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Idaho at 9:50 a.m.

PRISON LAWSUIT-GHOST WORKERS

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge says a lawsuit brought by a group of Idaho inmates against private prison company Corrections Corporation of America can move forward after finding that the inmates' claims of understaffing and poor management of gangs were plausible. But U.S. District Judge said two inmates in the group couldn't be part of the lawsuit because they didn't fully use the prison's grievance system for dealing with problems before taking their issues to court. By Rebecca Boone.

CHILD FATALITY REVIEW

BOISE — Idaho is no longer the only state without a panel that reviews circumstances surrounding child deaths. The 13-member Idaho Child Fatality Review Team was re-invigorated this year following an executive order from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to focus on ways to prevent kids from dying. Its next meeting is July 12, to review cases of children who died in automobile accidents, in hopes of helping prevent future fatalities.

BOY SCOUTS-GAYS

In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting. To date, it's far from the mass defection that some conservatives had predicted before the May 23 vote by the BSA's National Council. But the exodus could soon swell, depending on the outcome of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting next week in Houston. By David Crary.

WILD HORSES-INDEPENDENT REVIEW

RENO, Nev. — A scathing independent scientific review of wild horse roundups in the West concludes the U.S. government should likely instead let nature cull the herds. A 14-member panel assembled by the National Science Academy's National Research Council, at the request of the Bureau of Land Management, concluded BLM's removal of nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the past decade is probably having the opposite effect of its intention to ease ecological damage and reduce overpopulated herds. By Scott Sonner.

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HEALTH SHARING MINISTRIES

BOISE — Clyde Durham is a Nampa man — "61 years young," he says — who co-owns a landscaping company. He left a job several years ago that prompted him to go shopping for his own health insurance. He never did buy it, though. A friend who administers a local church told him about a different option: health ministries, in which members pool money to pay each other's major medical bills. By Audrey Dutton, The Idaho Statesman.

CRATERS OF THE MOON APP

IDAHO FALLS — Officials with Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve have a new tool to help visitors: a smartphone app that identifies 100 of the most common plants and wildflowers found at the Idaho park.

Also:

— LEWISTON-CHILD PORN — Idaho man charged with child porn.

— METH TRAFFICKING ARREST — Calif. man arrested in Idaho meth case.

— BURGLARY SENTENCE — Idaho man gets 20 years for assault, burglary.

— COEUR D'ALENE-GAY RIGHTS — Coeur d'Alene adopts ordinance

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK-ARREST — Boise police make arrest in parking lot attack

— HIGH SCHOOLS WI-FI — State seeks bids on Wi-Fi for high schools

— HOUSE FIRE-DEATH — Homedale woman died of natural causes before fire

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