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By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 26, 2015 at 1:31 a.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials aren't ruling out that new state parks could be named after private companies that give large donations or sponsorships, but a recently proposed set of rules would severely limit business' ability to acquire naming rights. Under the new rules, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation board would not be allowed to consider naming a new state park simply based on the amount of a donation. Instead, the rules state the naming should be based on location, topography, natural resources and other historically known characteristics.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An inversion trapping smoke from a group of fires in northern Idaho near Kamiah has slowed the flames and given firefighters a chance to strengthen fire lines. Officials say crews are mopping up hot spots, but teams are mostly on patrol status on the fires that have scorched 74 square miles and destroyed 42 homes. The National Interagency Fire Center says 17 large fires are burning in Idaho.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An 86-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting a woman in Twin Falls. Paul Welch is facing a first-degree murder charge. The relationship between 81-year-old Barbara Chitwood and Welch is unknown. Welch was taken to a nearby hospital after the shooting. The nature of his injuries has not yet been released.

SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho (AP) — A caretaker at a northern Idaho assisted living facility has been accused of sexually assaulting two bedridden residents at the center. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 49-year-old Phillip Smalley was arrested. The alleged victims are 102 and 82. Spirit Lake Police say Smalley has been a caretaker at the Spirit Lake facility for six weeks.

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