Prison overcrowding puts pinch on Idaho inmates

Karnes County Detention Center, a private jail in Texas where 250 Idaho inmates now are being housed; the state is planning to send another 56 Idaho prisoners there shortly for lack of cell space in Idaho. Idaho Department of Correction

BOISE — There’s a reason Idaho prison officials say shipping inmates out of state as a way to deal with prison overcrowding is a “last resort.”

Judge’s ruling on sex abuse fraud case expected soon

BOISE — Eight years after the Idaho Supreme Court dismissed their claim for damages against the Boy Scouts of America, three victims of decades-old childhood sexual abuse are once again seeking justice through Idaho’s legal system. To find it, they’ve launched a novel legal claim involving fraud. Attorneys debated it for hours in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on Friday afternoon.

Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

File - This undated file photo provided by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows a wolf-like animal that was shot on May 16, 2018, after it was spotted in a private pasture with livestock near Denton, Mont. The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it near Denton in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter and its ears bigger than normally seen on wolves. Officials said in a statement Monday, June 18, 2018, that an inspection of the animal at its wildlife health laboratory revealed it to be a relatively normal looking wolf. DNA tests confirmed that the animal was a gray wolf. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf.

U.S. could back 1st pot-derived medicine

In this April 23, 2018, photo, Meagan Patrick kisses her daughter, Addelyn Patrick, 5, in the playroom at Realm of Caring in Colorado Springs, Colo. Addelyn was born with a brain malformation and suffers from multiple forms of seizures. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide soon whether to give its first approval to a prescription drug made from the marijuana plant. But parents, including Meagan, who have used other products containing chemicals from the plant to treat their children’s severe forms of epilepsy are feeling more cautious than celebratory. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory.

Signs of global warming are all around you

David Inouye poses for a photo in Gothic, Colo., in the Rocky Mountains area he studies on May 1, 2018. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. In 2018, plants and animals are arriving at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab a week or two earlier than they were 30 years ago. The robins that used to arrive in early April ago now show up in mid-March. Marmots end their winter slumber ever earlier. (AP Photo/Peter Banda)

GOTHIC, Colo. (AP) — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist.

Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley for sale — again

FILE - This undated file photo provided by GWS Auctions, Inc. shows a private jet once owned by Elvis Presley, on a runway in New Mexico. The private jet that sat on the runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block. The online auction site IronPlanet announced that the plane with red velvet seats had returned to the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000. (GWS Auctions, Inc. via AP, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.

Wool, mohair program makes stop at Navajo Nation

FILE - In this May 5, 2009, file photo, Chalula, a Navajo-Churro sheep, has her wool sheared by David Melcon, chief sheep shearer, during the annual sheep shearing event at the Children's Zoo Family Farm at the San Francisco Zoo in San Francisco. The San Francisco Zoo sends the wool to a Native American Reservation where it will be used for traditional weaving. This helps ensure the culture and rituals of weaving among the Native American tribes continues. A new program designed to promote the purchase of wool and mohair from producers on the Navajo Nation is returning to the reservation as part of a project developed through a partnership between Black Mesa Water Coalition and Diné College's Land Grand Office. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A program designed to promote the purchase of wool and mohair from producers on the Navajo Nation has returned to the reservation as part of a project developed through a partnership between Black Mesa Water Coalition and Dine College’s Land Grant Office.

Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect

in this photo provided by the Department of the Interior Blackfeet Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes, left, signs documents related to a water agreement for the tribe as U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke looks on during a signing ceremony at the Department of Interior, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The $471 million agreement was decades in the making. (Tami Heilemann/Department of the Interior via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe.

Nonprofit uses indigenous healing practices for addiction

New Day Inc. staff, from left, Phillene Whiteman-Lacee, Liz Fuller, Cheryl Moats-DeCamp and Dana LeClair, pictured Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in front of the Eagles Nest Healing Center in Billings, Mont. (Casey Page/The Gazette via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — For more than two decades, the New Day Ranch has been known for the treatment and education services it provides to youth and their families.

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