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Friday 01/12/18

The first bill has been introduced into the 2018 Idaho Legislature.  It’s intended to lower the cost employers pay in unemployment insurance taxes.  It would reduce the cost of unemployment insurance taxes by 30-percent.

The number of landline phones is decreasing as more people switch to cellphones.  Now, a state fund that keeps those landlines affordable for rural Idaho residents could be challenged.  The Universal Service Fund was established to keep landline rates reasonable subsidizing eight small phone companies.

An Eastern Idaho Man missing in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon is now presumed dead.  At 5 pm, a snowmobile rider was caught in the avalanche near Mount Jefferson near Island Park.  The man was from Idaho Falls.

The Utah Avalanche Center has issued a warning for Northern Utah as a winter storm made its way through the state.  The most snow fell Wednesday night in the Wasatch Mountains south of Interstate 80 with up to 21 inches reported at Brighton Crest.

Idaho Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff has officially launched his campaign to be the governor of Idaho. Balukoff is promising to fight for more funding for education, improvements to the state's health care system and better protections for public lands.

Danielle Hixon The former wife of an Idaho state Republican lawmaker who killed himself this week says he was under investigation for molesting two girls, including a female relative who was abused for 10 years. Officials say Brandon Hixon was found dead in his home on Tuesday of a gunshot wound. He resigned last October.

AAA Idaho said gas prices are probably going to go up for the rest of 2018 jumping some 20-cents or so.  The average price in Idaho is at $2.55 which is down about 19 cents from a year ago.  Nationwide that price is at $2.49

A Hagerman truck driver was injured in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of I-15 and I-86 in Pocatello.  62 year old Eddy Chapman of Hagerman was westbound on I-86 hauling Hay when a car pulled in front of him.  The car had failed to negotiate a turn drove off the road and struck an embankment after becoming airborne.  The crash caused the semi to roll onto its side.  Both drivers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

Today:  Windy with showers at times WINDS: W 10-20 MPH HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 43)

Tonight:  Windy this evening with showers becoming less numerous overnight. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. LOW: 28 (Mountains: 20)Chance of rain 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 41). Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 42)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 43)

TUESDAY: Chance PM Showers

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 43)

WEDNESDAY: Small Chance Showers

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 41)

THURSDAY: Chance PM Showers

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 41)

January 12th: On this day


Born on this day, was Woodward Maurice Ritter, better known as Tex Ritter, the American country music singer and movie actor who was popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s. He was the first artist signed with the newly-formed Capitol Records in 1944, where he scored a hit with "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You". Ritter died on January 2, 1974.


Born on this day in Perryville, Texas, was Ray Price, singer, songwriter and guitarist. His wide-ranging baritone has often been praised as among the best male voices of country music. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Price died on 16th Dec 2013 aged 87 at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas.


Born on this day in Brewton, Alabama, was William Lee Golden, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 "I’ll Be True To You."


Born on this day in Danville, Virginia, was Ricky Van Shelton, country music artist who between 1986 and 2006, charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including ten #1: "Somebody Lied", "Life Turned Her That Way", 'Don't We All Have the Right", "I'll Leave This World Loving You", "From a Jack to a King" (a cover of the Ned Miller hit), "Living Proof", "I've Cried My Last Tear for You", "Rockin' Years" (a duet with Dolly Parton), "I Am a Simple Man", and "Keep It Between the Lines".


Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with Wichita Lineman his twelfth album. The Jimmy Webb penned title track reached #3 on the US pop chart. Webb's inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in rural southwestern Oklahoma. Heading westward on a straight road into the setting sun, Webb drove past a seemingly endless line of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole.


O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released in movie theaters across the US. The movie was one of the first to extensively use digital color correction, to give the film a sepia-tinted look. The Soggy Bottom Boys, the musical group that the main characters form, serve as accompaniment for the film is a homage to the Foggy Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band led by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.


American country blues, gospel, and folk singer and guitarist Precious Bryant died in Columbus, Georgia, of complications from diabetes and congestive heart failure. She released two solo albums. Her 2002 debut, Fool Me Good, was nominated for two Blues Music Awards, in the categories Acoustic Blues Album of the Year and Best New Artist Debut.


