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Tuesday 10/3/17

The Dietrich school district has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit involving a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates in 2015. Lee Schlender, the victim's attorney, confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached with the District, but declined to share details regarding the amount and terms of the agreement.

Boise police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. According to law enforcement officials, witnesses say the driver of a white pickup truck was traveling in Boise on Sunday when the driver left the road and struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

Yellowstone National Park biologists say bison numbers are down from last year after its largest cull in nearly a decade. Biologists' surveys counted about 4,800 bison that live in the park, 700 less than last year. State, federal and tribal government agencies are working to lower to the bison population at the park down to 3,000.

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the people involved in a school bus crash on Friday.  The 2011 school bus belonging to Community Council of Idaho was driven by 71 year old Pedro Mendoza of Rupert. A school aid was on the bus, 20 year old Rocio Alacanter, of Burley, but no students were aboard.  The crash occurred at just before 8 a.m. at 400 S. on Idaho 27 when a car pulled out in front of the bus.

Relatives have identified the victims of the Meridian house fire as 54-year-old Scott McAlister and his mother 84-year-old Carmen Abbott, the sisters' uncle and grandmother.  The fire broke out last week after a home invasion was reported at the residence.  Police shot an armed suspect who later retreated into the home. The house caught fire a short time later.  The Ada County Sheriff's says it strongly believes a third person who died in the fire may be the home invasion suspect.

A federal court has ruled that FMC that mined phosphate for fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually.  The payment was ordered to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to store millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal lands.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says he's looking into the expensive option of housing inmates out of state because inmates keep escaping from a tent facility.  The sheriff says that about 250 people who should be considered violent are being released ahead of their trial because there's no room in the jail.  Canyon County voters have repeatedly rejected attempts to raise money to build a new jail.

Today:  Sunny. High 59F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening followed by increasing clouds with showers developing after midnight. Thunder possible. Low 38F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with light rain early. High 54F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of Rain 70%.

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 53)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 59)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 60)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 55)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 52)

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October 3rd: On this day

1950
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

1966
Merle Haggard released the album Swinging Doors which went on to peak at #1 on the Country charts. The album is sometimes called Swinging Doors and The Bottle Let Me Down, although the second half of this title is actually an advertisement for the other big single on the album

1967
Woody Guthrie died in Queens New York after a 15-year struggle with Huntington's disease. The folk singer/songwriter influenced the social content of several 20th-century genres, including country. In 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2000 he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

1969
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with At San Quentin which was a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison, the follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed At Folsom Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue".

1998
The Farm Aid 98' benefit concert took place at the Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, Phish, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Del McCoury Band and Wilco.

2005
Arista Records released "Jesus, Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood. Written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, it was the second single from her debut album, Some Hearts.The track won two major awards, Breakthrough Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year at the CMT Awards.

2006
George Strait marked his 30th year in the music industry with the release of a new album titled It Just Comes Natural which featured fifteen new songs.

Luke Combs: “This Is 100 Percent Gunfire”

Recalls Events from Side Stage at Route 91

Luke Combs was hanging out on the tour bus with Jake Owen when they decided, “Hey, let’s go watch Aldean.”

Which means that when the deadly mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival started on Sunday night (Oct. 1), Combs was in the thick of it.

“We were actually on stage when it happened,” Combs told the Today show on Monday. Combs, a country newcomer, had been one of the first to post a terrifying tweet: “Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We’re safe. Love you guys.”

But when he first heard the shots, Combs said he wasn’t all that concerned.

“We heard the first four shots ring out, and doing music for a living — you deal with pyrotechnics a lot on stage. And so nobody on stage really even batted an eye. It just seemed like it was part of the show,” he said. “Nobody on stage was concerned, and so at that point we were just standing there. And then the first burst happened.”

Even after that, though, Combs admitted he was still under the impression that something was going wrong with the pyrotechnics, or that there was some kind of electrical failure. Then people were cleared off the stage.

“It was a few minutes after that when pandemonium set in, and the bursts kept happening,” he said, estimating that he heard what sounded like 10-12 clips of ammunition. “Originally everyone was panicking, but me and my manager were pretty calm. I’ve been around firearms, and it didn’t sound like gunfire to me. Then I was in the catering tent with a fan who had kind of wandered back, and we were both talking about how it wasn’t gunfire. But then we heard the next burst and it sounded like maybe (the gunman) had put a weapon out of the window, which would completely change the sound.

