Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

By The Associated Press | Updated - Nov. 7, 2019 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 7, 2019 at 1:40 a.m.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a homeless man accused of fatally beating someone in a park last month. The Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday that 27-year-old Andrew Garcia was charged on suspicion of murder and other charges. The evaluation is meant to test if a defendant is mentally fit for trial. Garcia remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 27.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has asked most state agencies to trim their current budgets by 1% and prepare for more cuts in the coming year. The Idaho Press reports Little didn't make the request of K-12 public schools. He sent a memo to other state agencies late last month last month asking them to identify another 2% base reduction in their budgets for the coming year.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has granted a conditional waiver to the U.S. Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The agreement announced Thursday by Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both Republicans, means the Idaho National Laboratory could get spent fuel for experiments as part of a U.S. strategy to expand nuclear power.

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — An attorney for a Colorado man charged in the beating death of his fiancee says the prosecution's star witness struck a plea deal to avoid a lengthy prison sentence. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports attorney Adam Steigerwald tried to poke holes in Krystal Lee's testimony on Thursday during the murder trial of 33-year-old Patrick Frazee, who has denied killing 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. Lee pleaded guilty to evidence tampering, a low-level felony in Colorado.

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