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Twin Falls High School Students evacuated the main building yesterday morning after the smell of gas was noted.  Officials say the students were sent to the Roper Auditorium.  A heat exchanger started leaking in a heating unit in the chemistry lab.  No one was reported injured.

56 year old Alan Kime of Gooding died Wednesday after the truck he was driving veered of the roadway shoulder near Minidoka along Idaho 24.  Kime wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected.  The highway was blocked for 3-hours.

Thanks to a recent snowfall at the Pomerelle Mountain Resort, there will be a full complement of services available there this weekend.  If conditions warrant, the facility may add one more bonus weekend on April 14th and 15th.

Agribusiness giant Syngenta is planning a $30 million expansion to its research and seed production facility in Nampa.  The expansion project will allow the facility to accommodate the majority of the company's corn trait conversion work worldwide.  Construction should be completed next year.

Daily fines the U.S. Department of Energy is paying Idaho for missing a deadline to get radioactive liquid waste out of underground storage tanks passed $3.5 million this week.  The Energy Department built a $600 million facility to treat the liquid waste, but it has so far failed to work.

Idaho's U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is disputing claims by a political action committee that the Republican lawmaker has accomplished nothing during his time in Congress. Labrador went on the defensive while responding to a television ad funded by the Idaho First PAC _ a group that supports Labrador's opponent Tommy Ahlquist.

A Eagle Idaho woman is recovering at a Boise hospital after her vehicle plunged 150 feet down a slope. Fifty-four-year-old Paula Marcolini was listed in fair condition Thursday at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

A Washington state woman is suing an Idaho fertility doctor after discovering though an online ancestry website that the man had secretly fathered her. Kelli Rowlette and the parents who raised her filed the lawsuit in Idaho district court in March against Dr. Gerald Mortimer, his wife and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls.

One of Boise’s most well-known gun dealers has filed for bankruptcy.  Boise Gun Co. Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in late February.

Today:  Cloudy. Periods of light rain this morning. High near 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 47F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy and damp with rain in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy and windy at times. Thunder possible. High 64F. SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100%.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers possible.

WINDS: W 10-20 mph

LOW: 41 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Isolated showers.

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 47)

MONDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 52)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 54)

WEDNESDAY: Chance of showers.

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 52)

THURSDAY: Chance of showers.

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 43)

April 6th: On this day

1937

Born on this day in Oildale, California, was country music songwriter, singer, and guitarist Merle Haggard. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitar and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994 has scored 38 US #1 Country hits. Haggard died on the morning of April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday, of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California.

1949

Hank Williams’ first publicity photos were taken in Shreveport. The photo which was later used for the Hank Williams stamp issued in 1993 as part of the Legends of American Music was taken on this day.

1974

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the country charts with "A Very Special Love Song". Written by Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson, who had also written Rich's 1973 hit, "The Most Beautiful Girl". The song was included on Rich's 1974 album, Very Special Love Songs.

1987

Winners at the 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Patrick Duffy and The Judds included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Randy Travis, Top Vocal Group - Forester Sisters, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Dwight Yoakam, Top Vocal Duet of the Year - The Judds and Country Music Video of the Year went to Reba McEntire for "Whoever's In New England."

1998

American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including "Stand By Your Man", is one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. Wynette has sold over 30 million records world-wide, was married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the 'first lady of country music', Wynette had the 1991 hit "Justified and Ancient" with The KLF which became a #1 hit in eighteen countries.

1999

An all star tribute to Johnny Cash took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. The show was introduced by Jon Voight and included appearances by Willie Nelson, June Carter Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Isaak, Sheryl Crow, Trisha Yearwood, U2, Brooks And Dunn, Lyle Lovett and many more.

2010

Trisha Yearwood, with her mother and sister, released a second cookbook entitled Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood. The book consisted of recipes passed down through her mother, aunts, cousins and longtime friends.

2013

George Jones played his final ever concert at the Knoxville City Coliseum in Knoxville. Jones was scheduled to perform his final concert at the Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. However, on April 18, 2013, Jones was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a slight fever and irregular blood pressure. His concerts in Alabama and Salem were postponed as a result. While there, Jones died in the early morning hours of April 26, 2013, aged 81.

2014

Winners at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan included: Entertainer of the Year - George Strait, Male Vocalist of the Year - Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year for "Mama's Broken Heart" and Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban for "We Were Us". Song of the Year went to Lee Brice for "I Drive Your Truck" and Album of the Year went to Kacey Musgraves for Same Trailer Different Park.

2016

American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US Country No.1 albums during his career.

April 7th: On this day

1932

Born on this day in Gans, Oklahoma, was Cal Smith, country musician, most famous for his 1972 #1 hit “The Lord Knows I'm Drinking" and his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin," which received the Song of the Year Award from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Smith died on October 10, 2013.

1935

Born on this day, was Bobby Bare, who scored over 30 US Country hits including his only Country #1 hit in 1974, "Marie Laveau", (which was written by written by Shel Silverstein). In 1998, he formed the band, Old Dogs, with his friends Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings.

1970

The single “Tennessee Bird Walk" by the country music husband-and-wife duo Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan was at #1 on the country chart. “Tennessee Bird Walk" is a novelty song theorizing on the effects of removing the wings, feathers, singing ability, and common sense from birds.

1990

Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart" broke the four-week barrier, on the US country singles chart, the first since Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s 1978 hit "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys."

1990

The fourth Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Bonnie Raitt, Carl Perkins, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Bill Monroe, Alan Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Poco, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Guns N' Roses.

2012

Jake Owen proposed to his girlfriend model Lacey Buchanan on stage in front of a hometown crowd in Vero Beach, Florida, at his annual charity event. The couple married the following month on May 7, 2012.

2013

Winners at this years American Country Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada included; Top Female Vocalist — Miranda Lambert, Top Vocal Group - Little Big Town, Top Vocal Duo - Thompson Square, Top New Male Vocalist - Brantley Gilbert, Top New Female Vocalist - Jana Kramer, Top New Duo/Group - Florida Georgia Line, Album of the Year - Chief, Eric Church, Single Record of the Year and and Song of the Year was "Over You" by Miranda Lambert.

April 8th: On this day

1946

Al Dexter and His Troopers were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Guitar Polka”. The track spent a total of 16 weeks on Billboard's list as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Record" in 1946. Dexter owned a bar in the 1930s and helped popularize the style of country music known as 'honky tonk', when he recorded "Honky Tonk Blues" at his first recording session in 1936.

 

1960

Born on this day in Mount Kisco, New York, was John Schneider III, actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television adaptation of Superman. Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums which gave him hits such as: "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.

1979

Anne Murray was spending her third week atop of the country charts with "I Just Fall in Love Again". Written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

1982

The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Bobbie Sue”, the title track of their seventh album became the Oaks' sixth #1 single.

1990

Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

2007

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US album chart with Let It Go his fourth #1 album. The album produced seven Top 20 US country hits. The first single from the album, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" (written by Big Kenny of Big & Rich), reached the top of the country charts in early 2007, giving McGraw his first #1 hit since "Back When" in late 2004