Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Evacuations have been ordered in northern Idaho as a group of wildfires threatens more homes. Fire managers told residents near the town of Weippe late yesterday to flee the fires that have scorched 63 square miles. A high school is being used to shelter evacuees. Idaho has 17 large fires burning across the state today.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Labor says a slight increase in the number of people entering the job market for the third month in a row increased Idaho's unemployment rate to 4.1 percent in July. The agency says July's unemployment rate increased by one-tenth percent. Nationally, July's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former financial aid director is pleading guilty to charges related to offering students college foundation money in exchange for sex. The Spokesman-Review reports 37-year-old Joseph Bekken pleaded guilty, saying in court that he misused public money and used a computer in a scheme to defraud.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An 18-year-old man is in custody on a second-degree murder charge in the death of a man found on an Idaho Falls park play structure. The Post Register reports Brian Mitchell was arrested yesterday and appeared before a judge via video that afternoon. His bond was set at $500,000. Police say the victim, Deraek Larson, was stabbed more than 20 times.

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