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Anti-mask disruption halts council meeting in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A day after a school board meeting in Walla Walla, Washington was halted because of a person protesting COVID-19 mask requirements, a council meeting was shut down there by a large anti-mask crowd. On Wednesday,…

WSU announces contract extension for Kyle Smith

Washington State University Director of Athletics Pat Chun announced Thursday that men's head basketball coach Kyle Smith had agreed to a contract extension. Smith's extension will keep him on the Palouse through the 2026-27 season. Smith was named the head coach of the Cougs in 2019 and originally signed a six-year contract that ran through the 2024-25 campaign.

Made in the Northwest: Revival Tea Company

It calls itself the tea drinkers tea company. Revival Tea Company in downtown Spokane has been growing like gangbusters since it opened in 2018. And as Derek Deis learned in this edition of Made in the Northwest, its tea offerings, its facilities and its distribution are all expanding.

Teacher shortage shuts down Idaho school district

FILER, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho school district with about 1,600 students is temporarily closing its schools due to not having enough teachers or substitute teachers. The Filer School District on Wednesday announced on its website schools will close…

Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho should adopt a health policy that would make vaccine status a private medical record that employees could refuse to make available to employers as a way to thwart President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, an attorney…