March 13, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest cabinet officer to leave the White House. President Donald Trump announced early today that current CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace Tillerson, in advance of proposed talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The New York Times reports that Pompeo will be replaced by deputy CIA director Gina Haspel, who will become the first woman to head the CIA. Both she and Pompeo need Senate confirmation before assuming their new posts.
  • Voters in 44 Idaho school districts will go to the polls today to decide the fate of dozens of bonds and levies that schools say they need for salaries, building repairs and financially-hobbled academic programs. In the West Ada School District, a $95 million bond, plus a two-year $28 million supplemental levy is being put before voters. The West Ada vote is the only vote in Ada County today. In Canyon County, there are bonds and levies on the ballot in Caldwell, Middleton, Parma and Wilder.
  • East Idaho News reports that a junior high school teacher is the subject of an investigation after students reported he fed a puppy to a snapping turtle. In an official statement, the superintendent of the Preston School District said officials became aware of a "regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens" and that the incident "occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not part of any school-directed program." The teacher has been identified as Robert Crosland, a science instructor at Preston Junior High. Officials would not comment further but said a formal investigation by law enforcement is underway.
  • As some of the top basketball programs in the nation prepare to travel to Boise for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, one coach has been tipped off to one of the best places to eat in the City of Trees.

    "While you're there, try Goldy's Breakfast Bistro," an ESPN anchor told Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. "You'll thank me later."

    The owners of the downtown Boise bistro shared their excitement on Facebook.

  • Food & Wine magazine has taken a look at the menu of Huset, "the most northerly gourmet restaurant in the world." The restaurant is located on Svalbard, an island between Norway and the North Pole just seventy-eight degrees north of the equator. The offerings include reindeer, Arctic seal, goose, grouse and caribou. A tasting menu will put you back 1,100 Norwegian krone (about $142 U.S.). For take-out, the eatery offers a bistro menu that includes reindeer burgers, mink whale and beef cheeks.

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