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Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th President of the United States

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:17:00 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He's just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol. The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and today he's leading a profoundly divided country - one that's split between Americans enthralled and horrified by his victory.

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City of Spokane announces North South Corridor completion timeline

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:40:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Friday, the City of Spokane made an announcement many of us thought we'd never hear in our lifetime: A scheduled completion date for the north/south freeway.  "The City of Spokane is excited to be sharing an update about the North Spokane Corridor (NSC) project," a statement on their website said.

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Spokane County Libraries ‘Engage’ Readers With New Magazine (sponsored)

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:33:00 EST

The Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, a new magazine packed with information about events, workshops and programs at the library. Just like all of the library’s events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, you’ll find classes, performances, and information for everyone. >>More...

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Icy parking lots create a slippery situation for downtown drivers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:45:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - While the icy conditions are improving in some areas, they are still taking a toll on parking lots and the bottom of almost any hill you can find. Drivers who parked in a lot near Riverside and Bernard had quite the surprise Thursday. Leah Harris told KHQ she parked in the same parking lot students at Glen Dow use on a daily basis. She went to get her purse and noticed something strange. Her SUV had moved! Harris told us that she called Diamond Parking about the icy

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Man appears in court in Washington officer shooting

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:31:00 EST

(AP) - A man who appeared in court in connection with the shooting of a Mount Vernon officer was ordered to have no contact with his fiancée.      KIRO-TV reports 44-year-old Ernesto Rivas was scheduled to enter a plea Thursday to the charge of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of officer Mike McClaughry. Instead, his arraignment was delayed until next week. Rivas remains jailed on $1 million bail. A judge grant...

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UPDATE: Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass reopens after 2 days

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:24:00 EST

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. -  WSDOT tweeted out shortly before 4:00 p.m. that eastbound lanes of I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass are now open, but traction tires are required. Westbound lanes are expected to open at around 6:00 p.m.The pass was shut down in both directions on Wednesday due to road conditions. 

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Leg amputated of semi truck driver injured in Fourth of July pass crash

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:29:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police say I-90 at 4th of July Pass is now open after being shut down for hours due to a major semi-truck wreck. At this time, we are still awaiting information regarding the condition of the one driver who was stuck inside the cab of his truck. As soon as we get any additional information on that driver's condition, we will be sure to update you. 

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Breaking the ice: navigating slippery Spokane

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:04:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most of the major roads in the Inland Northwest are still wet but it's not as icy as they were Thursday morning. There were dozens of slide-offs in and around Spokane County. A Mead School District bus even lost control on Colbert Road in Colbert and smashed into a snowbank. The kids on board were OK and a different bus came to take them to school. Snocan has turned into icecan. "Awful, not very good by any means," 

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How school bus drivers prepare for winter weather to keep students safe

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:15:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead School District bus lost control on Colbert Road in Colbert and smashed into a snowbank Thursday morning. Thankfully, none of the kids were hurt and another bus took them to school. It brought up the question of just how ready these school buses are for winter driving. "I think all districts have had their experiences with a slide-off," said Lorri Smith, East Valley School District Director of Transportation. That's 

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Health District: Number of mumps cases rises slightly to 62 in Spokane

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says the number of mumps cases in Spokane County has increased slightly from 56 to 59 as of Wednesday evening. The Health District says its goal is to prevent the outbreak from spreading further and health district staff are grateful to numerous partners in the community who are helping to mitigate the spread of mumps.

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Hometown Heroes: WSP Cadet’s fight against crime becomes even bigger fight for his health

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:52:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - So often it seems like those who wear a badge are poorly represented in the media. At KHQ, we are trying to change that, featuring our everyday heroes that go above and beyond their call of duty. At 22 years old, the world is your oyster and the possibilities seem limitless. For Kyle Rima, his journey to becoming a Washington State Patrol Officer has proven a bit more difficult. During his cadet fitness test, he noticed something was physically wrong.

