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

By The Associated Press | Updated - May 21, 2020 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - May 21, 2020 at 1:40 a.m.



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t put an Idaho transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery on hold while a lawsuit over the procedure moves forward. Thursday's order means Adree Edmo can continue getting pre-surgical treatments and potentially even gender confirmation surgery while Idaho officials wait to hear if the high court will consider their appeal. Edmo has been housed in a men’s prison since 2012. She sued three years ago, contending prison officials’ refusal to provide her with gender confirmation surgery causes her severe harm. But attorneys for prison officials and Idaho Gov. Brad Little say the surgery isn't medically necessary and the state shouldn't have to provide it.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years. A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey attributes the decreases to radioactive decay, changes in waste-disposal methods, cleanup efforts and dilution from water coming into the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The contamination originated at an 890-square-mile U.S. Department of Energy site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory. The report says contamination levels at all but a handful of nearly 180 wells are below acceptable standards for drinking water as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups say an 18-square-mile forest project approved by the U.S. Forest Service in northern Idaho harms wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to stop the Brebner Flat Project in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Forest Service officials say the project includes logging and other work needed to improve forest health and lessen the severity of a potential wildfire. The environmental groups say the Forest Service's analysis failed to include the potential effects on grizzly bears or a wild river corridor. The U.S. Department of Justice said it's reviewing the lawsuit and didn’t offer a comment.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A Nampa man has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he stabbed his 92-year-old mother. The Idaho Press reports 73-year-old Danial Fairchild is being held on $1 million bond in connection with the Tuesday evening stabbing. Nampa police say they found Fairchild and the injured woman when they responded to a home in Nampa. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, and her current condition was not released. He has not yet had the opportunity to enter a plea, and court records don’t show the name of his attorney. Fairchild is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 2.

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