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 Stories should be in plain text format.

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Idaho at 8:30 a.m.


BOISE — An Idaho Republican state lawmaker who was under investigation for possible sexual abuse, died in an apparent suicide, according to authorities on Tuesday. Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said Brandon Hixon was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Caldwell home early Tuesday morning. A family member discovered his remains. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 482 words. With AP Photo.


BOISE — Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday underwent anti-harassment training following the wave of sexual misconduct allegations across state legislatures, businesses and entertainment industry. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 447 words. With AP Photo.


LAS VEGAS — The Nevada rancher who had his charges dismissed in a 2014 armed standoff with government agents insisted Tuesday that it's up to the states, not the federal officials, how to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 693 words. With AP Photos.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers want to create an individual health care mandate at the state level — in response to Washington gutting it at the federal level — and turn it into a down payment for people to pay for health insurance. By Brian White. SENT: 629 words. With AP Photo.


COEUR D'ALENE — Thieves stole a package from the front door of a northern Idaho home containing a blanket knit by a woman for her granddaughter, and later they returned the empty package, the family said. SENT: 206 words.



FRESNO, Calif. — Chandler Hutchison had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for his eighth double-double of the season, Alex Hobbs scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and Boise State beat Fresno State 70-64 on Tuesday night. SENT: 215 words.


DAMS-SALMON: Judge OKs plan to boost spill at Columbia and Snake dams

MURDER PLOT-ARREST: Police: Southwest Idaho woman plotted to have husband killed

JUDGE DIES: S. Idaho district court judge dies after battling cancer

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE-SEXUAL BATTERY: S. Idaho high school employee charged with sexual battery

DOUBLE HOMICIDE: Nampa police identify 2 men found dead from gunshot wounds

MOOSE POACHING-NEVADA REWARD: Third poaching of moose in 3 years reported in Nevada

INMATE DEATH: Montana man dies in Idaho custody, investigation planned