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Wednesday 032520

The deadline Gov. Brad Little has given himself for possibly vetoing two anti-transgender bills sent to him by the Legislature is 6:30 p.m. March 31.  The Republican governor is receiving pressure to veto a bill banning transgender women from sports and another preventing transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates.

As of this morning, Idaho has a total of 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19.  South Central Public Health District is reporting a total of 36 cases in Blaine County up from 21.

Church officials say a Utah man who died from the coronavirus had visited a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple the week before his diagnosis.  The temple in Bountiful, north of Salt Lake City, has closed after state health officials announced the man's death.

Police say a 43 year old Burley man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly cut a woman Monday with a kitchen knife.   Joseph A. Price is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, two counts of mayhem, battery with the intent to commit a serious felony, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and injury to a child.  The woman suffered injuries to her head, face and extensive injury to her hands. 

Authorities in north-central Idaho say a 59-year-old woman died after the pickup she was riding in got stuck in snow.  Linda Pullin, of Moscow, was riding with another woman near Spring Valley Reservoir when the pickup they were in got stuck. The other woman walked to an area where she had cell service and called her boyfriend to be picked up.

The price of gas is going down.  With the spread of Coronavirus, changes in work and travel plans and the price war in the global crude oil market the national average price for regular gas is 2-dollars 11 cents.  Some states have gas less than 2 dollars a gallon while Idaho’s price is $2.45 a gallon. 

The Idaho Humane Society has received dozens of dogs and three cats after the animals were rescued from a hoarding situation in Mountain Home.  55 toy breed Papillons were seized from a 700-square-foot home.  60 year old Kathleen Pamela Schweikert was charged with animal cruelty, owning unlicensed dogs, and operating without a kennel license. Her trial is set for May. 


For the first time in program history, two Boise State men's basketball players are named to the All-District team in the same season.  Derrick Alston Jr. and Justinian Jessup helped BSU reach 20 wins this season.  Alston scored 544 points over the course of the year, 11th most in program history, while Jessup added 512.  District 17 encompasses the 11 Mountain West schools.


Today:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 47F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 29F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers, generally during the afternoon and evening. High: 45. Low: 28.

FRIDAY:  Developing clouds throughout the day with breezy conditions. High: 48. Low: 33.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of valley rain and mountain rain and snow showers. High: 52. Low: 37.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers. High: 56. Low: 38.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy with warmer temperatures. High: 62. Low: 40.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. High: 63.

March 25th: On this day

Born on this day in Seattle, Washington, was Bonnie Guitar, Country-Pop Singer. She is best remembered for her 1957 Country-Pop crossover hit "Dark Moon". She became one of the first female Country Music singers to have songs crossover from the Country charts to the Pop charts. She died on January 13th 2019 age 95.

Born on this day, Hoyt Axton, US singer, songwriter and actor who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. Had his own hits with "When The Morning Comes" and "Flash Of Fire". Acting roles included Bionic Woman and McCloud. Axton died of a heart attack on October 26th 1999, aged 61.

Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, (the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals), who first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

Born on this day, was Ronald Dean "Ronnie" McDowell, country music artist who had the 1977 hit "The King Is Gone", a tribute to Elvis Presley, who had died not long before the single's release. McDowell has charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Two of his singles, "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation" peaked at #1 on the country charts.

Born on this day in York, Pennsylvania, was Robbie Fulks, alternative country singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums over a career spanning more than 25 years.

Johnny Cash recorded the June Carter/Merle Kilgore song "Ring Of Fire." The song was originally recorded by June's sister Anita Carter, on her 1963 album Folk Songs Old and New as "(Love's) Ring of Fire". Cash claimed he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by "Mexican trumpets". It became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash's career, staying at #1 on the charts for seven weeks.

Winners at the 9th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roger Miller, and Charlie Rich included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Charlie Rich, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Olivia Newton John, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Dorsey Burnette, and Album of the Year Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors.

Linda Ronstadt released her version of the Everly Brothers 1960 hit "When Will I Be Loved" from her album Heart Like a Wheel, which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson became the last song for 12 years to spend four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. There wouldn't be another four-week #1 until "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" by Randy Travis in April 1990.

73-year-old country music singer Ray Price was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana. He was fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charges. According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson - no stranger to marijuana arrests - phoned and told him he'd just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.

Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He pioneered the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts, his first being the 1963 hit "Act Naturally".

Dan Seals died aged 61. He first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

During a visit to the doctor, Charlie Daniels was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to a Nashville hospital for a series of routine tests. The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate. Daniels had one fitted a few days later.

"Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift featuring Keith Urban on guitar was released from McGraw's album Two Lanes of Freedom. The track became a #1 on the Billboard US Country Airplay charts.

Out Among the Stars the posthumously released studio album by Johnny Cash was released which later peaked at #1 on the Country album charts. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia Records, and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012.

"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of 25 recordings to be preserved by the US Library of Congress. The song was written and first recorded by Merle Travis at the Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood, California on August 8, 1946.