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THURSDAY 050919          

Twin Falls resident Brian McFadden was sentenced earlier this week for insurance fraud according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.  The judge sentenced the 42 year old to serve up to 5 years but suspended the sentence and ordered four years of probation instead.  The incident stems from the purchase of an insurance policy in 2017.  Four days later McFadden filed claim stating he had been in a collision the next day.  Turns out the accident happened before the policy was purchased. 

If you travel the Idaho roads this summer, you’ll probably encounter road construction somewhere along the way.  The State Transportation department will have 16 different projects underway, just in southern Idaho.  One of the bigger projects is the Interstate 84, Interstate 86 Salt Lake City interchange.

Garth Brooks will be in Boise July 20th.  The country superstar will play a concert at Albertsons stadium.  The show will be Brooks' first concert in Boise in more than two decades, as well as first ever major concert event to be held at Boise State's Albertsons Stadium.

Idaho’s tax revenue collections came in higher than expected in April, but the state is still falling short of the forecast for the fiscal year.  General fund revenue collections came in about $36 million higher than expected in April. If tax collections meet the forecast for June, the state will end the fiscal year with about 1 percent less in revenue than it collected last year.

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering reducing the 15-year sentence of a northern Idaho man who threw a punch that killed another man.  Defense attorneys for 23-year-old Tyler Finlay said a pre-sentence report for his sentencing hearing contained inaccuracies.  Finlay in November 2017 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the June 2017 death of 29-year-old Jeffrey Marfice.

A planned trail connecting the tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley is being challenged in federal court by the owners of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch.  The lawsuit contends the plan for the 4.4-mile trail for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders and snowmobilers has “numerous flaws and illegalities,” including failing to do a study on the environmental impacts of the trail.

SPORTS

In local sports, in High School Boys Baseball, Canyon Ridge is out of district play after losing to Pocatello yesterday 11 to 1.    Elsewhere in 4th district action it was Burley 3 Century 1. 

In girls high school softball, Mountain Home slipped past Burley 8 to 7 and Twin Falls downed Canyon Ridge 10 to 3.

WEATHER

Today:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.  Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: East 10-20 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: East 5-15 mph.  Magic Valley: High: 64 (Wood River Valley: High: 58)

Tonight:  Mostly clear with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly clear with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Chilly.  Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: East 5-15 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: NE 5-15 mph.  Magic Valley: Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: Low: 34)

Tomorrow:  Sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 71 Low: 42 (Wood River Valley: High: 66 Low: 38)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 76 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 72 Low: 43)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies. Warm.

Magic Valley: High: 80 Low: 50 (Wood River Valley: High: 75 Low: 45)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 81 Low: 51 (Wood River Valley: High: 75 Low: 45)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Warm.

Magic Valley: High: 79 (Wood River Valley: High: 74)

May 9th: On this day

1914
Born on this day in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, was Hank Snow, (Clarence Eugene Snow), who scored more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980, including "I'm Moving On", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", and "Hello Love". He is a member of both the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame. Snow died on December 20, 1999.

1942
Born on this day in Hodgenville, Kentucky, was Bobby Lewis, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1963 and 1985, Lewis released ten albums and charted more than twenty-five songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, "How Long Has It Been," peaked at #6 in 1966.

1950
Born on this day in Macon, Georgia was Country singer Randy Howard who was part of the Outlaw Country movement that spawned Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and more. His released his debut album, Now and Then, in 1976. He was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65 on June 11 2015.

1968
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde”. Written by Haggard and Bonnie Owens It was released as the first single and title track from the album The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde. The song was Haggard's fourth 1# and spent two weeks at #1 and a total of 14 weeks on the country chart.

1974
Merle Haggard had the #1 country single with "Things Aren't Funny Anymore", Haggard's seventeenth #1 on the country charts spent ten weeks on the country chart.

1983
Winners at the 18th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Jerry Reed, John Schneider and Tammy Wynette included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Slyvia, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Ronnie Milsap, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Karen Brooks, op Vocal Duet of the Year - David Frizzell and Shelly West and Album of the Year went to Willie Nelson for Always On My Mind.

1989
Keith Whitley, the country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s was found dead fully clothed face down on his bed. The cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning). At the time of his death, he had just finished work on his fourth and final studio album, I Wonder Do You Think of Me. The album was released three months after his death, and produced two more #1 hits, with the title track and "It Ain't Nothin'."

2005
Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger in a ceremony on the island of St. John. They had met in January of thie year at a tsunami relief benefit concert. On September 15 of that same year, after only four months of marriage, the couple announced their plans for an annulment.

2008
Members of Alabama sued their drummer Mark Herndon for $202,670 in money allegedly overpaid to him three years earlier after the band's farewell tour. Since 1982, Herndon had been a paid employee of Wild Country Inc. according to the court papers. In December 2002, a new contract was signed which provided that Herndon would be paid an annual salary of $100,000 and receive a 22.725 percent share of net Live Performance revenue actually received by the group.

2015
American country musician associated with Western swing Johnny Gimble died at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas. Gimble was considered one of the most important fiddlers in the genre and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 in the early influences category as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.