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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. The FBI began investigating the Idaho Correctional Center last year. The facility had been run by Corrections Corporation of America and was known for being so violent that inmates dubbed it "Gladiator School."

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land. The lawsuit contends the Forest Service made the decision without proper environmental analysis of the impact on the Selway Wild and Scenic River corridor.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has selected former state Sen. Bob Geddes as the new director of the Department of Administration. Geddes replaces former Director Teresa Luna, who resigned shortly after a district court ruled that the agency's $60 million school broadband contract was illegal.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Middleton city councilman has been sentenced to eight years in prison and will spend at least two years behind bars before being eligible for parole. The Idaho Statesman reports 56-year-old Bradley Spencer was sentenced for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

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