American country music singer A. J. Masters died aged 64 of prostate cancer. Masters played guitar for Charlie Rich and wrote the songs "Change My Mind", which was recorded by both The Oak Ridge Boys and John Berry, "Someday" by Steve Azar, "Last Request" by Frazier River, "Love Ain't Like That" by Faith Hill, and "Half a Heart Tattoo" by Jennifer Hanson.

January 13th: On this day


Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was American country music singer-songwriter Jenny Lou Carson, the first woman to write a #1 country music hit, (the 1945 hit "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often"). From 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music.


Born on this day in Roseau, Minnesota, was American country music singer, songwriter Liz Anderson. She received two Grammy Award nominations in 1967, for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for her Top 5 hit, the self-penned "Mama Spank" and with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean for "Best Country Vocal - Group" for another top 5 hit "The Game of Triangles". Anderson also wrote many of the early hits for her daughter, Lynn Anderson. Liz Anderson died on Oct 31st 2011.


Born on this day in Sarepta, north Louisiana, was Trace Adkins, country music artist who has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the #1 hits "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing", "Ladies Love Country Boys", and "You're Gonna Miss This."


"Once a Day" by American country artist Connie Smith was at #1 on the US country music chart. It was the first debut single by a female country artist to reach #1, and to date holds the record for the most weeks (eight), spent at #1 by a female country artist.


Johnny Cash played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album At Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in front of 2,000 inmates. When released, the lead single, "Folsom Prison Blues" (an update of his 1956 hit) became one of the most famous recordings of his career.


"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and became his eighth country #1 hit.


Martina McBride made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November.


Record producer David Wilson, was found dead at Mindy McCready's home in Cleburn County, Arkansas, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Following Wilson's death, McCready released a statement in which she referred to him as her "soulmate" and "life partner".


Garth Brooks pushed past Elvis Presley to take back the title of solo artist who has sold more albums than any other in U.S. history. Brooks’ comeback album Man Against Machine had been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies, pushing up his overall album total to 135 million copies - that’s one gold record ahead of Presley’s current RIAA total of 134.5 million.

January 14th: On this day


Born on this day in Ralls, Texas, was William Marvin Walker, better known as Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes". Nicknamed The Tall Texan, Walker had more than 30 charted records during a nearly 60-year career and was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry. Walker was killed on May 21, 2006 in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned.


Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Billie Jo Spears, country music singer who reached the top-10 of the Country music charts five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit being the 1975 "Blanket on the Ground." She died of cancer aged 73 on December 14th, 2011.


Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, musician, songwriter, and record producer. Burnett has produced artists such as Roy Orbison, Lisa Marie Presley, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, Natalie Merchant and The Wallflowers as well as Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. Burnett won Grammy Awards for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and for his work with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on the 2007 album Raising Sand.


Glen Campbell's signature song "Rhinestone Cowboy" was up for nominations for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song as well as for Record of the Year, (but didn't win). Written by Larry Weiss, Campbell first heard the song on the radio during a tour of Australia and decided to record it.


The Trio collaboration album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, received a Grammy nomination for Best Album. Parton, Ronstadt and Harris first attempted to record an album together in the mid-1970s, but scheduling conflicts and other difficulties prevented its release.


Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Not A Moment Too Soon," the singers fourth release from the album of the same name.


With the song, "She Let Herself Go," George Strait scored his 40th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, all of them solo. It tied him with a 20-year-old record for most #1's on the country chart, held by Conway Twitty (35 solo, five duet with Loretta Lynn).


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Named in Copyright Lawsuit Over “The Rest of Our Life”

The title track of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s recent duets album, The Rest of Our Life, is the subject of a new copyright lawsuit.

Songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed a complaint in a New York federal court that claims “The Rest of Our Life” is “blatant copying” of their 2014 song, “When I Found You.”

The songwriters for “The Rest of Our Life,” who are credited as Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve McCutcheon—are also named in the lawsuit that is seeking at least $5 million in actual damages, plus profits, a running royalty and attorney’s fees. Also named in the suit are Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram and WB Music.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Richard Busch, who successfully represented Marvin Gaye’s family in a suit against Pharrell and Robin Thicke over the song “Blurred Lines.”