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Idaho at 1:15 p.m.


BOISE — An Idaho group of state and local political leaders launched a statewide effort on Wednesday to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize "historical horse racing." The group, known as Idaho United Against Prop 1, announced it was releasing TV and radio ads urging Idaho voters to oppose the ballot initiative in November. They created a political action committee to allow for political spending and fundraising last week with the secretary of state's office. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 680 words.


SALT LAKE CITY — Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base camp. Idaho prison officials are working with the state's lands department as they scrutinize which inmates are allowed to serve, the training they receive and how they are deployed, said Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray. Five crews of Idaho inmates were returned to prison after the charge was filed last week. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 472 words. With AP Photos.


TWIN FALLS — Two companies have asked the Idaho Transportation Department to allow heavier trucks on a dozen south-central Idaho bridges each year. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


JACKSON, Wyo. — Four convection columns of smoke rose more than 20,000 feet into the air as high winds whipped across eerily empty walkways around Old Faithful Inn. "In all directions that we looked, it looked like the world was coming to an end," Joan Anzelmo recalled. It was "Black Saturday," the name given to Aug. 20, 1988, when wildfires burned about 150,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park in a day. Thirty years later, Anzelmo stood in nearly the same spot at Old Faithful where she watched the smoke columns in 1988. Anzelmo served as Yellowstone's spokesperson throughout the historic fires. An AP Member Exchange by Frederica Kolwey, Jackson Hole News & Guide. SENT: 2240 words.


WEST YELLOWSTONE TRAFFIC: $50k study of traffic in West Yellowstone

TRENCH COLLAPSE-FATAL: Man dead following eastern Idaho trench collapse