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Hayden homeowner files lawsuit against HOA claiming religious discrimination against Christmas display

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:06:00 EST

HAYDEN, Idaho - Christmas may long be over, but a controversy surrounding an elaborate Christmas light display certainly is not. Hayden homeowner Jeremy Morris is seeking to have his property de-annexed from the West Hayden Estates Home Owner’s Association and is seeking at least $250,000 in damages after the HOA tried pulling the plug on his gigantic display. Each year, Morris and his family put on a fundraiser to 

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Woman arrested for threat to Washington governor

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:37:00 EST

FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) - A woman who lives outside Bellingham has been arrested in connection with a threat made against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The Bellingham Herald reports 42-year-old Deborah Lindor of Ferndale was booked into jail Thursday and could face felony charges of threatening to harm. Washington State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore says Lindor called the governor's office Monday and "made a physical threat against the Governor."   ...

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Stripper pleads guilty to running multi-state drug ring

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:03:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A woman who prosecutors said ran a drug trafficking ring that stretched from northern Idaho to North Dakota has pleaded guilty in federal court.  The Spokesman-Review reports 52-year-old Loren Michelle Toelle of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to launder money. Prosecutors said Toelle, who worked as a stripper in Las Vegas, used her for...

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Heavy snow load causes building to collapse under pressure

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:53:00 EST

OROFINO, Idaho - Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputies say they responded to a report of a building that had collapsed in the Konkolville area of Idaho. A large section of the TRI-Pro Mill had collapsed.  Deputies say no one was inside the building at the time it collapsed.  The cause of the collapse is believed to be heavy snow load on the roof. 

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Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:46:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Amid a national push, Washington state lawmakers are reintroducing a bill that would protect student journalists' free speech in school-sponsored media at public schools and colleges. Washington could become one of about a dozen states that have passed similar legislation in response to a 1988 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which gave administrators control over what gets published in school media. Senate Bill 5064, introduced by Republican Se...

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Bonner County Deputy shot earlier this week has been released from the hospital

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:19:00 EST

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - Bonner County Deputy Justin Penn was released from the hospital on Thursday after being shot while serving an arrest warrant earlier this week. Thursday morning, Deputy Penn's condition was listed as "good" and Thursday afternoon he left the hospital. 

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Do you know anything about a stolen snowmobile? Detectives want to talk with you

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:07:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force Detectives are looking for witnesses or tips about a stolen snowmobile they recently recovered near Newport.  Detectives ay the 2015 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK Terrain Dominator was stolen from the Priest Lake area between December 29, 2016 and January 2, 2017.

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SPD Officer who shot and killed man on Sunday identified

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The name of the Spokane Police Officer who shot and killed a man this past weekend has been released.  Cpl. Ryan Jamieson was identified as the officer who shot and killed Dexter Dumarce on Sunday near 5th and Walnut. Police say an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area of 9th and Adams St. on Saturday. 

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READ IT: C.I.A. declassifies 930,000 documents, 12 million pages

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:40:00 EST

WASHINGTON - The C.I.A. is an enigma. They're extremely secretive, but then sometimes, they're an open book. They have a Twitter account for crying out loud! Granted, they're not tweeting about #Kimye or #TheBachelor, like most of us, but it's still an active account full of information. If you watch Homeland, of which I base all my knowledge on the C.I.A., then you know they see and know everything. 

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Spokane AAU to wrap up 28th season with Shootout Spring Classic (sponsored)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:39:00 EST

Spokane AAU Regional Basketball Club is wrapping up its 28th season as the region’s premier youth competitive organization for girls and boys grades 4-8 with the ‘Shootout Spring Classic’ on February 25th & 26th in Spokane. Registration is open for girls and boys teams in grades 4-8.  >>More...

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Former Eastern Washington player shot 11 times is fighting for his life

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:12:00 EST

SEATTLE - The last few days have been difficult for the friends and family of Alden Gibbs Jr. "Everybody's heartbroken and just cannot believe this would happen to a person like Alden Gibbs," says Alden's friend Kevin Winford. "It just doesn't make any sense."

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Exclusive look inside the mumps 'war room'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:15:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District is currently focused on stopping the spread of the Mumps virus, and KHQ Local News Reporter Joe McHale got a behind-the-scenes look at where doctors and researchers are working to do that. A crack team of seven health experts and doctors work together inside a small office at the district headquarters to fight a common enemy: The mumps.

