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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory, ID

May 5, 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.

Idaho at 2:30 p.m.

TRAVEL-CUBA CRACKDOWN

SPOKANE _ The 2020 U.S. presidential elections seem impossibly remote as nine Americans weave their kayaks through a thick red mangrove forest on Cuba’s southern coast. They navigate the tight pathways made by these saline-loving trees, admiring long-legged flamingos and pelicans, alongside the nearly 300 other bird species found in this area. An AP Member exchange by Eli Francovich of The Spokesman-Review. SENT: 1500 words moved in advance.

KANSAS-INMATES HEALTHCARE

TOPEKA, Kan._ The company that provides health care for Kansas prison inmates frequently did not meet standards of care required by its contract with the state, according to an analysis of hundreds of pages of data. Corizon, the nation’s largest for-profit medical provider for prisons and jails, has faced issues in other states. In December, Idaho’s state Board of Correction voted to extend its $46 million-plus-a-year contract with Corizon for two years, but the board also voted to immediately launch a process to take the contract out to bid at the end of the two-year extension, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported. Idaho has faced multiple lawsuits and court orders over inmate health care. SENT: 650 words.

ALSO:

FATAL CRASH-WASP: Idaho State Police say a passenger in a car died after a wasp flew into the vehicle and it overturned into a creek.

TRAIN HITS PEDESTRIAN: Idaho authorities say a train hit and killed a pedestrian.