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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ID

May 17, 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.

Idaho at 8:35 a.m.

TRANSGENDER INMATE-SURGERY LAWSUIT

BOISE _ Attorneys for Idaho prison officials argued Thursday that a transgender inmate who is suing for access to gender confirmation surgery is too mentally unstable to receive the irreversible medical procedure. Lawyer Brady Hall told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Idaho has no policy barring gender confirmation surgery for transgender inmates and that the Department of Correction specifically allows the treatment if it’s deemed medically appropriate. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 675 words.

FIRE SHELTERS

BOISE — An effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday said the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use. SENT: 494 words.

OREGON-WOLVES-ENDANGERED STATUS

SALEM, Ore. — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 650 words.

ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 928 words.

COLD CASE MURDER ARREST

IDAHO FALLS — Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a family tree. SENT: 462 words.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. By Anthony Izaguirre and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 980 words. WITH AP Photos.

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ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. _ As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 930 words. WITH AP Photos.

YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. _ From worker morale to preservation of the park’s natural wonders, new Yellowstone National Park superintendent Cam Sholly spoke with a singular philosophical theme. “We’re not just providing vacations,” he said. “We’re inspiring people.” By Lew Freedman of the Cody Enterprise. SENT: 950 words.

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BC-SOF--HALEY’S HOPE

The darkness rolls in like an invisible fog, draping over every thought, compounding until the internal agony becomes unbearable. Haley Harrison built a facade to mask its clutches, swallowing the mental torment to avoid any appearance of weakness. A senior softball player at Idaho State, she had been taught all her life to be mentally strong, to tamp down vulnerabilities. Three times the darkness — and the weight of trying to suppress it — overwhelmed Harrison. Her exhausted mind saw no way out except through the bottom of a pill bottle. With Harrison’s third suicide attempt came an escape route. She got a proper diagnosis, not just the “you’re depressed” she heard so many times. She received the help, the medication she needed to avoid following the path her brother took more than a decade ago. By John Marshall. SENT: 1443 words. With AP Photos.

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