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

May 16, 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 9 a.m.

TRANSGENDER INMATE-LAWSUIT

BOISE _ A federal appellate court hears arguments in a lawsuit brought by a transgender Idaho inmate who says the state is wrongly denying her gender confirmation surgery. By Rebecca Boone. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m.

OREGON-WOVLES-ENDANGERED STATUS

SALEM, Ore. _ Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon’s wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 740 words.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES-CONGRESS

BILLINGS, Mont. —Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-FEDERAL DECISION

LEWISTON — The federal government could decide by the end of May whether it will accept Idaho’s voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid eligibility. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Deputy Director Lisa Hettinger tells The Lewiston Tribune that the amended state plan was submitted to the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February. SENT: 380 words.

JAIL DEATH-REPORT

BURLEY _ Investigators say an inmate at an Idaho jail died after being left alone for three hours while suffering the effects of a drug overdose — far longer than the 15-minute interval checks required under jail policy. Thomas Rettew, 38, died of the overdose on Jan. 17 while in a holding cell at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center. SENT: 410 words.

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