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Tuesday 031318

Harsher penalties for trespassers could become a reality.  A bill passed the house yesterday with near unanimous support from Magic Valley lawmakers.  The newest version also requires landowners to clearly mark their property boundaries. 

A junior high biology teacher in Preston is under investigation by school and law enforcement officials after what school district officials called a "regrettable circumstance" involving biological specimens.  The district Superintendent said the incident occurred during an after-school animal feeding.

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is on its way to the governor's desk for his signature. The Idaho Senate yesterday advanced legislation designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho's indecent exposure law.

A proposal that would increase reporting requirements for abortion providers is advancing inside the GOP-dominant Idaho Statehouse. The measure advanced the Senate State Affairs Committee yesterday and now goes before the full Senate for consideration.

Gov. Butch Otter has signed a sweeping $200 million tax cut into law.  The plan reduces personal income and corporate tax rates and creates an Idaho child tax credit.

Idaho's top gubernatorial candidates are responding to the recent federal government's announcement that Idaho's plan to allow health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal.  Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little spent months touting the plan in campaign advertisements and social media.  GOP opponent Tommy Ahlquist reiterated prior accusations that the plan was a campaign stunt and was never designed to fix health care.

Three people who were arrested while protesting the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and are banned from the park for 5 years. The members of an advocacy group called Wild Buffalo Defense had been jailed since their arrest last Tuesday.

President Trump's campaign to discredit the news media is spreading to officials at all levels of government. Many of them are echoing his use of "fake news" as a weapon against unflattering stories.  Experts say the cries could do long-term damage by sowing confusion and contempt for journalists.

Today:  Lots of sunshine and warm, breezy. High 64F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional light rain after midnight. Low 41F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 48F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

March 13th: On this day

1930

Born on this day in West Plains, Missouri, was Jan Howard country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. Howard's biggest hit and signature song is the 1966 country hit "Evil on Your Mind", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts.

1963

Born on this day in Doniphan, Missouri, was Billy Yates, singer, songwriter. Yates co-wrote George Jones' singles "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" and "Choices".

1972

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Dick Clark from Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Freddie Hart, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Barbara Mandell, Top Television Personality of the Year - Glen Campbell and Song of the Year - Freddie Hart "Easy Lovin'".

1975

George Jones and Tammy Wynette divoced after 6 years of marrage. The couple had married in 1969.

1980

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", the title of a song from the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, (starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack). Written by Sharon Vaughn, it become his fifth #1.

1987

George Strait was at #1 on the country chart with Ocean Front Property, his seventh studio album and Strait's first to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. It was ranked #5 on CMT's list of 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music in 2006.

2005

Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Feels Like Today, which as now sold over 5m copies in the US alone.

2012

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US County chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from the album; "Just a Kiss", "We Owned the Night", "Dancin' Away with My Heart" and "Wanted You More".

2015

A Woodstock woman took out legal action suing Willie Nelson saying the lyrics of a song on his Heroes album were “substantially and strikingly similar” to one written by her and her partner. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta by Ashley Wilson and the estate of Mark Reynolds contended Nelson’s 2012 “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” was written by Wilson and Reynolds in 1990 and was performed by Reynolds in the 1990s and played on Georgia radio. The lawsuit accused Nelson, his four listed co-authors and record companies of copyright infringement with their version of the cannabis-loving song.