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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage, ID

January 1, 2019

Good morning! 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 1 a.m.

GUN INITIATIVE-AGE LIMIT

SEATTLE _ Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 620 words. With AP Photos.

TURTLE-PUPPY-TRIAL

PRESTON, Idaho _ The jury trial involving a Preston Junior High School biology teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students begins Thursday. The teacher, Robert Crosland, was charged in Franklin County with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty in June, the Idaho State Journal reports. The charges were filed after allegations surfaced that he fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of a small group of students at the school in March. Crosland pleaded not guilty in July. SENT: 230 words.

SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

WASHINGTON _ Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. “It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said by telephone Monday, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 940 words. With AP Photos.

ALSO:

_INTERLOCK DEVICES-IDAHO LAW: An Idaho law has gone into effect that requires ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of first-time convicted drunken drivers.

_PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Idaho State Police say a woman died after she was struck by a vehicle near Northside Boulevard in Nampa.

_FATAL CRASH: A 70-year-old Coeur d’Alene man died in a single-vehicle crash near Post Falls.

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