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Miracle in the snow: Lost wedding ring reunited with owner

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:44:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - This story started with a tip to the KHQ newsroom and ended at the Jack and Jill salon in North Spokane. Inside the salon it's pretty routine. customers coming in and getting their hair done. but what Nichole Collins found, yesterday, outside the salon was anything but routine.  "When I got out of my car it stood out right away because it was shiny and gold and it's sitting right there on the snow."

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Parents concerned about safety when Spokane Schools remains in session

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:41:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dozens of schools throughout the Inland Northwest canceled school today. The Spokane Public School District was not one of them. Many parents contacted KHQ to express their frustration over the decision.  "I didn't take my child to school today," said Brandi Mason. "It's not safe. It's not safe at all."

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Family evacuated from home after shots fired in neighborhood

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police continue to investigate reports of a shooting in the West Central neighborhood. Multiple witnesses reported hearing shots Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors near Dean and Nettleton said the experience was terrifying. "My first reaction was get down, get the kids down," said neighbor Craig Beyer..

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Idaho police offer road safety class for winter driving

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:18:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Idaho State Police are holding a Road Safe Class for the 2016/2017 winder driving season on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The class will take place at the Idaho State Police District 1 Office in Coeur d'Alene.  The classroom presentation is designed to educate drivers of all ages on the typical problems associated with winter road condition in Idaho.  The class will consist of a 

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Messy weather creates sloppy road conditions for drivers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - There is no denying the roadways were messy Wednesday. Trooper Jeff Sevigny with Washington State Patrol was out on the roads. "We have already seen areas where the drains were blocked and that is creating feet of water in areas,” Trooper Sevigny said.

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Deputy improving following Bonner County shooting

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:57:00 EST

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - Detectives with the North Idaho Critical Incident Task force are still actively an officer-involved shooting in Bonner County Wednesday afternoon. They say they have completed their work at the scene and the area of the incident has now been re-opened to normal traffic. The task force also reports Deputy Justin M. Penn has improved from "fair" to "good" condition on Wednesday.

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Young child latest to die because of flu in Washington state

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:07:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A young child in Pierce County is the latest to die because of the flu.  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department said Wednesday that the child was younger than 10 years old and had underlying factors. No other information about the child was released.  The child's death, reported to the agency Tuesday, adds to the number of flu-related deaths in the state. 

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Rain leads to standing water, flooding concerns

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:03:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - All the rain and snow is leading to standing water in the roads concerns of flooding. The city of Spokane has already started prepping for flooding since this week and they have been working to remove ice and snow that’s blocking storm drains. They first tackled known problem areas, like the bottom of hills, where water is more likely to pool.

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Admonished lawmaker apologizes to Idaho House

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:42:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho lawmaker apologized to her fellow House members Wednesday for her inappropriate comments that caused her to be stripped of all three of her legislative committee assignments.

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Spokane Police investigating shots fired in West Central neighborhood

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police have detained several people for questioning after a report of shots fired in a West Central Spokane neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.  Police say some homes in the area of Dean and Nettleton were evacuated Wednesday, but those people were allowed back into their homes following a brief investigation.

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Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:40:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A legislative push for paid family leave in Washington state is being revived a decade after passage of a law that was never implemented because lawmakers didn't pay for it. Now lawmakers from the state where companies like Microsoft and Amazon give their employees the benefit are introducing bills for a broader law that would give workers more paid time off, a higher weekly benefit and a steady funding stream.      The first hearing on one of...

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Governor Inslee pushes for fully funding education in Spokane

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:20:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Governor Jay Inslee is visiting Spokane Thursday to speak with educators and parents from the area about the importance of fully funding education for the 2017 school year, and discuss programs proven to boost student success.  Inslee will highlight the importance of protecting health care access for students and their families, and meet with patients and providers concerned about the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Idaho man accused of running over a man who stopped to help him

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:48:00 EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A Nampa man has been accused of running over another man who had stopped to help free the driver's truck from a snow-packed driveway. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a 50-year-old man has been booked into the Canyon County jail on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident after the hit-and-run incident Sunday. Authorities say a 33-year-old man used his truck to help the older man pull his vehicle from the snow. The sec...

