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Huckabee kicks off Idaho Republican convention

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is kicking off Idaho's Republican convention in front of hundreds of state delegates charged with selecting a new state chairman and amending the GOP platform.

The convention is taking place in Moscow, Idaho, over the next three days.

Huckabee received a warm welcome from the GOP delegates attending the event Thursday

The 2008 presidential contender's speech focused on limiting the federal government and strengthening states' rights.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak later at the convention. Paul is known for his libertarian views and is rumored to make a possible run in the 2016 presidential election.

Working 4 You: Talking to Kids About School Violence

Working 4 You: Talking to Kids About School Violence

Mass shootings and school violence take a toll on all of us. But, imagine being a kid and having to process the idea they could be a target, just by heading to school. There are resources available to help you talk to your kids.

School violence is not new. The 1996 shooting at Frontier Jr. High in Moses Lake woke up a lot of people in Eastern Washington to the fact it really can happen here. But, with shootings happening more often, it's more likely your kids will be talking about the violence and could have some very real fears.

We asked parents on Facebook Friday how they handle these shootings when it comes to their kids. Some suggest arming faculty and staff, which Spokane Schools plan to do with school resource officers. Others suggest educating their kids at home to avoid the threat altogether. No matter what, you have to expect your kids will ask. What you tell them depends on how old they are and what you think they can handle.

Rejoice fritter fans! It's National Doughnut Day!

Rejoice fritter fans! It's National Doughnut Day!

Friday is National Doughnut Day, also known as, well, Friday among journalists, and what better way to celebrate to celebrate the holiday that with a couple dozen maple bars, apple fritters and bear claws.

One of the biggest boosters for National Doughnut Day every day is Brenda Rigby, the manager of Scrumdiddlyumptious Donuts and reigning donut queen, who her regulars call a bit of a spark plug.

"She is like a firecracker, you never know what's going to happen," Tom Peterson said.

"Twinkle toes, just a nickname, she is always on the go," Del Murphy said.

Peterson and Murphy are at her donut shop every day.

"It's great having them here. And Deputy Craig [Chamberlin] was here and it is always good to see him," Rigby said.

Chamberlin was in rare form Friday morning, talking with the Salvation Army's Sheila Gearaghty about why donuts came about in the first place. The answer? The Salvation Army created them to hand out to soldiers, or rather doughboys, during World War I.

Navy SEAL expresses grave concern about Bergdahl prisoner swap

Navy SEAL expresses grave concern about Bergdahl prisoner swap

Navy SEAL Jason Redman, who captured enemy insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan during his tour of duty, expressed his anger about the five prisoners the U.S. swapped for Bowe Bergdahl's release from the Taliban while talking with local law enforcement officers at Gonzaga University Wednesday.

Redman, who was shot eight times in an al-Qaida ambush in 2007, worries some detainees freed from Guantanamo Bay are the same people his unit faced on the battlefield.

Redman was in Spokane Wednesday to talk to approximately 200 local law enforcement officers, Washington State troopers and airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base at Gonzaga University, sharing his incredible story of survival and determination.

While on tour in Iraq, Redman's team faced a life or death situation when they hit an ambush.

"Unfortunately we walked right into an ambush situation," he said. "They had pre-staged fighting positions, two PKM machine guns. multiple AK-47s."

Silver Valley native Nick Rounds killed in Sunshine Mine accident

Silver Valley native Nick Rounds killed in Sunshine Mine accident

It's a tough way to make a living and Monday night hard rock mining has claimed another life in Idaho's Silver Valley.

Monday afternoon Nick Rounds was cleaning a mineshaft at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg when he was trapped between a rock wall and an elevator and was crushed to death.

Rounds, a 1996 graduate of Wallace High School, comes from a mining family and, in fact, he followed in his dad's footsteps to become a miner.

His dad was with him in the mine when he was killed.

An elevator called a skip travels up and down the 3,500 foot mineshaft and that's where Nick was working with his father when the accident happened.

"I don't know what the circumstances were but Nick was a very safety oriented person as was his dad," Lenny Hoiland said.

Hoiland was a hoist operator at the Sunshine mine until last January and said Nick was a hard-working, competent miner.

"He loved the outdoors, lived family, he was just a big lovable teddy bear," Hoiland added.

Silver Valley man killed in Sunshine Mine accident

The Silver Valley is in mourning Tuesday as one of their own was killed in a mining accident at the Sunshine Mine Monday afternoon.

A family friend confirmed to KXLY the miner killed was Nick Rounds, a 1996 graduate of Wallace High School. They also confirmed that Rounds' dad was at the mine at the time of the accident.

The Mining Safety and Health Administration reports around 2 p.m. Monday Rounds and another miner were on top of a skip while working in the mineshaft. They were getting ready to move the skip but it moved before Rounds was clear and he was caught between the skip and the mineshaft.

Rounds was killed while the other miner was uninjured.

At the mine Monday afternoon employees congregated in small groups before leaving the mine. In Kellogg, news traveled fast as those who knew miners or had family members at the Sunshine Mine were lamenting the loss of one of their own. The mood was somber at local establishments as word spread of the tragedy that happened underground.

MSHA officials have been dispatched to the mine to investigate the incident.

One miner killed in incident at Sunshine Mine

One miner killed in incident at Sunshine Mine

The Mining Safety and Health Administration confirms one person was killed Monday in an incident at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho.

The MHSA says around 2 p.m. Monday, two miners were on top of a skip while working in the shaft of the mine. They were getting ready to move the skip, but the skip moved before one of the miners was clear, and he became caught between the skip and the shaft.

The trapped miner was killed, while the other was uninjured.

Mine Safety and Health Administration officials have been dispatched to the mine.

In 2012 a fire broke out inside the mine. The mine was evacuated after a sensor in a vent shaft detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide inside and 12 people who were underground at the time were safely evacuated.

The fire burned for several weeks and was extinguished after the mine was pumped full of nitrogen to reduce oxygen levels.

In May 1972, 91 miners were killed in the Sunshine Mine fire, one of the worst mining disasters in American history.