BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the deeply Republican state of Idaho, the presidential election was naturally big news. When Donald Trump won the GOP nomination, many state Republican leaders lined up to support the billionaire's bid for the White House.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador campaigned for Trump, and by year's end rumors were flying that they were in the running to be in Trump's administration.
But plenty of other news events also shaped the state in 2016.
Health care advocates were dealt a massive blow after Idaho lawmakers said they won't consider expanding Medicaid now that Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, a small community was shaken at the announcement that two sheriff's deputies wouldn't face criminal charges after shooting and killing a 62-year-old rancher.