NEWS: After Ben Shapiro, the conservative political commentator and former editor of Breitbart, was originally barred from speaking to students on the Gonzaga University campus due to public safety concerns, officials now say that Shapiro will be allowed to come to the college.
NEWS: On an unprecedented trip to the Arabian Peninsula, Pope Francis criticized the ongoing war in Yemen and called on countries in the Gulf to protect religious freedom during a speech in the United Arab Emirates.
SPORTS: Will Maupin looks at Geno Crandall's short but explosive career as a defensive player with the Gonzaga basketball team after he transferred to the university late last year.
IN OTHER NEWS...
As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to give his third State of the Union address tonight after a highly unpopular government shutdown, his fallback plan to build a wall along the southern border by declaring a state of emergency has created serious divisions among House and Senate Republicans. (New York Times)
On Monday, federal prosecutors ordered that officials with Trump's inaugural committee turn over documents about donors, finances and activities. The subpoena indicates that investigators are interested in whether the committee broke federal law by allowing foreigners to donate to its coffers. (New York Times)
Raises all around
For the third time since the 2008 Recession, a Washington state salary-setting commission handed out substantial pay bumps to statewide elected officials, lawmakers and judges. (Seattle Times)
Pro-choice Catholic rebuttal
A letter from Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly calling for local catholic pro-choice politicians to abstain from communion until they changed their views has prompted criticism from church-going officials in response. (Spokesman-Review)