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TRIAL OF IDAHO EX-CONGRESSMAN IS DELAYED

The scheduled trial for former Idaho congressman George Hansen and an aide on federal fraud charges has been postponed indefinitely.

After a hearing Friday afternoon on defense motions to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge signed an order delaying a trial scheduled to open Monday. Court officials said the trial won't be held before November.Lodge gave the government until Sept. 18 to file superseding charges against Hansen and John Scoresby, Idaho Falls. If new charges are not filed by that date, Lodge said he will consider the defense's motions to dismiss.