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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory, ID

March 22, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Idaho. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Boise bureau at (208) 343-1894.

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BALLOT INITIATIVES

BOISE _ Legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot has narrowly passed the Senate. Senators voted 18-17 on Friday to send to the House the bill put forward by Republican Sen. Scott Grow. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-IDAHO

BOISE _ A piece of Medicaid expansion legislation introduced Friday is already dead, but the sponsor says it will form the basis for an interim study. The House Health and Welfare Committee introduced and voted 10-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, which sought to help pay for Medicaid expansion in Idaho by redirecting money that counties spend to pay medical bills for uninsured residents who seek care. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 490 words.

EXECUTION RECORDS-LAWSUIT

BOISE _ A federal judge says Idaho prison officials must turn over public records that show where they obtained lethal injection drugs used in the execution of Richard Leavitt. The ruling is a win for a University of Idaho professor who sued for those and other documents last year. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 600 words.

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BKW-NCAA CORVALLIS

There’s something somewhat encouraging Boise State can point to when it comes to facing Oregon State in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament: The Broncos beat Washington 73-69 in December at the Husky Classic in Seattle. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 800 words. WITH AP Photos.