Idaho’s first medical school nears opening date

Construction of the 94,000-square-foot Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, seen here April 10, is scheduled for completion in mid-June. When it opens, ICOM will be the first medical school in Idaho. Patty Bowen / Meridian Press

MERIDIAN — Since its conception, officials with the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, have boasted that it will be a game changer for the region’s health care.

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

In this April 11, 2018 photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Republican members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from the dam and three others on the Snake River in an attempt to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean, saying the increased spill will result in lost power sales and could harm transportation, barging, flood control and irrigation systems. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean.

Man’s suicide unearths decades-old sex abuse revelations

This November 2015 provided by the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development shows Haines School, in Haines, Alaska. The high school gym at the school was named for Karl Ward, a former school superintendent recently accused of sexual abuse and inappropriate touching by several former students. Ward died years ago. But the airing of allegations against him has forced into the open what some in the fishing community of Haines say was once whispered about. (Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development via AP)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor.

New migratory bird policy undermines century of conservation

A Great Egret, a migratory bird that winters in the Southern United States, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean, wades in a freshwater lake, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

FILE - In this March 27, 2018, file photo, a group of sanctuary state supporters gather outside the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Ana, Calif., as they prepare to discuss joining a DOJ lawsuit against the state of California. More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Man escapes serious injury when mobile home explodes

This photo provided by the Meagher County Fire Department shows a mobile home demolished by a propane explosion near White Sulphur Springs, Mont., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. A central Montana man escaped serious injury when he was thrown from his mobile home in the propane explosion that destroyed the house. (Rick Seidlitz/Meagher County Fire Department via AP)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) — A central Montana man escaped serious injury when he was thrown from his mobile home in a propane explosion that destroyed the house.

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