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TUESDAY 043019

The price of gas is going up.  Only a few months ago, the average price for a gallon was 2-dollars 29 cents.  Today, the U.S. average price for a gallon of unleaded is 2-dollars 89 cents which is 19 cents more than a month ago and 8 cents more than a year ago.  Idaho’s average has topped $3 for the first time this year due to increased demand. 

Twin Falls teacher Jason Benjamin’s teaching certificate has been revoked by the Idaho teacher ethics commission.  Benjamin admitted to police he had sex with a 17 year old former student despite a jury acquitting him in August of a felony rape charge.

Idaho and Utah are joining together to intervene on the side of the federal government after four conservation groups asked a judge to immediately halt drilling, mining and other activities to protect habitat for sage grouse.  The groups say a plan by Trump weakens protections. 

A crash between Wendell and Gooding just before 4 pm yesterday afternoon has claimed the lives of two Gooding residents.  Idaho State Police say the accident on State Highway 46 happened when a car driven by 87 year old Melvin Brooks crossed over the center line and collided head on with a truck hauling milk.  Brooks and his passenger 87 year old Nacoma Brooks died at the scene.

Lincoln county commissioners have decided on a new sheriff.  Rene King will fill the position until the next election.  Earlier commissioner Rebecca Wood said the three finalists all had their own issues.  Yesterday Wood said they did their due diligence and researched thoroughly. 

Jerome and Twin Falls County Commissioners met yesterday to continue the discussions over how to help Twin Falls gain more jail beds because of overcrowding issues.  If Twin Falls ends up pursuing a bond, the county will be several years before there will be a new building so whatever they would come up with is a temporary fix.  Currently Jerome has a contract to provide 25 beds to Twin Falls. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon with possible rain showers. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 33F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and still cool. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 69 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 74 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 39

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 77 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 69 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers - High: 71 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 39

April 30th: On this day

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Johnny Horton, most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck on November 5, 1960.

Born on this day in Washington, D.C., was Terry Gregory, country music singer-songwriter. Gregory's debut album, Just Like Me, was released in 1981 by Handshake Records. Its first single, the title track, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright's 1999 single, "Single White Female," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Glen Campbell went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Southern Nights", (a song written by Allen Toussaint), and Campbell's second US chart topper.

Winners at the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette and Con Meredith at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Dolly Parton, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Jones, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Terri Gibbs and Top New Male Vocalist of the Year went to Johnny Lee.

Capitol Nashville released "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and became #1 chart hit. It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song. “The Dance” won both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Billboard magazine renamed the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart "Hot Country Songs." The chart's renaming was part of a major redesign of the 110-year-old magazine.