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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke with screenwriter Mark Boal about his decision to leave his military base in Afghanistan, his subsequent 5-year imprisonment by the Taliban and the prisoner swap that secured his return to the United States. About 25 hours of Boal's interviews were shared with Sarah Koenig for her popular podcast, "Serial." The first episode was released this week.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with Idaho State University and South Dakota State University say a new agreement between the two institutions will help students earn an advanced nuclear engineering degree in just five years. The memorandum of understanding reduces the time to earn a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in nuclear engineering by one year. The new plan has no expected costs because the expenses will be covered through the students' tuition.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Andrus Center for Public Policy has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to bring together federal, state, tribal and other entities to find ways to reduce the severity of rangeland wildfires. The center will receive $100,000 a year over five years to host a series of small workshops and conferences that will also look at ways to restore fire-damaged landscapes.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Ada County mother faces three charges of felony injury to a child after she was accused of driving drunk and leaving her three children at home. The Idaho Statesman reports that Tabitha See, of Kuna, was booked into the Ada County jail without bond. The kids have been placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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