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Friday 4/5/24

Accused killer Bryan Kohberger was back in a courtroom yesterday afternoon.  At issue: whether his lawyers violated the judge's gag order in his first-degree murder trial.  The defense has been calling and surveying residents of that area of Idaho.  They want to know if residents can be unbiased jurors.  Prosecutors want the defense to stop calling people.

A 34 year old Ketchum man is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.  Authorities in Blaine County Say they arrested Edson Ayala after an investigation with help from the Internet Crimes against Children. 

Hydropower generated for electricity from Oregon and Washington dams fell to historically low levels last year, and experts expect it could drop further by year’s end.  Officials at the U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published data showing that hydropower generation in the Northwest between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023, dropped to a 22-year low. 

The 2024 legislative session is ending the way the 2023 session did.  And the way the 2022 session did.  With a showdown over libraries.  Earlier this week the Senate and the House passed a bill that would require school and public libraries to take steps to keep obscene materials away from minors. The bill now goes to Gov. Brad Little, who vetoed a library bill at the end of the 2023 session.  Little’s deadline is 10 a.m. on April 10.

The blue jackets are back in Twin Falls this week.  The annual FFA convention is underway at the College Of Southern Idaho.  The event has brought in 1500 students in grades 7 through 12  for the four day event.

On Monday, eclipse watchers in Idaho wondering how much we will see?  Depending on where in the gem state viewers are the sun will be partially hidden by the moon at anywhere from 30 to 45 percent and in portions of Idaho a little bit more.   

The jury selection of accused murderer Chad Daybell is nearing completion.  Yesterday 52 potential jurors were added to the pool exceeding  the goal of 50.  Now they will be narrowing that list down to 18 then 12 with the  other 6 alternates.  The trial is expected to last 8 to 10 weeks.

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