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A semi-truck driver died in an early morning crash yesterday.  The truck, traveling westbound struck the guard rail of the I-84 overpass near milepost 211 a couple of times crashing down onto State Highway 24 below, striking a 1997 GMC pickup driven by 63 year old Gregory Grove of Albion. 

If you want to visit the Shoshone Falls plan on paying admission.  Again this year the city of Twin Falls will be charging admission fees to the park and Dierkes Lake through the end of September.  The fees help cover the cost of park maintenance and life guards.  $3 per car of $25 for a season pass.

Road Construction on a 12 mile stretch of Interstate 84 in Twin Falls County is underway.  Crews will work on pavement rehabilitation for the westbound lanes from the Kimberly/Hansen exit to the Ridgeway Road exit through mid-November.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction and ramps will be closed intermittently.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake River dams to help protect salmon and steelhead.  Conservationists say the extra water will help young salmon migrate out to sea.

Idaho candidates seeking higher office didn't hit pause on their goal of wooing voters while the Legislature was in session for the past three months.  Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little missed 34 Senate floor sessions this year.  Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Luke Malek missed 10 days in the House.

Idaho is joining a long list of states to require health insurers provide coverage for the treatment of autism. Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron said his department has issued a bulletin warning insurers that an exclusion of autism treatments will be deemed discriminatory if that insurer's plan already includes coverage of rehabilitative or habilitative services.

Cherry and apple growers in Washington State are worried their exports to China will be hurt by a growing trade war that escalated on Monday when that country raised import duties on a $3 billion list of products. China buys Washington-grown cherries, apples and pears, which are all included in the trade dispute.

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 55F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy. LOW: 37 (Mountains: 30)Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Chance of showers.

WINDS: SW 5-10 mph

LOW: 42 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Chance of showers.

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 50)

FRIDAY: Scattered showers.

HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 53)

SATURDAY: Rain and windy.

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 50)

SUNDAY: Scattered showers.

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 47)

MONDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 53)

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April 3rd: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Don Gibson, songwriter and country musician who was nicknamed 'The Sad Poet' because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love. Gibson, who made his first recodings in 1948, penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams", “Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", (which has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962) Gibson enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970s. He died from natural causes on November 17, 2003.

1942
Born on this day in in Valdosta, Georgia was pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965. His first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with "Burned Like a Rocket."

1948
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys appeared for the inaugural broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH, broadcasting from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. During its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country and western music.

1971
Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were at #1 on the US country singles chart with “After the Fire Is Gone". The duet written by L.E. White was the only single released from the LP, We Only Make Believe. "After the Fire Is Gone" was the first chart topper for Lynn and Twitty as a duo.

1981
Hank Williams Jr. was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Texas Women", his third #1 on the country chart.

1991
Clint Black was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Loving Blind" the second single from his album Put Yourself in My Shoes. It was his seventh single overall and became his fifth single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

2005
Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with Kerosene, her first studio album. After placing third in the television competition, Nashville Star in 2003, Lambert signed with Epic Nashville in 2004. The album spawned four Top 40 Billboard Country Chart singles, however only the title track was a major hit, peaking at #15.

2011
Winners at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton included: Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift, Top Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum, Top New Solo Vocalist - Eric Church, Top New Vocal Duo or Group - The Band Perry, Single Record of the Year, Song of the year and Video of the year went to Miranda Lambert for "The House That Built Me" and Vocal Event of the Year went to Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson for "As She's Walking Away."

2014
Country guitarist Arthur Smith, best known for the theme tune from the 1972 film Deliverance, died. He was one of the most influential guitar-players in country and early rock 'n' roll. He found fame with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. When the Warner Bros film studio used a cover version and renamed it "Dueling Banjos" for Deliverance, he sued them and won substantial royalties. He died at his home from natural causes at the age of 93 just 2 days after his 93rd birthday.