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Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a new extreme emergency declaration for the gem state.  He said this would allow him to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho’s Health care system.  The statewide stay at home order is in effect for 21 days.  Essential services will remain operational.

Just after 8 pm Tuesday, a low speed pursuit by Jerome city and county authorities ended with the arrest of two females.  Sheriff George Oppedyk said the investigation continues and not much info can be released.  The two occupants ages 34 and 19, jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion and were taken to the Twin Falls hospital for treatment.  Both had active arrest warrants.  No shots were fired and no law enforcement officers were injured.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a transportation funding bill citing his concern that it takes money that might be needed elsewhere at a time of economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The governor vetoed the bill that would have shifted about $18 million in sales tax money to roads from the state’s general fund.

Beware.  That’s the warning from the Better Business Bureau.  The government relief checks will give scammers an opportunity to make a quick buck off of consumers.  Scammers may try to get personal and financial information while acting as if they are gathering information for government relief checks. Know who you are talking to before giving any info out.

Now that Governor Brad Little has declared a state of emergency, any business that sells products at a major markup could find themselves in trouble with the law.  Idaho's price gouging statute prohibits selling fuel, food, drugs or water at an exorbitant or excessive price during a state of emergency. 

Jerome County commissioners have signed a disaster declaration.  That means the county can seek reimbursement from federal and state agencies.

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery near Boise is following a directive from the National Cemetery Administration.  Currently committal services and military funeral honors will not be conducted at veterans cemeteries nationwide until further notice.

SPORTS

Is school sports over for the year?  Let’s just say it’s not looking good.  Earlier it was announced that all of Idaho’s public schools and charter schools are out until at least April 20th.  The schedule called for spring sports to be back up and running on the sixth but that date has been postponed for at least two weeks  Then, the Idaho High School athletic association issued a mandate saying that since there isn't school going on the facilities are not available as well inside or out.  No one is allowed on school facilities anywhere in Idaho. The college spring sports season has been canceled completely.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 46F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. High around 50F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 47. Low: 32.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated afternoon and evening rain showers. High: 52. Low: 36.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers. High: 55. Low: 36.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 60. Low: 38.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and seasonably warm. High: 63. Low: 38.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. High: 64.

March 26th: On this day

1942
Born on this day, was Larry Butler, country music producer, songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

1952
Hank Williams appeared on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing "Hey Good Lookin'". He later joined in with the rest of the cast singing his own "I Saw The Light". Footage from this show was later used for the "There's A Tear In My Beer" video some 37 years later.

1952
Born on this day in Lakeland, Florida was musician Monte Yoho. He is best known as being a member of Outlaws, working with The Bellamy Brothers and Blackhawk.

1955
Born on this day, was Dean Dillon, country music artist who between 1982 and 1993, recorded six studio albums on various labels, and charted several singles on the Billboard country charts. Dillon has continued to write several hit songs for other artists, most notably George Strait. He is the father of country music songwriter, Jessie Jo Dillon, and the two often collaborate.

1956
Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Charlotte Denise "Charly" McClain, country music singer, best known for series of Country hits during the 1980s Including, "Who's Cheatin' Who," "Sleeping With the Radio On," and "Radio Heart."

1968
Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Kenny Chesney country music singer and songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums which have produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.

1974
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

1992
George Thackston pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of the fatal accident which killed Dottie West. Thackston who was driving the car, was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, and was also ordered to complete an alcohol treatment program.

1996
The Woman in Me the second studio album by Shania Twain was at #1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?", a song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album.