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Thursday 061721

A man and woman from Twin Falls have been sentenced for provider fraud.  Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said 47 year old Shahrieh Movaffaghi and 46 year old Mahyar Khazzei had previously pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicaid for care they falsely said they had provided to a Medicaid patient.  

A family dog is recovering after she was shot twice last weekend by a camper in Idaho who mistook the pet for a wolf, a family said. She is actually an Alaskan malamute.  The dog had wandered to a nearby campsite where she was shot in the head and neck.

Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season.  Nick Nauslar with the National Interagency Fire Center said the state had its second driest spring in the last 126 years and one of its hottest previous 12 months.  He said nearly 80% of the state is in drought and the rest of the state will likely be in drought in the next several months.

Over 50 wildlife conservation groups are asking the Biden Administration to immediately restore protections to Wolves in the Northern Rockies. This week the groups asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Gov. Brad Little is offering state employees four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Little says the new benefit comes at no extra cost to Idaho’s taxpayers.  So far, 35 percent of Idaho has gotten fully vaccinated.  That’s just over 632,000 Idahoans.

The Red Cross said a Blood Shortage in the United States is severe.  This shortage was caused in part by a recent rise in the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries which require blood products.  In Idaho, fewer blood donations have been seen recently as a result of more people returning to in-person work environments, as well as, more individuals being away on summer vacations.

SPORTS

Five Boise State University Bronco student-athletes made the NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 team for their work in the classroom.  Senior defensive back Kekaula Kaniho who is majoring in health science earned the honor for the second-straight year.  For first team recipients, we have graduate student offensive lineman Donte Harrington, who is getting a degree in public policy, senior linebacker Riley Whimpey is getting a degree in business Plus senior punter Joel Velazquez is in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree and junior wide receiver Khalil Shakir who is majoring in communications.

One of the best high school basketball players out of the state of Arkansas is going to play for the College of Southern Idaho this fall.  Jakari Livingston is a top five player from Arkansas and even participated in the elite Iverson Classic All-Star Game last month in Memphis.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. South southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60. Breezy.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 58.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.