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Thursday 7/518

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure farmers that they will not bear the brunt of an international trade war.  But Perdue declined to say specifically how the Department of Agriculture might help farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners.

Former Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall will head to district court after it was determined there was enough cause to pursue a charge of misuse of public monies.  The charges include Costco certificates meant for county reimbursements and the use of the county’s credit cards for gas and hotel services that may have been used for personal use.

Crews in Ketchum have begun working on a project that in the end will improve fish habitat in an area impacted by gold dredging on the Yankee Fork Tributary of the Salmon River.  Forest service officials say a dredging operation along a section of the river between 1940 and 1952 removed gold but altered portions of the Yankee Fork. 

Washington couple is suing an Idaho county for a landslide that destroyed their home.  Lee and Myola Stewart filed a lawsuit against Bonner County after their home was wrecked in March 2017 when the hillside behind their home broke loose. Their claim of $367,265 in damages was rejected.  They are now seeking a jury trial and damages which exceed $10,000.

Gov. Butch Otter's office says Idaho inmates will not be housed in National Guard barracks despite being asked by top correction officials to consider the possibility to address the state's growing criminal justice crisis.  Mark Warbis, Otter's communication's director, said that the Idaho National Guard doesn't have the personnel or a secure facility to detain inmates.   Idaho recently signed a contract to send up to 670 inmates at a private prison in Texas starting at the end of August. In the meantime, Idaho's prisons are currently at capacity and the state needs to find space for overflow inmates.

Today:  Sunny and hot Winds: East 5-15 mph High: 98 (Mountains: 91)

Tonight:  Mostly clear and mild  Winds: SE 5-10 mph  Low 62 (Mountains: 57)

Tomorrow:  Sunny and hot Winds: Light & Variable High: 95 (Mountains: 90)

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear and mild

Winds: South 5-10 mph

Low 61 (Mountains: 55)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 92 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 97 (Mountains: 91)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 92 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 90 (Mountains: 87)

July 5th: On this day

1969

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Doug McClure and The Cowsills. Johnny performed a version of “Custer Don't Ride Very Good Any” with Buffy Sainte-Marie.

1970

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "He Loves Me All the Way." Written by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, and Carmol Taylor, it became Tammy Wynette's seventh #1 solo hit on the country charts.

1980

George Jones' classic track, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The melancholy song, written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time.

1982

Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, Dave Haywood, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

2003

Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

2009

Mickey Gilley was seriously injured in a fall in Branson, Missouri. The 73 year-old was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell, with the 'love seat' falling on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. The incident left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down . After intense physical therapy he was able to walk again and returned to the stage a year later. However, he still lacks the hand coordination necessary to play the piano.