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Wednesday 041118

A Minico athletic stand-out for the Spartans football and basketball teams as well as being the 4-A Great Basin Conference Football Player of the year has been arrested.  Larry Vega Junior has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16.  His preliminary hearing is set for April 18th.

Twin Falls police are warning residents not to leave valuables in your vehicle.  With warm weather approaching many times people will leave windows down and doors unlocked.  It’s very easy for a criminal to simply grab and run.

42 year old Shawn Hatfield was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls.  He has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse by soliciting a child younger than 16, three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and battery with intent to commit a serious felony.

Idaho students made no significant improvements in math and reading scores on the latest Nation's Report Card. Fourth-graders showed no improvements in math or reading, while eighth-graders' scores stayed flat in math but slightly improved in reading.

The University of Idaho is facing a budget dilemma that involves possibly cutting three of its athletic programs. Vandals soccer captain Kelly Dopke was in a meeting when she learned the potential for the school to cut women's swimming and diving, men's golf and soccer.

Idaho officials say the state's tax revenues for March came in nearly 10 percent higher or $15.4 million more, than originally projected. According to the Idaho Division of Financial Management on Monday, the state's March revenues also came in 18 percent higher than last March.

Idaho is now considering applications from transgender people who want their birth certificates to properly reflect their identities.  Idaho Department of Health and Welfare implemented the new, constitutionally sound rule on Friday.

Several Idaho residents are expressing their frustration on social media and adding their names to a petition.  Alaska Airlines, parent company of Horizon Air, announced two weeks ago it will end its Lewiston flights to Seattle and Boise on Aug. 25. That will leave SkyWest's Salt Lake City flights as the only service in Lewiston.

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 64F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional showers overnight. Low 37F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Periods of rain and snow in the morning. Becoming partly cloudy and windy in the afternoon. High around 45F. Winds W at 25 to 40 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High 50 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny

High 59 (Mountains: 53)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High 63 (Mountains: 55)

MONDAY: Windy, scattered showers

High 50 (Mountains: 46)

TUESDAY: Cooler and mostly sunny

High 48 (Mountains: 43)

April 11th: On this day

1953

Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" was at #1 in the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones who she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him whilst sat in the passenger seat. The song was record during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952 and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.

 

D1957

Born on this day in Troutman, North Carolina, was country singer, songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Since 1986 he has released nineteen studio albums and artists who have recorded his material include George Strait, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless.

1964

Born on this day, in Greenville, Mississippi, was Steve Azar, country music singer, songwriter who scored the 2002 US Country #2 "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)", which was the lead-off single from his second studio album, Waitin' on Joe.

1978

Born on this day in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada, was country music singer, songwriter Tara Lyn Hart. Hart's self-titled debut album released in 1999 featured the #6 Canadian country singles chart hit "Stuff That Matters."

1987

K.T. Oslin was at #1 on the Country chart with her debut album 80's Ladies. "Wall of Tears," the title track, "Do Ya'" and "I'll Always Come Back" were all released as singles from the album.

2005

Trace Adkins was at #1 on the country chart with Songs About Me, his seventh album and his highest-selling album to date. Singles from this album include the title track, "Arlington", and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which respectively reached #2, #16, and #2 on the Billboard country charts.

2014

Singer and prolific songwriter Jesse Winchester died at his home in Charlottesville, Va., at age 69 following a battle with cancer. His music blended folk, country and blues. Jesse’s songs were covered by a variety of artists from several fields over the years. One of his most famous songs, “A Showman’s Life,” has been recorded by George Strait, Gary Allan and other artists. Jesse also wrote the last major hit for the Everly Brothers, “Bowling Green.” Michael Martin Murphey enjoyed a Top 5 country hit in 1986 with Jesse’s song, “I’m Gonna Miss You, Girl.