“At that point,” he recalls thinking, “this is 100 percent gunfire.”

To escape the violence, Combs had to run back towards the stage and then across the street where his tour bus was parked.

“You didn’t know if it was an attack that was targeted at the festival, or if it was some kind of violence going on that happened to be close to the festival. But I don’t want to be scared, or put any shows of mine on hold, because I feel like that’s what this person wants to happen. He wants everybody to be scared and be afraid. And obviously we need to be strong in times like this, and there’s a place for us to be sad and grieve together and help each other out.

“But at the same time,” he said, “we need to be able to move forward and not let something like this affect our daily lives. Even though it’s ruined a lot of people’s lives.”

Around the Valley -

The City of Las Vegas is in need of blood following the horrific massacre late Sunday night.  If you're willing and able, PLEASE donate blood.  Your next chance in Southern Idaho is this Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Filer from 9a 'til 2p.  Get scheduled for your donation now at redcrossblood.org.  Note that if you recently donated at our Bleed For The Need event - THANK you - but you're not eligible to donate again for eight weeks, or 56 days following your previous donation.

CSI Community Education, The Dilettantes, and Magic Valley Little Theater present Chicago this Wednesday through Saturday at the CSI Fine Arts AUditorium.  Tickets are fourteen bucks and available for purchase at tickets.csi.edu, or buy in person at the CSI Box Office.

It's the 21ST ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST DINNER AND AUCTION this Friday at the Clover Trinity Lutheran Church in Buhl.  the event features a German dinner and live auction, with all proceeds going to benefit the Clover Trinity LUtheral School.  The event gets underway at 5p.

Cohorts Carnival in the Corn kicks off this Saturday on the Breckenridge Endowment Farm across from the CSI Expo Center on North College in Twin.  Five bucks includes access to food vendors, outside board games, a petting zoo, music, entertainment, carnival games, educational stations, a bounce house and a straw bale fort - or ten bucks includes everything in the $5 package but also unlimited shots at the giant sling shot range, a ride on a horse-drawn carriage to get a pumpkin to take home, and one raffle ticket to win fabulous prizes from the Council of Horticulture Students at CSI.  The Cohorts Carnival will be held EVERY Saturday this month.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Made, Flatliners, Friend Request (Unfriend), Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Home Again, American Assassin and IT.

BURLEY THEATER:  The Dark Tower

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival continues this weekend at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at Hot100Now.com.  You can also catch American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie & Wind River

HOLLYWOOD

 

Rock legend Tom Petty passed away yesterday.  He was 66.  The iconic frontman of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers went into full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night, with conflicting reports on whether the Hall of Fame musician died on Monday. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his home and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. A decision was made to pull life support.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band's 40th anniversary.

 

Nearly a decade after MTV’s TRL took its final request, the iconic series returned for a new generation of music lovers. Monday’s relaunch opened with a somber message in response to the mass shooting. The show’s hosts, along with Ed Sheeran and other guest artists, assembled to tell the viewers that their “hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."  They said "even though our hearts are hurting right now, we’re going to keep going and lift each other up.”  Then, the thing that disgusted me the most about social media yesterday happened.  Following the heart-felt message, viewers were told that “now is the time to take action” before being directed to a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gun laws and ending gun violence nationwide. It's nice to want to do something - but it's another thing entirely to politicize such an awful tragedy just hours after it unfolded.  Their distasteful propaganda gets two thumbs down from me - and if you know anything about where I stand in the whole gun control thing, that's saying something.

 

On Sunday, Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish celebrated the impending arrival of their baby boy with an elaborate “Lion King” themed baby shower.  The swanky event took place at a beach club in Malibu, and cost an estiamted $118,000.  And I thought WE held a classy affair when we booked up the backroom at Jaker's for OUR baby shower.  Anyways, The couple also announced that they will name their son Kenzo.

And despite the happy time, Hart is still in the middle of that nasty extortion scandal that revealed he may have cheated on his wife.  Hart has since apologized for his behavior. The woman in the video footage with Hart has hired an attorney and claims to have nothing to do with the extortion.

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