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

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Boise has been delayed because the tree fell over. The Idaho Statesman reports that the 45-year-old evergreen toppled sometime Thursday night. The ceremony, which brings a crowd to the Grove in Downtown Boise every year, had been set for Friday night. The Downtown Boise Association says it will reschedule the event

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because it has now approved allowing warming water temperatures in an area where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power said in court documents that the EPA has approved allowing warmer water in the Snake River near the Idaho-Oregon state line. The National Marines Fisheries Service says the change is not likely to jeopardize salmon or their critical habitat.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two small areas of northwest Washington likely will be sprayed with an insecticide to stop an outbreak of gypsy moths, including a type native to Asia never before detected in the U.S. The Capital Press reports the Washington State Department of Agriculture said it tentatively plans to release the insecticide over a small city called Woodway, and an Everett neighborhood. Gypsy moths native to Asia are more mobile than European varieties and are considered more of a danger to spread.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A judge has suspended a cold case trial after concerns about the mental and physical health of the 86-year-old defendant. The Post Register reported that a judge found Walter Mason lacked fitness to proceed in the trial. Court officials say the decision delays a case that was on hold for about 40 years. Officials say prosecutors charged Mason with murder in 1980 after authorities say he fatally shot a man, but he wasn’t arrested until last month. His attorney didn’t return request for comment.

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