IDAHO SCHOOL BUS CRASH
1 child dead in Idaho elementary school bus crash
KUNA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say one child has died and four children were injured when a dump truck collided with a school bus carrying students to an elementary school in southwestern Idaho.
Canyon County Sheriff spokeswoman Theresa Baker says as many as 10 children in the sixth grade or younger were on a bus headed to Crimson Point Elementary School this morning in Kuna (KYOO'-nuh), about 30 minutes from Boise.
A spokesman for St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center said two of the injured children were transported to the St. Alphonsus hospital in Boise and two children and an adult were taken to the St. Alphonsus hospital in Nampa. The adult was described as emotionally distraught.
Idaho State Police Sgt. John Burke said it's too early to determine what went wrong. Neither driver was taken to the hospital.
FDA: Idaho noted moldy yogurt months before recall
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Idaho Department of Agriculture spotted moldy yogurt during a routine inspection at a Chobani facility in Twin Falls two months before the company issued a voluntary recall.
The Times-News obtained the report under a Freedom of Information Act request. More than 300 people reportedly got sick after consuming the moldy Greek yogurt.
The state denies the FDA's claim. ISDA spokeswoman Pamela Juker says state regulators never took note of mold during the July inspection. The FDA report says a lab technician spotted visible defects and found a yeast-like growth after testing the samples taken by the state.
Chobani officials say the company's goal is to ensure the Idaho facility is a leader in size, cleanliness, quality and safety.
IDAHO POWER OUTAGES
Power back on in southeastern Idaho
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Rocky Mountain Power says power was restored to about 4,500 customers in southeastern Idaho Thursday morning after an overnight outage during which temperatures fell below zero.
The company says power was restored shortly after 8 a.m. for customers in Ashton, Rexburg and St. Anthony.
The National Weather Service reported the temperature in Rexburg at 7 a.m. was minus 7 degrees.
The Fremont County School District canceled classes Thursday due to the outage while the Teton district canceled classes due to the cold weather.
Repair work being done at a Rocky Mountain Power substation near Firth on Wednesday caused about 70,000 people in southeastern to lose power for some portion of the day, including customers of Idaho Falls Power and the Fall River Electric Cooperative.
Chamber of Commerce ads to run in Idaho, W.Va.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho.
The business organization also is airing ads for two GOP candidates in West Virginia as it ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.
The Chamber's involvement in Idaho marks the second time in recent months that the group has taken sides in the internal Republican fight pitting the GOP establishment against conservative activists. The group backed Bradley Byrne over tea party favorite Dean Young in a special congressional runoff primary in Alabama. Byrne won the Nov. 5 contest.
Simpson is facing a challenge from lawyer Bryan Smith, who has the endorsement of the anti-tax Club for Growth.
The Associated Press obtained advance copies of the commercials.
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