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The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Henry Atencio as the new director of prisons two days after his predecessor, Kevin Kempf, gave his resignation notice.

The board unanimously appointed Atencio to the position Wednesday. The Idaho Senate must now ratify Atencio's appointment during the 2017 legislative session.

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Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again preparing to push a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals.

Director Virgil Moore announced earlier this week that his department has had to cut services because of a drop in funding. The agency relies on revenue from licenses, tags and permits to cover operational costs and does not receive general state tax dollars. However, those fees haven't increased in roughly 12 years.

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Officials with the Idaho Black History Museum say someone wrote a racial slur on the roof of the museum's storage shed.

Museum director Phillip Thompson said Wednesday that he found the slur sketched in the snow while heading to a board meeting. Thompson has since shared photos of the slur on the Boise museum's Facebook page.

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A restored, hand-carved carousel will likely start offering rides next spring, a northern Idaho group says.

Coeur d'Alene Carousel Foundation President Cari Fraser tells The Spokesman-Review that plans to have it running this year changed after poor weather in October and design changes delayed work on a new building in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

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Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf is resigning to take a job as the executive director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

Kempf gave the state Board of Correction his resignation on Monday, he said in an email, calling the decision "bittersweet."

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Zoo Boise’s male lion is sick. The Zoo says Jabari has lymphoma and probably won’t be in his exhibit very often while he’s getting treatment.

Officials say he had not been acting normally and went in for a check up with zoo veterinarian Dr. Holly Holman, who found the lymphoma.

Jabari has been at Zoo Boise since 2008. He arrived just in time for the opening of the African Plains Exhibit. He’s 14 years old. He spends his time with his pride, two other female lions.

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Idaho authorities teamed up with a construction company to help rescue a horse that fell off a cliff and became stranded on a ledge.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the Bannock County Sheriff's Office deputies and search and rescue personnel were called to the Blackrock Canyon area south of Pocatello on Tuesday morning. They found a draft horse stranded on a ledge there and estimated it weighed 1,700 to 1,800 pounds.

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Online sales of hunting and fishing licenses resumed Tuesday following a three-month shutdown due to a computer breach at the vendor that handles those sales, Idaho officials announced.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said additional security features include requiring online buyers to create an account with a password.

Dallas-based Active Network reported a computer breach in late August with the possibility that millions of records in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including Social Security numbers, might have been compromised.

Idaho Racing Commission

The Idaho Racing Commission is scrambling to avoid a funding crisis after its primary revenue source evaporated earlier this year with the closing of the largest horse racing track in the state.

By law, a portion of the money bet on horse racing in Idaho is diverted to the commission, which relies on that money, as well as revenue from license permits and fees, to regulate and oversee the racing industry.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after air traffic controllers went silent for 20 minutes at the Boise Airport.

The Idaho Statesman reports pilots were unable to make contact with air traffic controllers for 20 minutes Saturday morning. FAA officials would not provide any details into the incident other than saying they are investigating.

No incidents were reported as a result of the inability to contact controllers.

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A Twin Falls man is asking the community to submit designs as he works to create a flag for Twin Falls County.

The Times-News reports Dan Carter plans to form a committee to work on the project and is working to set up a Facebook page to get the effort started.

Carter, president of the Twin Falls County Gold Buckle Club, is responsible for the openings of the county rodeo, where the Mounted Color Guard carries the U.S. and Idaho flags into the arena. He realized he would like to add a county flag to the ceremony.

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There were whines, tears and even barks in Boise's Taco Bell Area where as many as 1,500 people gathered to mourn a police dog that was killed in the line of duty.

The Idaho Statesman reports at least 30 police dogs from departments across the state gathered Tuesday at a memorial service for six-year-old K-9 Police Officer Jardo, who was shot Nov. 11 working with officers to apprehend a suspect.

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Nampa's fire chief, who was seriously injured when he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a car in September, has handed in his resignation.

Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said in a prepared statement that he accepted Karl Malott's resignation on Tuesday. Henry's statement did not reference Malott's legal troubles.

Malott's arraignment for the excessive DUI charge is set for Nov. 28. Excessive DUI indicates a blood alcohol of 0.2 percent or higher. The legal limit for drivers in Idaho is 0.08.

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Law enforcement officials say an Idaho man was flung 50 feet into the Snake River and forced to swim to a nearby island after being struck by a vehicle on a bridge.

Oregon State Police say that 34-Steven Arrasmith, of Mesa, Idaho, was traveling Monday on Interstate 84 before stopping between the Idaho and Oregon border to offer assistance to a driver who had lost control on black ice and crashed into a bridge.

According to OSP, a third vehicle then lost control on the ice and struck Arrasmith's Jeep. Arrasmith was flung off the bridge when the Jeep lurched forward.

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The founder of an Idaho company that introduced the use of drones in agriculture is dreaming bigger — literally.

Empire Unmanned founder Steve Edgar is considering using Pocatello Regional Airport as a future hub for possible freight-carrying drones, reported The Capital Press. Edgar spoke about the possibility and the future of aerial shipping at Idaho State University last week.

Boise Bike Project

The Boise Bicycle Project is looking for kids to who want their own dream bike. It’s the nonprofit group’s 10th Annual Kid’s Bike Giveaway.

The goal is to give away over 400 bikes to kids who may not otherwise have access to a bicycle. They’ll also get a helmet, lock and safety lesson from the Boise Police Department.

The Project refurbishes donated bicycles and gives them away in the community.

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A hospital spokesman says the condition of a Boise officer who was seriously injured in a shooting last week has improved.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Corporal Kevin Holtry, a 17-year veteran of the department, has been upgraded to serious condition. He had previously been listed in critical condition after being shot multiple times during the Oct. 11 shootout.

Boise police officer Corporal Chris Davis and a police dog were also injured in the shooting, and 33-year-old parolee Marco Romero was killed.

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A 37-year-old Nampa woman is challenging Idaho's laws on artificial insemination, paternity and vital statistics, saying they discriminate against same-sex parents.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Adela Ayala and her 4-year-old daughter, who is the biological daughter of Ayala's former same-sex partner.

Police in southwest Idaho have arrested a 30-year-old Boise man following a drive-by shooting in Caldwell.

Police took Roberto Angel Ballesteros into custody on Tuesday evening at a hotel in Boise.

Caldwell police say Ballesteros is a suspect in a drive-by shooting on Monday involving two other men in another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Ballesteros is facing charges of aiding and abetting aggravated assault, aiding and abetting shooting into an occupied vehicle, and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Business leaders who traveled with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on his recent trade mission to China say the trip was a success.

KIVI-TV reports that business leaders say they will likely see a lasting impact as a result of the trade meetings.

Otter and representatives of the state's milk, potato, wheat and hay industries visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5 to promote trade between the cities.

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