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BC-Idaho News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am

December 28, 2018

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.

INTERNET OUTAGE

BOISE — Many CenturyLink customers across the U.S. were without internet Thursday amid a lengthy outage that even affected some Verizon customers. The outage began early in the day but by late Thursday night, the company tweeted that its engineers had identified a “network element” that was affecting services and expected to fully restore services within hours. SENT: 291 words.

IDAHO AIRMEN-WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS

BOISE — The families of three Idaho airmen who died in a fiery crash on Interstate 84 have filed tort claims against the Idaho Transportation Department. SENT: 311 words.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-IDAHO

BOISE — Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort. Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr said the agency expects to submit its amended state Medicaid plan to the federal government for approval by Feb. 15. An AP Member Exchange by William L. Spence, The Lewiston Tribune. SENT: 452 words.

QUAKE LAKE BIGHORNS

CAMERON, Mont. — If there’s anything better than seeing a bighorn ram, horns fully curled, it’s seeing 12. The number seemed to keep growing on a recent morning here, the tan bodies of wild sheep standing out against the steep white slope at the southern end of the Madison Range. Ewes and lambs were grouped up. Rams were interspersed throughout, and some wandered around alone, looking every bit majestic. And, every time it seemed they’d been counted, Julie Cunningham, a biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, spotted another. An AP Member Exchange by Michael Wright, Bozeman Daily Chronicle. SENT: 1867 words. With AP Photos.

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