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Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:50 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession has been freed after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Christopher Tapp on Wednesday after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996 killing of Angie Dodd. The release came after years of work by advocates including Judges for Justice, the Idaho Innocence Project and the victim's mother, Carol Dodge.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane Mayor David Condon has declared an emergency closing of the raging Spokane River through the city because of high water levels fueled by a very wet winter. The National Weather Service predicts the river will likely crest Tuesday night at nearly 43,000 cubic feet per second.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise-area man who died in a shootout with police officers after allegedly threatening multiple people and dogs at a popular hiking and biking trail has been identified. The Ada County Coroner's Office said Monday that 42-year-old Benjamin Christian Barnes died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — A former Oregon sheriff's sergeant has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Idaho boy he met through a dating app. KTVB-TV in Boise says 46-year-old Michael Alexander of Lake Oswego, Oregon, is to be sentenced May 8. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to felony lewd conduct with a child in Canyon County court.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — State regulators will not revoke the operating license of a Lewiston facility for troubled children, allowing it to stay open. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare instead is not allowing new admissions at the Northwest Children's Home and will require the facility to make major changes to protect its residents from offenses found in an investigation last year.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation is keeping an eye on deep cracks opening up in a highway through a landslide zone in western Wyoming. The cracks in U.S. Highway 26/89 through Snake River Canyon measure up to 4 inches wide and 2 feet deep.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate lawmakers have narrowly decided to repeal the state's taxation on groceries in order in a fight over what sort of tax relief will be provided to Idahoans at the end of the legislative session. Earlier this year, the Idaho House sent a $51 million tax cut plan to the Senate with expectations it would be amended.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise Democrat who was blocked by a key Republican lawmaker from holding a legislative hearing on climate change succeeded in securing more than 500 attendees when she decided to host her own event at the Idaho Capitol. Rep. Ilana Rubel says House Environment, Energy and Technology Chairman Dell Raybould denied her request to hold an informational event on the effects of climate change in Idaho earlier this year.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A medical examiner says an infant born to members of an Oregon church that practices faith healing died from complications of prematurity. Dr. Karen Gunson says the baby and her twin sister were about two months early. Several members of the Followers of Christ Church have been convicted of crimes for failing to seek medical care for their children. They include the sister of the woman who delivered the baby that died.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are gearing up to spend the final few weeks of the legislative session focused on transportation funding, including a key tool the Legislature hasn't leveraged since 2005. Last week, Sen. Bert Brackett introduced legislation that would create roughly $530 million in transportation funding, primarily by allowing the state to issue $300 million in bonds allowing the state to borrow money for road projects and repay it with future federal highway payments.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in the Pacific Northwest most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands through use-limiting easements or outright purchases. The Nature Conservancy says it received $6 million from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that it's now dividing among local land trusts in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for easements or acquisitions.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man suspected of killing his former fiancee before later apparently killing himself had been released from jail on a $10,000 bond and a no-contact order with the woman. A Kootenai County sheriff's deputy spotted 61-year-old Steven Denson's vehicle Thursday and heard a muffled gunshot after cutting off his escape route.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two sweeping transportation funding proposals were introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Friday, providing a first look at what legislative leaders will spend their time doing in the final weeks of the session. However, the proposals introduced in the Senate are unlikely to be passed without facing significant edits in the House.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) — The panel that disciplines judges in Idaho says it will investigate a complaint filed against the judge who sentenced a teen to probation for sexually assaulting a high school football teammate. The Times-News reports that the Idaho Judicial Council received a verified complaint against Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker earlier this month.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top Idaho elected officials agreed to pay a $150,000 legal bill using funds originally intended to help Idaho navigate state sovereignty conflicts with the federal government. The amount covers the attorney fees in a 2015 lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands over two anti-abortion laws banning the prescription of abortion-inducing drugs via telemedicine.