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 Stories should be in plain text format.

A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Idaho at 3:10 p.m.


BOISE — On Idaho's eastern side, between Blackfoot, Arco and Idaho Falls, lies an 890-square-mile tract that has played a big role in shaping the state's economy, culture and politics. The land, which belongs to the U.S. Department of Energy, is commonly known as the Idaho National Laboratory site. In Idaho Falls, they simply call it "The Site." Some of the world's most important advancements in nuclear energy have taken place there over the past 70 years. It is still the nation's leading nuclear energy research laboratory, though its portfolio has diversified to include alternative energy and cybersecurity work. An AP Member Exchange by Sven Berg, Idaho Statesman. SENT: 1,218 words.


TACOMA — Something is killing bigleaf maples — Washington's biggest broadleaf tree — and scientists can't stop it. They don't even know what's causing it. "We've looked for everything we can possibly think of and what people smarter than us can think of," said Amy Ramsey, a forest pathologist with the state Department of Natural Resources. An AP Member Exchange by Craig Sailor, The News Tribune. 1,540 words.


HOUSE FIRE-FATAL: Man dead following central Idaho house fire, woman escapes