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.

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Idaho at 1:30 p.m.


BOISE — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. Researchers say firefighters might need better nutrition to stay fit and mentally sharp. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words. With AP Photo.


TWIN FALLS — Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but local businesses are scrambling to find workers. The College of Southern Idaho's Refugee Center is on track to resettle 71 people this year, a fraction of the 300 people it typically serves each fiscal year. It's received 64 refugees so far this year, with another family of seven expected next month. The fiscal year ends at the end of September. An AP Member Exchange by Gretel Kaufman, The Times-News. SENT: 556 words. With AP Photo.


NAMPA — Joanna Sherman knew she was home when she saw the sunflowers. Even though she did not have the money saved to put down a deposit and first month's rent on the small, two-bedroom Depot Bench house, she was taken with the unruly patch of bright yellow blossoms and fenced-in yard that would be perfect for her old black lab and young granddaughter to play in. Sherman dialed the number on the For Rent sign wedged in the front garden and hoped for a miracle. An AP Member Exchange by Margaret Carmel, Idaho Press. SENT: 2293 words.



TROY, Ala. — No. 22 Boise State and Troy open in a matchup of Group of Five conference teams coming off 11-win seasons. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m. CT.


LIVE GRENADE: Grenade found in trailer detonated in west-central Idaho

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: Police: 18 shots fired in drive-by shooting in S. Idaho

LAKE LOWELL-BACTERIA: Elevated bacteria levels found at Lake Lowell beach

CASINO ROBBERY-TATTOO: Man betrayed by tattoo gets 9 years for casino robbery