Article Photos: Education battle tops Idaho news stories for 2012 12/15

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1999 file photo, Micron Technology Inc. CEO Steve Appleton is photographed in 1999 at the company's Boise. Idaho headquarters. Appleton, the chief operating officer and chairman of Micron, has died in a small plane crash in Boise. He was 51. The crash killed both the pilot and Micron CEO Steve Appleton.  Appleton, who had a reputation as a hard-driving daredevil, was known for takings risks in stunt piloting and he survived a similar crash eight years earlier. Micron colleagues said that same energy and drive helped establish the Idaho company's place on the world stage as one of the leaders in memory-chip production. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Chris Butler, File)