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Man shot by Spokane Police on Saturday was no stranger to law enforcement

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man shot and killed by Spokane Police last weekend.  33-year-old Dexter Martin Dumarce died from four gunshot wounds, according to a release by the Medical Examiner's Office.  Police say an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area of 9th and Adams St. on Saturday. 

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DOE unlikely to meet Idaho nuclear waste cleanup deadline

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:42:00 EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy says it is likely to miss another deadline under its 1995 agreement to remove nuclear waste stored in Idaho.  The Post Register reports that the DOE committed in the 1995 settlement to clean up some 65,000 cubic meters of waste by the end of 2018. It now looks impossible for the agency to meet that deadline, in part because of the long closure and ongoing limited operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico

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Former President George H. W. Bush now in ICU; wife also hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:00 EST

WASHINGTON - A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston's Methodist Hospital to address a respiratory problem from pneumonia. Spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush's wife, Barbara Bush, also has been hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. 

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Freezing rain causing school closures and delays

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:46:00 EST - Slick roads, dangerous driving conditions and freezing rain are causing closures and delays at school districts across the region. As of Tuesday evening, this is the closure and delay list.

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Weather Authority Alert: Ice Storm warning for Spokane canceled

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:50:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: The Ice Storm warning for the Spokane area has been canceled. The roads are still very slick out there this morning, so please drive safe and give yourself extra time to get to your destination. 

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Freezing rain and ice causing power outages

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:22:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wasn. - If you haven't been outside yet, it's a mess. Freezing rain has made the road extremely slick, but it has also caused a few power outages.  Avista is reporting nearly 900 customers are without power as of Wednesday morning.  Inland Power and Light has nearly 1000 customers without power, most in Whitman County.  For the most updated numbers, click on the above hyperlinks.  RELATED: School closures and delays

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Man accused of shooting two deputies in North Idaho showed no warning signs of violence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:34:00 EST

BLANCHARD, Idaho - The man accused of opening fire on two Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies showed no signs of violence, records show. Thirty-year-old Adam Foster of Blanchard, Idaho has a number of traffic violations and a misdemeanor. He also has two cases that are sealed in Bonner County. Outside of this he has no prior record in Idaho. “He was no threat to us,” said Tom Larson, who’s known Foster for more than 20 years.

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Court docs: Argument over football leads to stabbing in west central Spokane

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:10:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents are offering more details about what led up to a stabbing that sent one person to the hospital over the weekend in west central Spokane. Apparently a disagreement over football turned violent. According to the documents, at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a man identified as Timothy G. Hinson called 911 and reported that he had just stabbed his roommate, Charles Green.

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Spokane homeowners prepare for potential flooding

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Homeowners are bracing for a warm up and rain later this week. Experts say it crucial to prepare your home early, before it's too late. "One of my biggest concerns is right here along my basement windows," homeowner Tony Cava said. Cava said he's dreading this forecast. "I need to spend the rest of the day moving some stuff back," he said. He's also hunting for supplies.

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Spokane woman injured in Mexican nightclub shooting

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:07:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police in Mexico are still investigating after a gunman killed at least five people and wounded nine others at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen. One of those wounded has been identified as 29-year-old Heather Parham from Spokane.

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Hide your home: Protecting yourself from crooks with Google

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:16:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Burglars are advancing right with our technology. They aren't just prowling around at night, but at all hours of the day online. You and your family have never been more exposed. Someone is always watching. Google images have made it easier than ever for crooks to eye your home, cars, really everything you work hard for.

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State lawmakers target distracted driving with bill

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:46:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Jessyn Farrell and Republican Sen. Ann Rivers are working together to make roads safer by proposing new legislation that would ban the use of handheld devices while driving. The bill increases the fine for distracted driving, and would double it for repeat offenders.

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Weather Authority Alert: Freezing rain advisory extended through Wednesday morning

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:47:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ's Blake Jensen reports a freezing rain advisory for the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene/Palouse area has been extended through Wednesday morning's commute and amount of freezing rain we could see has gone up to between a tenth and quarter of an inch. The best chance for freezing rain in Spokane will be after 6 p.m. until about 1 a.m., then it should turn over to mainly rain through Wednesday morning.

