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Lawmakers have introduced legislation in Boise that would reduce Idaho’s Health Coverage gap.  Currently it includes a requirement that able bodied adult Medicaid recipients hold jobs.  It would affect about 700 of the 78-thousand adults receiving Medicaid in Idaho.

Western Watersheds along with four other groups are appealing a federal court ruling that a federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho.  No court ruling yet on the environmental groups' argument that Wildlife Services' 2011 study that allowed it to kill wolves in the state is flawed because it relies on outdated information.

About 20-thousand dollars.  That’s how much the Jerome School District says it has saved in utility costs through an energy savings program at Idaho Power.  They also have received about $217-thousand in rebates in 8 years. 

37 year old Jason Verwer has been charged with two counts of second degree murder.  Officials say he is the suspect where a young couple in Fruitland was intentionally struck by a vehicle.  He is facing life if found guilty and is being held on a million dollar bond. 

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador was among those aboard a chartered train yesterday that struck a truck while it was carrying members of Congress to a policy retreat in West Virginia.  Idaho U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo were not aboard the train.  The train carrying the lawmakers hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after it filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing.  The Tribes and others across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals after deeming them illegal under Idaho law.

19 year old Stephen Fred Afuva from Washington state has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after a crash last April that killed his passenger, 17-year-old Alex Anthony Stone.  Officials say the April 13 crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 201 in Minidoka County, happened when Afuva failed to stay in his lane of traffic after he fell asleep at the wheel.

WINDS: Light
HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 38)

LOW: 35 (Mountains: 26)

FRIDAY: Passing Shower
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 44)

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 50)

MONDAY: Scattered Rain
HIGH: 49 (Mountains: 47)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 46)

February 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentuck, was singer, songwriter Don Everly. The Everly Brothers scored 4 #1 Country hits in the late 50's; "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bird Dog" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" Their song "When Will I Be Loved" later became hits for Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Buck Owens' hit, "Love's Gonna Live Here," finished its 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. To date, it is the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart.

Johnny Cash spent the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse, many of whom had just returned home from Vietnam.

Born on this day in Lancaster, South Carolina, was Julie Roberts, country music singer who made her debut in 2004 with the single "Break Down Here", a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Born on this day in Green Hill, Alabama was country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, best known for his solo career and as a former member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007.

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US country album chart with his seventh studio album Kenny, which featured the hit singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life."

Faith Hill performed "America, The Beautiful" before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing at halftime.

Lady Antebelum were at #1 on the US country album chart with there third studio album Own the Night. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.