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Wednesday 112719

Gas prices are stable as travelers hit the road this holiday season.  According to triple A, gas prices are about the same as they were last year.  The current price of $2.97 is two cents lower than it was last year.  Today’s national average is $2.59.

Brigham Young University Idaho will now accept Medicaid as health insurance.  That move reverses a heavily criticized decision.  The university announced plans earlier this month to stop accepting Medicaid as coverage forcing students to buy a university-backed plan costing at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a family.

Authorities at the Juvenile Corrections Center – Saint Anthony say an 18 year old resident has died of apparent natural causes. An autopsy is planned to confirm the cause of death.

An Idaho man has filed documents to keep alive his federal court challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s ballot initiative process.  Ryan Isbelle filed the amended complaint in U.S. District Court.  Isbelle contends the state’s initiative rules violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause because they give more weight to voters in some districts.  He said he’s collecting signatures for an active ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.

Torey Adamcek who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for his role in the stabbing death of another teenager as part of a quest to become a famous serial killer, will remain behind bars.  A U.S. District Court rejected his request that his first-degree murder conviction be vacated and that he receive a new sentence.  Adamcik was 16 on September 2006 when he and then 16-year-old Brian Draper killed their friend and classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart, 17, in a house north of Pocatello.

Idaho officials are seeking public comments on a waiver to Medicaid expansion involving mental health treatment and substance abuse.  The waiver would allow Medicaid recipients to receive inpatient treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders at a freestanding psychiatric hospital.


Looking at the Boise State Bronco’s this weekend; Jaylon Henderson has been named one of the captains for Friday's game against Colorado State.  As far as the team goes, BSU has never lost to Colorado State in eight meetings.  This match-up also marks the first day game since Florida State for the Broncos this year. As BSU preps to host the Mountain West Championship on December 7, they hope to accomplish a major feat. None of the previous Bronco teams have gone undefeated in the Mountain West.  BSU is currently 7-0.

Congratulations are in order for some Gooding high school football teammates. Gooding's Shane Jennings is the SCIC Offensive Player of the Year, while Jared Conrad and AJ Garrell share Defensive Player of the Year honors.

In high school girls basketball, Jerome remains undefeated for the season taking the win last night from Kimberly 58 to 29.  Preston won it over Twin Falls 52 to 38.  Dietrich took the win from Glenns Ferry 46 to 29 and Minico won their game against Canyon Ridge 69 to 45.  Carey beat Shoshone 51 to 20 and Wendell overpowered Valley 38 to 34.  It was Declo 41 to Buhl’s 35.  Richfield outlasted Twin Falls Christian Academy 43 to 6.  Elsewhere burley defeated Wood River 61 to 42 and Mountain Home won the game against Pocatello 54 to 46. 

Cameron Hunter came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points to help North Dakota State pull away from Idaho in the second half for a 70-53 victory last night.


Today:  Light snow this morning will taper off as a few snow showers this afternoon. High 39F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. Low 24F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thanksgiving: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 18.

FRIDAY:  Slight chance of morning snow showers followed by decreasing afternoon clouds. High: 25. Low: 10.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with scattered snow showers. High: 26. Low: 11.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM snow showers. Cold and brezzy. High: 25. Low: 17.

MONDAY: After a chance of snow showers, decreasing clouds late in the day. High: 31. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies and cold. High: 35.

November 27th: On this day

Born on this day, in Brooklyn, New York, was Eddie Rabbitt, singer-songwriter and musician who as a songwriter in the late 1960s, wrote such hits as "Kentucky Rain" for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap. Rabbitt also had the 1976 US #1 Country hit with "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)". He died from lung cancer at the age of 56 on 7th May 1998.

Born on this day, was Sammy Creason, American session drummer who played with many artists including Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Rita Coolidge, Billy Swan, Hoyt Axton, Gene Clark, Jimmy Buffett, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Creason died on 21 December 1995.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Rita Coolidge who performed "Something 'Bout You Baby I Like" and then with Glen Campbell played "Orange Blossom Special" and "I Believe".

Sling Blade, set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, opened in American movie theaters. The picture featured Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter's son, John Ritter. The movie won Billy Bob Thornton an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US country chart with When Somebody Loves You. His ninth studio album produced the singles: "Where I Come From", "www.memory", "When Somebody Loves You", and "It's Alright to Be a Redneck."

Reba McEntire was nominated for a People's Choice Award for her acting in the TV series Reba. During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot, with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers. Reba was broadcast worldwide in over 30 different countries.

During a Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Toby Keith performed "Beer For My Horses," "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" and "How Do You Like Me Now?!"

Rosanne Cash was admitted to New York's Presbyterian Hospital for brain surgery. The surgery was successful, though recovery was slow, and in March 2008 she was forced to cancel her spring tour dates for further recuperation.