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T-Rex wedding photo shoot in Spokane proves love's not dead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:17:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane photography company is doing its part to spread a little love and light in the world with a photo shoot posted on its website Tuesday afternoon.  Greg Basil and Maria Adams Photography posted a series of 18 photos showing the engagement photos between two T-Rexes in the January snow, complete with scarves.

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Deputies and suspect involved in Bonner County shooting identified

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:07:00 EST

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - Deputy Gagnon and Deputy Penn remain at Kootenai Health for treatment of their gunshot wounds. Deputy Gagnon is listed in serious condition and Deputy Penn is listed in fair condition. Deputy Craffey was not injured in the incident. The suspect, 30-year-old Adam Deacon Foster, had a warrant for Battery. Foster is still in the hospital and is listed in fair condition. 

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January a great time to organize your finances; here’s how from STCU (sponsored)

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:44:00 EST

Ever been late paying a bill that got lost in a pile of paper? Could anyone make sense of your finances if something happened to you? Organizing your finances and important documents helps to reduce clutter and assures you’ll be prepared for whatever life throws your way. Here are some ways to help you get organized. >>More...

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Weather Authority Alert: Winter storm bringing messy, dangerous conditions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:16:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Ice Storm Warning: Wenatchee, Chelan, Entiat, Cashmere, Waterville Plateau, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Quincy. In place from 7AM Tuesday until 4PM Wednesday. Light freezing rain possible Tuesday morning, with heavier freezing rain Tuesday night. Up to 1" of ice is possible in some areas, which would likely cause power outages & falling limbs/trees.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers booed during MLK speech in Spokane

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and Unity March at the Spokane Convention Center Monday. McMorris-Rodgers called for unity following a "tense election cycle." "There are a lot of people who don’t want unity. I have challenged my staff to step up and change the culture on capitol hill so that we can be part of the healing process," the congresswoman said.

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Woman rushes to help wounded Bonner County deputies

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Following a shooting in the Blanchard, Idaho, area that sent three people to the hospital including two Bonner County deputies, we're learning more about what happens in the moments following the shooting. One woman tells KHQ she happened to be in the area when she heard gunshots ring out and rushed to help. "I was walking my horses up the mountain and heard gunshots and I just assumed it was someone doing target practice," said Marsha Hanna.

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Mad Minute stories from Monday, January 16th

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:26:00 EST

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, January 16th.

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Body found after fire destroys Vancouver strip mall

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:57:00 EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Clark County Sheriff's Office says it has opened a homicide investigation after a body was found in the ruins of a Vancouver strip mall destroyed by fire over the weekend.

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Brides-to-be upset over bridal shop's sale

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:58:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - Some brides-to-be are furious after they found out the person who left them without dresses is having a liquidation sale. We told you last month that the owner of Cameo Bridal, Misty Ceriello, was arrested on several felony counts including grand theft and fraud. Then, this weekend, Keisha McEnaney found a flyer on her car after leaving the bridal fair in Spokane.

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River Park Square briefly evacuated due to broken pipe

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:39:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - River Park Square was briefly evacuated Monday evening because of a broken water pipe. The mall was evacuated for about 30 minutes and fire crews were called to the scene to investigate. Shoppers were let back into the mall around 5:30 p.m. The cause of the pipe break is thought to be cold weather.

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Family says wounded Washington state officer may be blind

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:05:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - The family of a Washington state police officer who was shot in the head last month while responding to a call may be permanently blind as a result of his injuries.  KOMO-TV reports  that officer Mike McClaughry's daughter April posted on social media that the family is hoping McClaughry's brain recovers, but it is likely he will never see again.

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Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:01:00 EST

 OLYMPIA, Wash (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have announced proposed legislation to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.  The effort was announced Monday at the Capitol. Inslee imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in 2014, but repeal bills introduced since that time have stalled in the Legislature.

