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329 new and amended laws went into effect July 1 for Idahoans.  Some of the big ones is the Move Over law that requires motorists to move over if there is someone pulled off on the side of the road.  Run a stop arm on a school bus and you could pay up to $600 in fines.  18 year olds can conceal carry a gun inside the city limits.  Idaho officials are now required by law to test all sexual assault kits. 

Idaho’s education system fell further behind goals.  The governor’s task force made no recommendations during the meeting at CSI but identified two questions: How to measure district success and how to promote improvement.  Meanwhile, officials say Idaho’s Latino student population is growing, while the number of Latino or nonwhite teachers remains stagnant.

21 year old Alex James Chappell’s sentencing was delayed earlier this week after he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for stabbing Daniel Lopez.  He is scheduled to be sentenced July 29 and faces up to 15 years in prison.

Gary Vinsonhaler of Boise has filed a tort claim against the state after he was attacked with a pruning saw.  Police arrested 38 year old Ruben Diaz who was on parole living in an assisted living facility near the victim’s home.  He was arrested after Vinsonhaler was attacked last November.  The claim says officials didn’t ensure the suspect was taking his meds, a condition of his parole. 

Officials have identified 6,700 square miles in Idaho to test a plan that allows state participation in federal timber sales to pay for restoration work on private, state and federal lands.  The agreement is intended to improve forest health and decrease the risk of disease and catastrophic fires.

The fireworks show tomorrow at CSI will begin about 10 pm.  The display is free and there will be several areas on campus and nearby that will provide optimum viewing.  The music will be synced and can be heard on Hot 100, KAT 106 and 94-7 BUCK FM.  


In sports around the area, a Boise State University track champion has chosen to give up her final season of college eligibility and become a professional athlete.  Allie Ostrander hired an agent Sunday and is negotiating a contract.  Ostrander won three consecutive collegiate national titles in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, including a school record-setting performance last month.  A former high school star in Kenai, Alaska, Ostrander graduated from Boise State in May.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High around 80F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Evening clouds will give way to clearing overnight. Low 52F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. High: 82 Low: 52   Mountains – Clouds and some sunshine, possible afternoon showers and storms. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. High: 73 Low: 45

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 87 Low: 57  Mountains – Mostly sunny skies. High: 78 Low: 49

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 92 Low: 58   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 83 Low: 53

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 92 Low: 58   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 83 Low: 52

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 88 Low: 57   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 81 Low: 52

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 89 Low: 55   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 81 Low: 50

July 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, "Lookin' for Love" spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something" became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit ‘There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio.’

Born on this day in Blytheville, Arkansas, was Trent Tomlinson, country music artist. His debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006 produced three Top 40 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Drunker Than Me", "One Wing in the Fire" and "Just Might Have Her Radio On."

Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, ‘Let It Rain.’

The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with "That Summer". Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Sandy Mahl and taken from his fourth studio album The Chase, the track also appears on The Hits, The Ultimate Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live.

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died at his home in Ashland City aged 84. He wrote such country hits as Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down," Reba McEntire's "You Lift Me Up to Heaven," and Highway 101's "Whiskey, if You Were a Woman".