic Bishop Peter Christensen says he's learning Spanish in an effort to serve the state's growing Hispanic Catholic community. Hispanics make up between 25 percent to more than 50 percent of the religion's followers in Idaho, depending on the region of the state.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An advocacy group is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot area of Idaho and Montana. The Center for Biological Diversity says it hopes to revive a recovery plan that's been on the shelf since 2000. It says the 16-million-acre area could support 300 to 600 bears.