NEWS: Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan says he didn't know the anti-abortion activist he had on his show was a murderer.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Lion King remains a triumphant showcase of puppetry, stunning costumes and stirring music, Dan Nailen reports. The show is in town through Feb. 3.
IN OTHER NEWS
Portland-based stand-up comic Mohanad Elshieky was on his way back home from a performance in Pullman, when agents pulled him off his Greyhound bus in Spokane and demanded to see his papers. When he showed his Oregon driver's license and work permit, and told them he had received asylum to live in the U.S., the agents, he said, refused to believe him. (Willamette Week)
Spokane hospitals post prices
You can now find out what regional hospitals charge for certain services, but you'll have to search through thousands of lines of billing codes to find the costs, the Spokesman-Review reports.
Government open again, for now
With the partial shutdown over for at least another couple of weeks, the prospects of reaching a deal on the border wall still seem dim, the New York Times reports.