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Spokane officer shoots, kills man near 5th and Walnut

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:03:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team is investigating an officer involved shooting that left one suspect dead overnight Sunday. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area of 9th and Adams St. Shortly after stopping the car, the officer called for backup saying the driver had pulled a knife on him and was running away on foot.

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Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza dies

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:23:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Superior Court presiding judge Salvatore "Sam" Cozza has died. He passed away Saturday evening. Judge Cozza had recently taken a leave of absence because of a heart problem. Judge Cozza was re-elected in November.

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Spokane man hospitalized after stabbing in West Central neighborhood

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in the hospital and another has been detained after a stabbing in West Central Spokane Sunday evening. Police are investigating after a stabbing was reported near Boone and Oak around 4:30 p.m. One man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with a stab wound. His condition is unknown as of Sunday evening.

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Inland Northwest joins Red Cross to install smoke detectors on King Day of Service

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Greater Inland Northwest Chapter will be part of the American Red Cross nationwide effort to install almost 15,000 free smoke alarms in homes across the country over the upcoming weekend surrounding Martin Luther King Day of Service. The project is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

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Closures for Martin Luther King Day in Spokane County

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:19:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, most Spokane County offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017. The Spokane County Courthouse (including Municipal, District and Superior Courts), Public Safety Building, Veterans Services, Community Services, Parks and Recreation and SCRAPS will also be closed.

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Review shows Idaho governor hit $1 billion in tax cuts since 2007

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:57:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he's lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers add up.      Otter announced his tax-cutting accomplishments during his annual State of the State address Monday to lawmakers and other elected officials.

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Steelers-Chiefs moved to primetime on KHQ because of ice storm

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:28:00 EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The AFC divisional playoff game Sunday between the Steelers and Chiefs has been moved from an early afternoon kickoff to primetime because of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this weekend. The game was originally scheduled to kickoff at 10:05 a.m. PST. It will now start at 5:20 p.m. PST to give road crews and public safety officials more time to treat roads and parking lots.

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Community hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking with candlelight vigil

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:34:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Human trafficking is something we don’t like to think could happen here in Spokane but it does. Lutheran Community Services held a Candlelight vigil Saturday honoring the survivors of human trafficking, urging the community to stand up and act against this crime.

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Early morning water main break turns Freya into a sheet of ice

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:22:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A water main break near Freya and Congress on the South Hill caused significant traffic issues Saturday morning. Emergency crews responded to the reported break just before 2 a.m. When fire crews arrived on scene, they asked for assistance from Spokane police for traffic control.

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Killing of wolf pack cost state $135K

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington wildlife managers spent $135,000 to fatally shoot seven of 11 wolves that had attacked cattle in northeast Washington.  The Spokesman-Review reports the Department of Fish and Wildlife released a 200-page report on last year's effort to remove the Profanity Peak wolf pack.

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AG: No charges in N. Idaho voter intimidation case

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:16:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office says it will not file criminal charges after being asked to review possible voter intimidation and interference in northern Idaho. Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther sent a letter earlier this week alerting the Bonner County prosecutor's office that he did not find evidence of malicious harassment or stalking.

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Moody's to pay $864M to settle claims it inflated ratings

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:07:00 EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Moody's Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The deal announced Friday was struck among the New York-based rating agency, the Justice Department and the attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia. 

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Man arrested after overnight fire at Washington state mosque

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:03:00 EST

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old man is in custody after a suspicious fire severely damaged a Washington state mosque overnight.      The fire was reported at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday at the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue. Authorities say that as firefighters doused the flames, police found a 37-year-old man near the building and arrested him for investigation of arson.

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Smoldering chimney alerts Spokane Valley homeowner to fire

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:55:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley fire crews responded to a fire Friday night after a call came in reporting smoke at a house in the 11600 block of E. Empire. Ten units responded around 10:15 Friday night.

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Spokane woman arrested for drugs after Post Falls traffic stop

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:39:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - A Spokane woman is in custody following a traffic stop early Saturday morning after drugs were found in her car in Post Falls. At around 5 a.m., two Kootenai County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled a vehicle over near the intersection of W. Seltice Way and N. Pleasant View Road.

