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JEROME, Idaho (AP) — A Jerome man convicted of killing his ex-wife more than 30 years ago has been released from prison. KTVB-TV reports that Jaimi Charboneau walked out of Jerome County Jail last night after a judge vacated Charboneau's conviction and sentence, ruling that the state hid significant evidence. Charboneau was convicted of murder in 1985 in the killing of Marilyn Arbaugh, his ex-wife. He was sentenced to death but was later resentenced to life in prison. He says the shooting was in self-defense.

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A drug, alcohol and mental illness treatment center for residents in north-central Idaho could open as early as this summer. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Latah Recovery Center is one of four funded by the Idaho Legislature based on a $500,000 request from the Idaho Association of Counties. Latah, Ada, Canyon and Gem counties will each receive $125,000 to cover the one-year startup costs for the centers.

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — A man who admitted he beat his girlfriend to death has pleaded guilty in Caldwell to second-degree murder. Two additional charges were dropped against 39-year-old Alfredo Martinez in exchange for his plea yesterday. Martinez told police last summer he hit Selena Thomas with a hammer and shoved her into a dresser when she stepped toward him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. The assistance will go to areas of the West that are rated in the highest categories of drought, including parts of Idaho. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the aid yesterday.

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