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The U.S Supreme Court yesterday ruled that an Idaho group must stop collecting online signatures for an education funding initiative for the November ballot.  The court ruled in favor of Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request that a district court’s order allowing online signatures be stayed until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case and makes a ruling. Arguments before that court are scheduled for the middle of August in the expedited case.

Unemployment claims in Idaho fell 17 percent from the previous week.  Department of Labor officials say new claims were 4-thousand 703 a decrease of 984 claims.  The 4 week average fell 3 percent to 5193 claims per week.

Fire crews from the city and County of Jerome along with manpower from Wendell were called to a fire that destroyed a semi-truck and a passenger Bus in Jerome early yesterday morning.  Fire chief Mike Harrison said the incident happened at 200 West C in front of Bennet’s truck repair.  The chief credits quick action of the crew who were able to save nearby trucks from damage.  The semi was loaded with apples. 

Michelle Rene Descharme, the woman who walked away from a prison work crew was found yesterday afternoon in Rupert.  She was taken back into custody without incident. 

A former participant in an armed occupation in 2016 at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared in court this week after he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer during a shootout in northern Idaho earlier this month.   52 year old Sean L. Anderson was arrested July 23 after a police pursuit and shootout July 18 following an attempted traffic stop for an apparent equipment violation.

Movie Goers good news.  The magic valley Cinema in the Magic Valley mall is scheduled to reopen August 21st.  Initially they will be operating with reduced hours and staggered show times.  Auditoriums will also be limited to 50-percent capacity. 


Today:  Sunny. Very hot. High 104F. E winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 64F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Mainly sunny skies, hot and breezy. High: 94. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Sunny skies, a little bit breezy and not as warm. High: 86. Low: 57.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91.

July 31st: On this day

Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas was Bonnie Brown. The American country music singer was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". Brown died on July 16, 2016 aged 77.

Born on this day in Ocala, Florida, was Chad Brock, Country music singer, songwriter and DJ who scored the 2000 US #1 Country hit "Yes!"

A private aircraft piloted by Jim Reeves crashed during a thunderstorm near Nashville, Tennessee. Both Reeves and business partner Dean Manuel were killed in the crash; their bodies are found two days later following a massive search for the two missing men. Reeves became known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music) and his songs continued to chart for years after his death.

Alabama were at #1 on the Country charts with "Feels So Right" the title track from their second studio album which was their first #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Garth Brooks scored his ninth #1 Country single with "The River", the fifth and final single from his album Ropin' the Wind.

The Black Crowes filed a lawsuit against Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation, alleging that her song "Work Hard, Play Harder" copied the Crowes song "Jealous Again".

Brad Paisley performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event in Lewisburg, W.Va. An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event to watch Underwood and Paisley perform in the pouring rain.