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Idaho to halt prison privatization contract; Boeing to test top-secret spacecraft in Fla.

IDAHO
State to halt prison privatization contract

Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that has been plagued by understaffing, multiple lawsuits and allegations of contract fraud.

The state plans to begin running the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center, just outside Boise, for the next several months. Its $29 million-a-year contract with the Corrections Corporation of America expires June 30.

The move to end the contract comes months after an Associated Press report raised questions about how the Nashville-based company was staffing the prison and is part of a larger debate over whether prison privatization works.

— Associated Press

FLORIDA
Boeing plans to test top-secret spacecraft

The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane.

Boeing is the contractor working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Friday that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program.

The Air Force launched the most recent flight of the unmanned spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast more than a year ago.

It was the second flight for the original X-37B space plane.

— Associated Press

Second lottery winner revealed: Steve Tran, a Northern California delivery driver, has come forward as the second winner of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot on Dec. 17. The other winner, Ira Curry, is from Georgia and came forward to claim her prize Dec. 18.

— Associated Press

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