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The city of Pocatello is racking up 3-thousand dollars a day in interest payments after the Idaho Supreme Court said the way they charged for garbage service was wrong.  Now the city owes more than $20-million dollars in damages and interest at a rate of 12-percent.  The city implemented fees in 2005 seeking to address a revenue shortfall because of the high percentage of tax exempt entities. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said his top priority for the state budget is education, and he plans to create a new cabinet of educators and parents to advise him.  In his first State of State address, Little also reminded lawmakers that 60 percent of voters approved Medicaid expansion.  He plans to address Idaho’s overcrowded prisons by expanding a work camp in St. Anthony and opening a community re-entry center in northern Idaho.

The Twin Falls City Council continues to discuss the fate of a grant program that has awarded about 1-point 5 million to non-profits over 15 years.  The grants were designed to allow the city to support groups that provide services the city could or should otherwise be providing.  This week the council voted 5 to 2 to continue the program for another year. 

Authorities say a Boise man who shot and killed his ex-wife and her husband and then held two children hostage and later shooting himself was expected in court later this month for a child custody issue.  The shooter identified as Edward Lynn Epps Jr. of Boise. Police say he shot Heidi De Leon and her husband Jose De Leon after forcing his way into the De Leons’ home on Sunday afternoon.

An initial probing of Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s budget by lawmakers found that adding a work or training requirement for Medicaid expansion could add administrative costs the state would have to cover.  The federal government would cover 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion to cover some 60,000 low-income adults across the state at an estimated cost of $400 million.

Two Cassia County School District employees were named the top counselor and vice principal by state professional organizations.  Burley High School Vice Principal Andrew Wray was named the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year award by the Idaho Association of School Administrators.  Rachel Jensen, counselor at Raft River Elementary School, was named 2019 Idaho School Counselor of the Year by the Idaho School Counselor Association.


In local sports, the College of Southern Idaho Women’s Basketball Team has gained a Minico Spartin.  Taylia Stimpson a shooting guard has signed with the college.  Coach Randy Rogers is looking forward saying he has watched her abilities progress and is very impressed.

Turning to High School basketball, first to the boys, it was Hansen 56 Richfield 31.  Hansen will play at Lighthouse Christian. Richfield will be at Dietrich.  Both games tomorrow.  Pocatello outlasted Jerome 69 to 33.  Jerome will play host to Mountain Home tomorrow.  Rick Haberman has play by play of that game on KART 1400 AM at 7:15 pm.  Century overpowered Canyon Ridge 79 to 52.  Canyon Ridge will be in Kimberly Friday.  Burley defeated Wood River 48 to 41.  Wood River will be in Twin Falls Tomorrow for a game and Burley will host Pocatello next Wednesday.  Oakley outlasted Raft River 72 to 56.  Oakley will host Valley and Raft River will be at Glenns Ferry.  Both games Friday.  Lighthouse Christian overpowered the Sun Valley Community School 81 to 27.  Lighthouse Christian will host Hansen and the Community School will be in Murtaugh.  Both games tomorrow.   It was Camas County 63 to Hagerman 37.  Camas County will host Castleford and Hagerman will be at Carey.  Both, Thursday.  Elsewhere it was Murtaugh 41 Carey 28 and Castleford 64, Twin Falls Christian Academy 40.

In Girls Basketball, Filer outlasted Buhl 49 to 30.  Filer will play at Snake River Friday and Buhl  will host Kimberly Thursday.  Elsewhere it was Valley 39 Glenns Ferry 14.  Valley will Host Raft River Thursday and Glenns Ferry is at Murtaugh on Friday.  Carey Beat Murtaugh 52 to 28 and Twin Falls Christian Academy outlasted Castleford 37 to 23.  It was Hagerman 59 over Camas County 52 and Hansen outlasted Richfield 56 to 18.



Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon with a chance of rain. High 38F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Chance of rain and mountain. Low 29F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  More clouds than sun. High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Winds: East 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 32 Mountains: 23

THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, nice afternoon. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 15

FRIDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 15

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 14

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 14

MONDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 14

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 17.

January 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Paintsville, Kentucky was Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". An award-winning singer, Gayle has accumulated 18 #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also famous for her once nearly floor-length hair.

Willie and Family Live the double live album by Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts. Recorded live at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the album features Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck on some of the songs.

Following a recommendation from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commision dedicated Highway 31, known locally as Gallatin Road, as the Johnny Cash Parkway. A ceremony was later held in the parking lot at The House Of Cash.

Shania Twain won the People's Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer at the CBS broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

Songwriter Hugh Prestwood faced criminal charges in New York after authorities at Long Island MacArthur Airport discovered a loaded.38-caliber revolver in his carry-on luggage. Prestwood's songs include Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When" and Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart."

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Red. The album sold 1.89 million copies in its first three weeks and was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year, marking Swift's second nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammys, following her 2010 victory with Fearless.