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Feb. 22, 2018: What to Know

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  • During a "listening session" Wednesday, President Donald Trump sat down with survivors of school shootings. He held a cheat sheet of talking points during the meeting, and cameras caught a glimpse of No. 5 on his list: "I hear you."  It was an emotional affair as survivors spoke of lost relatives and barely held back tears. The New York Times reports one father asked Trump, "How many children have to get shot?"

  • Meanwhile, during a Wednesday evening town hall televised by CNN, a 17-year-old high school junior confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), face-to-face, asking how the senator could continue to take thousands of dollars in political contributions from the National Rifle Association. CNN reports Rubio would not swear to refuse NRA money in the future, and that the senator said he "will always accept money from people who support my agenda."
  • Boise Fire crews responded to an early morning call to Boise State University today. There weren't many details from Boise State security other than to say that a "fire suppression issue" was reported at Riverfront Hall. The first round of classes at the building was canceled. By 9:45 a.m., crews gave the "all clear." Riverfront Hall was reopened at 10 a.m., and classes were scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m.
  • The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Thursday morning to remind commuters that there are at least a few more weeks of winter ahead. A low pressure system over the interior northwest dumped quite a bit of snow on the Treasure Valley, while the region's ski resorts were gifted with a lot of fresh powder. More snow is in the forecast for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25.
  • Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports the Danish Meteorological Institute has found Arctic temperatures have soared to 45 degrees above normal as warm air spills into the Arctic from all sides. On the eastern seaboard of the United States, communities are simmering in some of the warmest February weather ever recorded.

  • More than a few American television watchers were left bleary-eyed this morning thanks to a thrilling women's hockey match at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics that stretched past 2 a.m. eastern time. Ultimately, the U.S. women's hockey team bested Canada in a heart-pumping shootout 3-2. Hilary Knight of Sun Valley scored the first goal of the game, leading the U.S. to victory. She tweeted out, "This one was for you. Thank you for believing in us." It's the first gold medal for the American women in ice hockey in 20 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. won gold and silver medals on the ski halfpipe, American women won the silver in the two-woman bobsled and skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin won the silver in the women's super combined alpine event.

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  • Have you ever eaten at the fast food chain Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers? Maybe you will soon. Business Insider calls it a "cult chicken chain that's taking over America." In a recent survey by QSR magazine, Raising Cane's beat out the biggest chains in the country by offering the fastest drive-thru service: an average of 2 minutes and 48 seconds. Raising Cane's has a minimalist menu, featuring only four options and a kid's combo.  More importantly, the chain increased sales by nearly 26 percent in 2016, taking the top spot on the list of fastest-growing chains by sales in the U.S.. Raising Cane's currently has franchises in fourteen states. The closest one to Boise is in Nevada.

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