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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage,ADVISORY, ID

December 15, 2018

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. The West Regional Desk can be reached at (602) 417-2400. Please submit your best stories through email to apboise@ap.org. Stories should be in plain text format.

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Idaho at 2:40 p.m.

IDAHO TEST REACTOR

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the U.S. Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory has performed 10 tests on nuclear fuel since late last year. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 929 words. With AP Photos.

MORMONS-SALT LAKE COUNTY

SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake County belong to the Mormon church, according to new figures that illustrate how Utah’s largest county is becoming more religiously diverse. Mormons account for 49 percent of the 1.1 million residents in Salt Lake County — the lowest percentage since at least the 1930s, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. That’s according to membership figures provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that include active and non-active members. SENT: 529 words.

POTATO RESEARCH

KIMBERLY — Andrew Hollingshead estimates he’s ruined 10 to 12 tons of potatoes. Now in the third year of his research project, the Ph.D. student will continue bruising, battering and dissecting tubers throughout the winter. But these unusual experiments are nothing new at the University of Idaho’s Kimberly Research & Extension Center. The center has been researching potatoes since the early ’90s. And it’s largely industry-driven. An AP Member Exchange by Heather Kennison, The Times-News. With AP Photos.

DISPATCHER-RETIREMENT RULES

NAMPA — Pam Myers is among the few dispatchers in Idaho to retire in that position. For 33 years, Myers has taken good and bad calls, first for the Caldwell Police Department starting in 1985 and then for 24 years with the Nampa Police Department. Stress and trauma from taking emergency calls can hinder dispatchers from reaching the required age and years worked to retire, the Idaho Press reports. In Idaho dispatchers are not eligible to retire until they’ve reached the Rule of 90, meaning their age plus years on the job equal 90. An AP Member Exchange by Emily Lowe, Idaho Press.

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