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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park officials say multiple bighorn rams have caught a viral disease that causes unsightly mouth sores. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the park's videographer snapped images in November of rams with the sores. Officials confirmed the videographer's pictures Monday, saying the rams have sore mouth disease, a condition widespread among wild bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains. It is also common in domestic sheep and goats.

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Some farmers in northern Idaho and western Washington are looking for solutions after years of applying nitrogen-based fertilizer has left their land with acidic soil. Carol McFarland with Washington State University told the Lewiston Tribune that soil surveys show a gradual increase in the acidity of soil in the region since the 1980s. Washington State University will hold a workshop next month with experts to talk about the latest research on acidic soils and how farmers can manage the issue.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's top health officials are collecting input from residents across the state on their latest plan to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage. The proposal calls for Idaho to apply for two federal waivers that would change how the state's working poor can qualify for health insurance subsidies or Medicaid.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A free public charter school in Twin Falls is low on classroom space, prompting a committee to consider how to accommodate increasing student enrollment. The Times-News reports that Xavier Charter School has become overcrowded with about 700 K-12 students and a waiting list of nearly 300 children a decade after opening. Officials say they're considering a building expansion project to add classrooms and specialty program space.

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