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BC-Idaho News Coverage Advisory

March 16, 2019

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.

2:45 p.m.

REFERENDUM LAW

BOISE, Idaho _ The face of a failed voter initiative to reinstate historic horse racing in Idaho is now lobbying in favor of a bill that would make it harder for citizens to propose laws and put them on the ballot. John Sheldon, the former president of Treasure Valley Racing, which operated Les Bois Park, has been advising Sen. Scott Grow, R-Eagle, on his bill to nearly double the number of signatures required to qualify an initiative and cut the time a campaign has to get them by two-thirds. By James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio. SENT: 840 words.

COOKIE QUEEN

POST FALLS, Idaho _ Mikayla Butler is so good at selling Girl Scout Cookies, even the sweet-smelling candles in her house remind visitors that it’s time to put in their orders. An AP Member exchange by Devin Weeks of the Coeur d’Alene Press. SENT: 700 words moved in advance for use Saturday, March 16 and thereafter.

BLIZZARD KILLS COWS

YAKIMA, Wash. - The unexpected blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley on Feb. 9 was just one more clobbering for the region’s dairy farms. The number of dairy farms in the state has plummeted from 2,500 in 1993 to 377 in 2018, according to the Washington Farm Bureau, which represents the mostly family-owned businesses. Four years of low milk prices have led numerous farmers to call it quits. An AP Member Exchange by Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times. 1,400 words. AP Photos.

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