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WATCH: Get well soon video for beloved Odessa school teacher goes viral

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:19:00 EST

ODESSA, Wash. - Students and staff at Odessa High School came together to wish their beloved teacher and coach luck before he underwent cancer surgery on Friday. Now their school-wide wish of good luck and get well soon is going viral on social media. Odessa High School posted the video on Friday.

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Scientists: Possible new evidence in D.B. Cooper case

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:20:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Amateur scientists chosen by the Seattle FBI to search for clues in the mystery of the skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper may have found new evidence.

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VIDEO: Bellevue T-Mobile campus lit up ahead of Seahawks game

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:49:00 EST

BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs Saturday, and everyone's getting in the spirit ahead of the big game. T-Mobile sent us this video of their campus in Bellevue lit up in blue and green to celebrate the Seahawks. Seeing the buildings lit up from above, it's hard not to feel Hawks pride.

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Belts going in Coeur d'Alene School District buses

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:37:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene school board voted unanimously this week to belt their buses. You will start to see them in the 2017-2018 school year.   They'll have six retrofitted buses with seat belts and brand new buses that will come with the belts in place. They'll phase them in. "I imagine in the next 10 years that most of the buses in the fleet will have seat belts," said Tom Hearn, Trustee of CdA School District.

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Too much snow raises flooding concerns

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most homeowners know the damage flooding can cause to a house and have plans in place to prevent it. But what happens when too much snow causes unanticipated snow melt? The chance for flooding increases and the threats to your home could continue to snowball. A study from North Dakota State University shows that each cubic foot of snow contains two to three gallons of water. 

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Double Whammy: Businesses and customers feeling the cost of minimum wage increase

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dick's Hamburgers is known for its burgers. But if you show up for a Whammy these days, you'll see a notice telling customers that they're increasing prices because of the new minimum wage law that went into effect at the beginning of this month. Initiative 1433 was voted into law in November raising the minimum wage from $9.47 per hour in 2016 to $11.00 this year.

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Help Zags coach in the fight against cancer

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:19:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few is no stranger to winning. He’s got the trophies, the nets, and the 17 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. But to win the Infinity Coaches Challenge and raise $100 thousand for cancer research, he’ll need more than a stacked roster and a 482 career win hoops resume He’ll need your votes.

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Snow traps blind Spokane couple at home

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:49:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - For some people in our community, the snow isn't just annoying, it's debilitating. In some cases, it's trapping people in their homes -- and the tough part is there's no easy solution to the problem. Ryan and Katie Strickland live in north Spokane near Wedgewood and Colton. They're both blind, and they have seeing-eye dogs that guide them around and to work a few blocks away, but right now, that's not really possible.

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Schools to begin excluding students who can't prove vaccination as more mumps cases confirmed

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:23:00 EST

UPDATE: There are now 36 confirmed cases of mumps in Spokane County, as of Friday. Beginning Tuesday, three local school districts (Mead, Spokane Public Schools, and East Valley) will begin excluding students at certain schools who cannot prove they've been vaccinated for mumps. 

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PHOTOS: Do you know this man who fled from deputies and possibly stole a woman's car?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:56:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying a man who fled the scene of a stolen vehicle stop, and then possibly stole another car during his escape.  Early Thursday morning, deputies investigating a separate incident at a Walgreens on N. Division found a car that was listed as stolen. 

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UPDATE: SPD says man wanted for soliciting & exchanging sexual images with minor has been found

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:58:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police advised Kevin Kiowski was located by patrol officers Friday morning. Prosecutors issued a felony warrant for Kiowski's arrest, but Spokane Police did not elaborate if Kiowski was arrested by officers when they contacted him, and as of 1:45 p.m. Friday, his name does not appear on the roster of the Spokane County Jail. 

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Spokane-area school weigh in on seat belts on buses

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows proof that seat belts can save lives, even on school buses. The decision to require seat belts is left to each state. We asked our local school districts if they have any plans to demand seat belts. Here is what they had to say...

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Spokane Police make arrest in apparent random shootings

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:56:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are holding a press conference Thursday morning regarding the arrest made in the shooting of a teenager earlier this week.  The suspect was arrested at a home near Monroe and Maxwell. At this time, we do not know the suspect's name, but officers tell us they will be charged with Attempted Murder. 

