BC-Idaho News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am
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 8:30 a.m.
SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land management documents released by the U.S. Interior Department show the administration intends to open more areas to leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of greater sage grouse. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 524 words. With AP Photo.
IDAHO FALLS _ A man who planned to murder his son has been sentenced to prison in eastern Idaho. UPCOMING: 250 words.
BOISE — Boise officials have approved an $11.1 million contract with a famed architect to work from start to finish on the $85 million new main library. The Idaho Press reports that the Boise City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the contract with Moshe Safdie’s firm on the library that’s scheduled to be finished in the spring of 2012. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
AVISTA-HYDRO ONE SALE
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state utility regulators on Wednesday denied the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Spokane-based Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said the proposed merger with Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd. doesn’t adequately protect Avista or the utility’s customers from political or financial risk, and that isn’t in the public’s interest. SENT: 390 words.
CAR FIRE-CHILD DIES: Woman gets 20 years after car fire kills daughter