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U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale says Idaho can't keep automatically rejecting applications from transgender people seeking to change the gender listed on their birth certificates. She said the state must begin considering applications to change the sex listed on birth certificates under new, constitutionally sound rules by April 6. The ruling also says reissued birth certificates can't include a record of the gender having been changed.

Idaho's House has spiked a proposal that would have prevented convicted domestic abusers from owning guns.  House GOP members voted 39-31 yesterday to prevent the measure from moving to the Senate after critics argued the bill infringed upon the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

An Idaho House panel has advanced legislation allowing people with mental disabilities to use a service animal. Currently, Idaho law only allows people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities to use a service animal.

Authorities say a woman is in custody after she attempted to open an aircraft door during a flight from San Francisco to Boise.  Boise Airport officials say they contacted police after flight operators reported an "unruly passenger."

Caldwell High School has implemented a policy barring students from bringing backpacks to school. The backpack ban announced on Monday, cited safety reasons for bringing the policy forward.

Last week's Twin Falls City Council meeting brought to citizen’s attention the issues with the recycling program. In this week's meeting the future of the program was decided.  Officials will go with a cost share of the expense of recycling, with a $100 per ton breakpoint,” If it exceeds that it would go to the landfill.

The Bureau of Reclamation has delayed planned head gate maintenance for the Minidoka canal.  With irrigation season beginning in less than a month, officials wanted to make sure that irrigation water deliveries were not going to be disrupted.  Work will now be in October. 

Five types of apples once thought to be extinct have been rediscovered in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Apple detective David Benscoter worked with apple experts in Oregon and Maine to positively identify the apples. They used descriptions from old books and antique watercolor paintings.

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy early, becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 28F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy. Chance Mountain Showers High 53F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: Rain & Snow

HIGH: 49 (Mountains: 42)

SATURDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 48 (Mountains: 41)

SUNDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 45)

MONDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 47)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 47)

March 7th: On this day

1944

Born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas, was Townes Van Zandt singer-songwriter. His music has been covered by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Cowboy Junkies, Andrew Bird, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch. He died on January 1, 1997.

1973

A song from the movie Deliverance called "Dueling Banjos" by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel became one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1980

The film Coal Miner's Daughter, the biography of Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and Beverly D'Angelo also play leading roles in the film, which was a huge success with critics and at the box office.

1983

The Nashville Network (TNN) was launched from the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park near Nashville, Tennessee. Country Music Television (CMT), founded by Glenn D. Daniels, beat TNN's launch by two days, robbing TNN of the claim of "first country music cable television network".

2000

Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski who became better known as Pee Wee King died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, aged 86. The American country music songwriter is best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz", which was a hit for both Cowboy Copas, Patti Page and Petula Clark.

2013

Claude King, died of natural causes aged 90. The singer, songwriter is best known for his million selling 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain" which was written together with Merle Kilgore and was based on a real character, Clifton Clowers, who lived on the mountain, north of Morrilton, Arkansas. The song spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart.