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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory, ID

May 15, 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.

Idaho at 1:45 p.m.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES-CONGRESS

BILLINGS, Mont. — Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-FEDERAL DECISION

LEWISTON — The federal government could decide by the end of May whether it will accept Idaho’s voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid eligibility. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Deputy Director Lisa Hettinger tells The Lewiston Tribune that the amended state plan was submitted to the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February. SENT: 144 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

JAIL DEATH-REPORT

BURLEY _ Investigators say an inmate at an Idaho jail died after being left alone for three hours while suffering the effects of a drug overdose — far longer than the 15-minute interval checks required under jail policy. Thomas Rettew, 38, died of the overdose on Jan. 17 while in a holding cell at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center. SENT: 410 words.

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