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Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two parents who are members of a Northern Idaho tribe have filed a lawsuit contending county officials refused to return their daughter’s body after she died in a car crash. The parents also say the county coroner planned an autopsy despite the family’s objections because of religious beliefs. The parents filed the lawsuit last week seeking unspecified damages. The Kootenai County prosecuting attorney declined to comment.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have announced that a new law targeting uninsured drivers by suspending their vehicle registrations is expected to take effect on New Year’s Day. The Post Register newspaper reports that the state Department of Motor Vehicles can now cross-check vehicle identification numbers each month against its database of registered vehicles. Transportation officials say that means drivers who don’t maintain insurance on their vehicles could have registrations suspended after a few months.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington has become a force in the wine industry. The state has the nation’s second-highest number of wineries, after California. Washington ranks fourth in U.S. wine sales, after California, Australia and Italy. In 2001, there were about 100 wineries in the state. That number has since exploded to more than 1,000 wineries this year, and the growth is likely to continue. Most of the industry’s success stems from the state’s climate and soils, experts say.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington has become a force in the wine industry. The state has the nation’s second-highest number of wineries, after California. Washington ranks fourth in U.S. wine sales, after California, Australia and Italy. In 2001, there were about 100 wineries in the state. That number has since exploded to more than 1,000 wineries this year, and the growth is likely to continue. Most of the industry’s success stems from the state’s climate and soils, experts say.

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