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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory, ID

May 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.

Idaho at 1:30 p.m.

TRANSGENDER INMATE-SURGERY LAWSUIT

BOISE _ Attorneys for Idaho prison officials say a transgender inmate who is suing for access to gender confirmation surgery is too mentally unstable to receive the irreversible medical procedure. Attorney Brady Hall told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that despite a lower court’s ruling, Idaho has no policy barring gender confirmation surgery for transgender inmates. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. By Anthony Izaguirre and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 980 words. WITH AP Photos.

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ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. _ As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 930 words. WITH AP Photos.

YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. _ From worker morale to preservation of the park’s natural wonders, new Yellowstone National Park superintendent Cam Sholly spoke with a singular philosophical theme. “We’re not just providing vacations,” he said. “We’re inspiring people.” By Lew Freedman of the Cody Enterprise. SENT: 950 words.

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