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OBIT-EVANS

BOISE - Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr., one of Idaho’s last Mormon Democrats to achieve statewide political success, has died. He was 89. Summers Funeral Home confirmed he died Tuesday morning at his home in Boise. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 137 words; UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

INMATE-ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

BOISE - The Environmental Protection Agency says Idaho inmates were exposed to asbestos when they were sent to work at an Idaho Transportation Department maintenance shop without proper training or equipment. The federal agency announced Tuesday that the Idaho Transportation Department has paid nearly $56,000 to settle the allegations. The state agency didn’t admit or deny the allegations. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION-STUDY

BOISE - A study that will significantly influence how much Idaho lawmakers address funding the state’s transportation will be released Tuesday. University of Idaho researchers will present the study showing the public’s attitudes about transportation funding. By Kimberlee Kruesi. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

PRISON HEALTH CARE COSTS

BOISE - States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that in most states, prison health care spending peaked at $8.2 billion in 2009 after nearly a decade of dramatic increases. But by 2011 that total had dropped slightly to $7.7 billion, partly because prison populations decreased. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

WINTERS, Calif. - Crews boosted by hundreds of additional firefighters increased containment on Tuesday of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California, and full containment is expected by the end of the week on what is one of dozens of blazes blackening parts of the West. SENT: 383 words.

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