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Wednesday 021220

With $260 million in federal money at stake, lawmakers on a Senate panel voted to create an interim committee to review and recommend new math, science and English standards for Idaho’s 300,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.  The House Education Committee last week rejected the current standards.  The Common Core standards are benchmarks.  They allow states to compare how their students are doing with students in other states.

Police in Twin Falls continue to search for the man who robbed the Oasis Stop and Go on Washington Street south early Monday morning.  Authorities say one male entered the store shortly after 2 am.  Meanwhile no updates on the Bank Robbery at the D.L. Evans bank in Burley.  A man walked into the bank and demanded money Monday morning.  Call the Police if you can assist in either investigation.

Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho headed to the full Senate.   The Senate Resources and Environment Committee approved the measure.  Fish and Game officials say resident hunters have asked for, to help with overcrowding in the field.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little may soon introduce a five-year teacher pay plan providing more than $225 million in additional state support to boost teacher salaries.  The plan proposed increasing state funding to establish $40,000 annual pay for beginning teachers, $50,000 for mid-level teachers and $60,000 for veteran educators.

Legislation for a constitutional amendment introduced Monday could end up reducing some property taxes by removing exemptions for others.  Specifically, the constitutional amendment would require any new revenue be used to reduce levy rates on all properties in the district.

The budget for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Medicaid will surpass $3 billion for the first time with more than $2 billion of that coming from the federal government.  Division officials say that about 320,000 of Idaho’s 1.75 million residents are receiving some type of help through Medicaid, food stamps or child care assistance.


In sports from around the gem state, Lyzan Gillette led Oakley with 14 points, but Raft River pulled away to win 38-23 and capture their first district championship since the 2014/2015 season. 

Valley beat Glenns Ferry 48-14 in a loser-out game.  Elsewhere it was Kimberly 39 over Gooding 37.  The Bulldogs will face Filer tonight  at 7.  Hansen said no to Murtaugh 53 to 37.  Camas County outlasted Castleford 46 to 23 and Preston downed Twin Falls 48 to 37.

The Jerome Tigers stayed alive in the Great Basin Tournament last night winning the other tigers from Mountain Home 55 to 39.  They will play Preston Tomorrow for the district’s third state position. 

As for the Boys, Wendell took the win from Buhl 55 to 52.  Kimberly outlasted Filer 69 to 55 and Gooding said no way to Declo 49 to 45. 

On the wrestling mats, Sugar salem took the win from Kimberly 42 to 41.  Buhl then outlasted Sugar Salem 52 to 36 and Buhl won over Valley 65 to 17.  Buhl also took the win from Wood River 65 to 18 and Kimberly said not today to Valley 52 to 27. 

In college hoops, Justinian Jessup scored 18 points, including the Broncos’ first 4-point play of the season, and Boise State beat Air Force 74-57 last night to win its 11th consecutive home game.

Tomorrow night, Montana State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to nine games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Montana State lost 74-49 at Eastern Washington in its most recent game.  Game time 7 pm Max Worthington Arena in Bozeman.

Idaho seeks revenge on Eastern Washington after dropping the first matchup in Moscow. The teams last went at it on Jan. 16, when the Eagles outshot Idaho 49.1 percent to 45.9 percent and hit eight more 3-pointers en route to the 78-75 victory.  That game tomorrow at 8:45 in Cheney Washington.


Today:  sunshine. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 27F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 29.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 26.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mainly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 43. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy. High: 40. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers. High: 40.

February 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Washington, D.C. was Stephen H. Sholes a prominent recording executive with RCA Victor. He was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, and Pee Wee King. In 1955, he signed Elvis Presley for RCA Victor.

Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Moe Bandy who had the 1974 Country top 10 album It Was Always So Easy and the 1979 Country #1 hit "I Cheated Me Right Out of You."

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs. In the early-to mid-1970s, he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Jimmy Webb who performed songs with Glen Campbell including "Saturday Night", "MacArthur Park" and "Ocean in His Eyes."

Toby Keith released his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" and the first single from his self-titled debut album. The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Song chart. The track has received more than three million spins on country radio, making it the most-played country song of the 1990s.

Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin' Time which featured the hits "A Better Man", "Nothing's News", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.

Tom T. Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the #1 international pop crossover smash "Harper Valley PTA."

Taylor Swift's song "Mean" received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. Speak Now was also nominated for Best Country Album but lost to Lady Antebellum's Own the Night. Glenn Campbell appeared at the awards and sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" as a goodbye to live performances.

Country music singer Daryle Singletary died age 46. Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times in the 90's, reaching #2 with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and #4 with "Too Much Fun".