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DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a locker room sexual assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town. District Court Judge Randy Stoker issued his decision Friday in the case of John R.K. Howard, now living in Texas. Howard, who is white, is the only accused assailant whose criminal case was handled in adult court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a former Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter won't have to testify during the 2nd trial involving last winter's occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Prosecutors want jurors to hear a portion of the reporter's January 2016 interview with occupation leader Ryan Bundy, and subpoenaed the reporter to testify about its authenticity. OPB and the reporter asserted journalist's privilege
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has voted to tell Wyoming and federal wildlife officials to stop feeding elk outside Yellowstone National Park. The resolution passed 50-0 Friday over concerns that the feeding grounds increase the spread of chronic wasting disease and other diseases that can be spread north into Montana.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But the jury also said the company, formerly called Corrections Corporation of America, doesn't have to pay any damages for the problem because the inmates who sued failed to prove that the understaffing happened in the hours before they were brutally attacked by a prison gang.
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