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This seasons nasty flu bug is making this the deadliest on record in Idaho.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported eight more deaths from influenza in the last week of March. That brings the total to 94 as of April 2.  Last year was the highest year on record before the 2017-18 season. The Gem State saw 72 deaths, well above the average of 23 per year.

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist once promised to sign legislation allowing for the prosecution of women who have had abortions, while challenger Lt. Gov. Brad Little offered tepid support for the proposed bill but doubted the proposal would stand up in court.  However, the issue has received increased scrutiny after Republican state Sen. Bob Nonini said he supported harsher punishments for women seeking abortions.  The hard-line stance is the latest move from high-profile candidates in Idaho escalating anti-abortion rhetoric along the campaign trail.

Caldwell police are looking for a man they described as "armed and dangerous" after a shooting that sent two men to the hospital. The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.  Dozens of workers demolishing a plutonium processing plant from the 1940s have inhaled or ingested radioactive particles in the past year, and even carried some of that radiation into their vehicles.  The incidents have prompted the federal government, along with state regulators, to halt the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant until a safe plan can be developed.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs say they will give almost $5 million in vouchers to public housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. The 675 HUD veteran rental assistance vouchers went to 27 public housing authorities in four states.

The chief executive officer of the J.R. Simplot Co. has announced his retirement. The Idaho-based company announced Friday that Bill Whitacre will step down from his top post in August after serving the company for the past 18 years.

A small earthquake occurred in Idaho but there are no reports of damage.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.4-magnitude earthquake occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles east of Soda Springs.

Today:  Generally cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 71F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low near 45F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 62F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Showers likely.

WINDS: SW 5-10 mph

LOW: 38 (Mountains: 34)

THURSDAY: Rain and snow showers. Windy.

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 42)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. A few snow showers possible. Breezy.

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 47)

SATURDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 52)

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of a few evening showers.

HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 54)

MONDAY: Showers possible.

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 47)

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April 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Erick, Oklahoma, was Sheb Wooley, the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater". He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on September 16th 2003.

Born on this day, was Laura Bell Bundy, American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway, television and film roles. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, "Giddy On Up," in early 2010.

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by George Strait, K.T. Oslin and Patrick Duffy included: Pioneer Award - Buck Owens, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - K.T. Oslin, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Highway 101 and Song of the Year went to Kathy Mattea for "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses."

Reba McEntire and Vince Gill held the pole position on the Billboard country singles chart with "The Heart Won't Lie." The second single released from Reba's album, It's Your Call was originally planned to be a duet with Kenny Rogers, but when Rogers proved to be unavailable McEntire decided to record the song not as a duet and Vince Gill was added later.

Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972, and later became a music business executive.

CMT honored Hank Williams Jr. with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.

The former home of Johnny Cash burnt to the ground. Cash and his wife June Carter used the base in Tennessee to write many of their songs, and to entertain fans and US presidents. Part of Cash's famous late-period video "Hurt" was shot inside the house, 20 miles north-east of 'country music capital' Nashville. After the couple's deaths in 2003, the home in Henderson was bought by Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was preparing to refurbish the property when fire struck - within a few hours, only the stone chimneys remained of the building.

American reality-documentary television series The Judds debuted on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series followed the daily life of mother-daughter Grammy Award winning Wynonna and Naomi Judd while they rehearse and get ready for their latest tour.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Brooklyn. Due to illness, Ronstadt was unable to attend. Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Carrie Underwood paid tribute to Ronstadt during the ceremony.