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A House panel rejected math, science and English standards used to make sure Idaho’s 300,000 students are meeting specific criteria.  The House Education Committee voted 10-5 to reject the standards put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education as part of its rules package.  If the Senate also rejects the standards, the Board of Education would create temporary rules to take before lawmakers next year.

Idaho’s wine industry won’t have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that headed to the governor’s desk.  The Senate voted 32-3 to approve the measure the state’s wine industry says would save it tens of thousands of dollars. The measure has already cleared the House.

Idaho trout farm Riverence Holdings has announced the acquisition of its larger competitor Clear Springs Foods and now controls the majority of the market share in the state.  Clear Springs Foods has been producing rainbow trout along the Snake River in southern Idaho for more than 50 years, company officials said.

Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under proposed legislation.  The legislation would also prevent punitive damages against a governmental entity or its employees. Punitive damages are a punishment intended to deter similar behavior in the future.

An Idaho lawmaker wants his colleagues to take a closer look at ways to improve air travel across the state.  Currently no airports in Idaho — including the largest, in Boise — offer direct commercial flights to any other Idaho city.  The resolution could come up for a Senate vote possibly today. If it passes, it will go to the House for further action.

52 year old Gunnar Ericsson of Boise was sentenced to 85 years in prison after he was convicted of making and distributing child pornography.  Ericsson must serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.  A jury found Ericsson guilty in November of seven felonies including sexual exploitation of a child and sexual abuse of a minor.


In sports from around the region, first to Girls District playoffs.  Bailey Black posted a game-high 20 points, but the Spartans couldn't pull off the upset over Burley with a final score of 50 to 41.  Meanwhile, Jerome is moving forward with their defeat of Twin Falls 47 to 40. They now head to Century to face a Diamondbacks team that hasn't lost to an Idaho opponent. The semi-final contest is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. That game can be heard on KART 1400 AM.  Twin Falls hosts Pocatello, also at 7 p.m. 

Oakley downed Valley 34 to 31 and Glenns Ferry outlasted Shoshone 34 to 24.  Dietrich took the win from Hagerman 48 to 27.

In Boys Basketball, Lighthouse took the win from Murtaugh 49 to 25 and the Sun Valley Community School said no to the Twin Falls Christian academy with 70 to 58.  It took an overtime game for Butte County to defeat Carey 54 to 51. 

On the wrestling mats, Kimberly took their first matchup against Parma 47 to 33 but lost in the second against Weiser 60 to 20.  Then Fruitland took the win from Kimberly 57 to 20. 

As far as college basketball action, Cameron Shelton scored 24 points and Bernie Andre added 20 points and seven rebounds as Northern Arizona defeated Idaho State 88-87 in overtime last night and Borja Fernandez came off the bench to score 18 points to carry Montana State to a 72-50 win over Idaho.

Sacramento State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to eight games. Sacramento State’s last Big Sky win came against the Portland State Vikings 66-55 on Jan. 23. Idaho State has dropped its last seven games against conference opponents.  That game tomorrow at 7 pm at Holt Arena in Pocatello. 

Montana goes for the season sweep over Idaho after winning the previous matchup in Missoula. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Grizzlies shot 43.1 percent from the field on their way to the 67-63 victory.  Montana will travel to the Kibbie  Dome in Moscow tomorrow with game time set for 7:30. 


Today:  Overcast skies and windy. High near 50F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 41F. Low: 26.Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

SUNDAY: Isolated AM rain and snow showers, followed by decreasing clouds. High: 39. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 38. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 41. Low: 25.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers and breezy. High: 38. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 36.


Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Shoshone, Lava Beds



* WHAT...West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.


* WHERE...Eastern Magic Valley, including the Shoshone, Burley, and Interstate 84.


* WHEN...Until 7 PM MST this evening.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds can make travel difficult for high profile vehicles. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Raft River Region; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains



* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.


* WHERE...Southern-central highlands, including Almo, Albion, Malta, Rockland, Holbrook, and Interstate 84 from Idahome to the Utah state line.


* WHEN...Until 7 PM MST this evening.


* IMPACTS...Gusty cross winds can make travel difficult for high profile vehicles. Areas of blowing and drifting snow may create localized road hazards.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Southern Twin Falls County; Western Magic Valley



* WHAT...West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.


* WHERE...Western Magic Valley and Southern Twin Falls County.


* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

February 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Valley Head, West Virginia, was Wilma Lee Cooper American bluegrass-based country music entertainer. Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper had success in the late 1950s and early 1960s scoring seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits on Billboard charts, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel." He died on Sept 13 2011 aged 90.

Born on this day Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Garth Brooks, country singer, who had the 1991 US #1 album Ropin' The Wind which spent 70 weeks on the US chart, and the 1994 UK #13 single "The Red Strokes." Brooks is the biggest selling artist of the 90's with over 60 million sales. According to the RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall is third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold.

Patsy Cline made her debut on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry when she performed her 1961 Top 10 hit "Crazy" (written by a little-known songwriter named Willie Nelson), as well as her 1962 hit "She's Got You."

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country chart with "Joshua" her first single to reach #1 on the US country charts. Parton received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Female Vocal category for the song, (losing to Lynn Anderson).

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country album charts with Greatest Hits, (the album reached #1 on both the Pop and Country charts in the US), and featured three singles that were not included on any of Rogers' studio albums: "Lady" (written and produced specifically for Rogers by Lionel Richie), "Love The World Away" (a top five country and top 20 pop hit that was featured on the soundtrack of the box-office smash Urban Cowboy) and "Long Arm of the Law". This was also Rogers' third #1 album of the year. (the other two being Kenny and Gideon).

Hank Williams Jr. released "Texas Women" as the first single from the album Rowdy which became his third #1 on the country chart, the first since "Eleven Roses" in 1972.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the US country album chart with his third album Old 8 x 10, which featured the three #1 country singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over." The album earned Travis three American Music Awards for Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album, and Favorite Country Single ("Deeper Than the Holler").

Shania Twain released her second studio album The Woman in Me, which went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.