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News Minute: Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials in Idaho now say a total of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site were found to have ruptured after initially saying earlier this month that one barrel was leaking. They said there were no injuries and no threat to the public. Workers in protective gear have installed a closed-circuit video camera in the structure to monitor the situation.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Three new central Idaho wilderness areas could have management plans in place this year. Federal officials released the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Management Plan covering 183 square miles (474 square kilometers) earlier this month, and are taking comments from those who previously participated in the process through June 4.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A driver accused of intentionally hitting and killing young Idaho newlyweds holding hands on a sidewalk has pleaded not guilty. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 37-year-old Jason Verwer entered his not guilty plea Friday to two counts of second-degree murder. Authorities say 22-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson were killed in late January while walking along a road in Fruitland.

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - A company that treats medical waste from Washington, Oregon and Idaho has been fined for a series of improper releases of polluted wastewater. The Chronicle newspaper of Centralia reports that Washington's Department of Ecology fined Stericycle Inc. $72,000 for the pollution from its medical waste processing plant in the southwestern Washington city of Morton.

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