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Roofer caught stealing from WSP trooper

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say a man is facing theft charges after he tried to pull a fast one on a couple whose home he was working on. In December, Troy and Miriam Corkins were having new flooring put in their north Spokane home after a leaky roof damaged their old floors. Instead of staying in a hotel, the couple decided to take a trip to Mexico to escape the cold weather. Returning from the trip, Troy received a text message 

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Fairchild won't get new KC-46A Tankers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:39:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - After a hearing on Thursday, it was announced Fairchild Air Force Base will not get the next round of new KC-46A tankers. Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey was announced as the primary base in contention. 

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Ex-Washington student gets probation in racial threat case

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:59:00 EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A former Washington state college student who allegedly wrote "let's lynch her" on a social media post concerning a student leader at Western Washington University will spend six months on probation.      The Bellingham Herald reports 20-year-old Tysen Campbell was sentenced Thursday. If Campbell completes probation successfully, he won't have a felony on his record.      Charging papers show Campbell's 

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CDA preps for potential flooding

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:25:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Warmer temperatures during next week could cause localized flooding in the Coeur d'Alene area, and city crews are preparing.  Localized flooding can occur as a result of slush and ice covering drains, plugging them.  To get ahead of the issue, crews are already working to clear catch basins at various intersections.  The city encourages more rural residents to begin clearing any drains near their properties as well. 

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Inside look at Spokane’s snow concern call center

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's all hands on deck at Spokane’s snow concern call center Thursday. All eight stations are filled as the phones ring off the hook. “It’s been entertaining,” said Customer Service Supervisor, Charity Reed. “Extremely busy.” How busy? Reed says since Monday morning the call center has taken more than 2,500 calls. She says the snow-related calls have increased by 200 percent. “Most of our callers have been great,” 

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Man attempts to rob Spokane Jo-Ann Fabrics

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:56:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating an attempted robbery of the Jo-Ann Fabrics located on E. 29th Ave.  The suspect entered the store Thursday afternoon and presented a note to the cashier, demanding money.  Moments later, the suspect grabbed the note back and ran from the store.  Officers arrived moments later, but were unable to find the suspect.  Police say the suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'6 tall with an average build.

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Fairchild's impact locally is felt far beyond the base

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:24:00 EST

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - After a hearing on Thursday, it was announced Fairchild Air Force Base will not get the next round of new KC-46A tankers.  Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey was announced as the primary base in contention.  "If the base ends up not getting any new tankers at all, the base could shrink and that could affect business," said Daemon Vergo, Manager at Rosa's Pizza in Airway Heights. Business at 

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Suspect arrested in Soap Lake drive by shooting

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:49:00 EST

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking homeowners in the area of Lindon Road in Soap Lake to stay indoors. Deputies say they have arrested a suspect in a drive by shooting.  They were able to locate the suspect with help from footage on high definition security cameras in the Lakeview community.  The investigation is ongoing and this story will be updated as more information comes available. 

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First North Idaho flu death of the season

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:36:00 EST

HAYDEN, Idaho - Panhandle Health District in North Idaho says an adult woman from Kootenai County has died from complications of an influenza infection.  This marks the eighth flu-related death in Idaho for the 2016-2017 flu season.  The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older to reduce the chances of getting the flu.  PHD says the vaccine is especially important for high-risk populations such as infants, pregnant women, and older adults.

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Convicted triple murderer Roy Murry given three life sentences without the possibility of parole

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:48:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Roy Murry, convicted of killing three people in north Spokane County in 2015, was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole Thursday morning.  Family members of the victims, Lisa and Terry Canfield and John Constable, and even Murry's estranged ex-wife spoke in court on Thursday as Murry sat and listened.  

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Family of teen shot in the head speaks out

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane teenager continues to fight for his life in the hospital after his family says he was randomly attacked after leaving home early Monday morning. Wednesday night, on his birthday friends and family held a candlelight vigil for 17-year-old Dakota Runge. Early Monday, the former North Central student was shot while walking to meet his mom not far from his home in east Spokane.

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