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Fairchild AFB to hold public meeting on contamination

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:55:00 EDT

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Fairchild Air Force Base says they will be hosting a Water Contamination Public meeting on Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the Medical Lake High School gymnasium. Experts will be on hand from Fairchild, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Environmental Protection Agency and Spokane Regional Health District to provide additional information and address questions and concerns.

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Deputies: Cyclist hit by minivan has life-threatening injuries

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:18:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County traffic investigators say a bicyclist was hit by a minivan Monday morning and was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Deputies responded around 8:30 a.m. to Dishman Mica north of Madison. Deputies at the scene learned the minivan, traveling south on Dishman Mica, struck the southbound bicycle traveling on the shoulder of the roadway.

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Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Workers have placed a protective cover over a partially-collapsed tunnel filled with radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.      The U.S. Department of Energy said workers finished installing the cover over the weekend at the former plutonium production site near Richland, Washington. 

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New Pediatric guidelines: No fruit juice for kids younger than 1

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:56:00 EDT

Children should not be given fruit juice before they are 1 year old unless it's advised by a doctor, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is the first change to the academy's fruit juice recommendation since 2001. Past guidelines advised against juice for babies under six months, but doctors are concerned about childhood obesity and dental health. They say juice is full of calories and sugar, and is not a good substitute for fresh fruit.   ...

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Airway Heights businesses adjusting as water crisis continues

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:55:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash.- The city of Airway Heights is still flushing out contaminated water out of their system. The city says they’ll be done with that process Monday morning, and then they’ll be able to send a sample for testing. The contamination likely came from two chemicals found in a firefighting foam that Fairchild Air Force base used to use.

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Small plane crash lands at Coeur d'Alene Airport; no injuries

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:22:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Deputies and fire crews from Northern Lakes Fire department responded to a report of an airplane in distress around 4 p.m. It was reported to the Coeur d'Alene Airport by the pilot, identified as 62-year-old James T. Ostrich from Redding, California, that he had a possible landing gear issues. 

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WATCH: Mom's video warning others of tick paralysis goes viral

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:26:00 EDT

LA GRANDE, Ore. - We've told you about tick paralysis before on KHQ, but one Oregon mother's scary video of her daughter showing the effects of tick paralysis has gone viral on Facebook since it was first posted last week.

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Spokanites savor spring sunshine

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:10:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The weather on Sunday is what we’ve all been waiting for. The flowers at Manito Park are popping up and people are all over enjoying the sunshine. “Work all week and come home on the weekends and have time to do stuff with your families it's awesome. I mean we've had such a long winter. So it's really great to have this weather,” says Patrick Lowden. 

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Searchers return to campsite where toddler went missing

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:45:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Almost two years after a toddler disappeared during a camping trip with his family, investigators plan to return to the campsite to search for new evidence.  Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner told KTVB-TV last week that deputies will return to the campground outside of Leadore, Idaho once the weather improves.

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In case you missed it: 2017 Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Since 1938 the mission of Spokane's Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade has been to honor the military, recognize youth and highlight the Inland Northwest. If you missed any of the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on Saturday you can watch the whole thing again via the video player above.

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Bond increased for man charged in lethal meth case

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:19:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A judge has increased the bond for a Spokane, Washington, man charged with forcing the grandson of a former Post Falls, Idaho, mayor to ingest a lethal dose of methamphetamine.

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Police investigate after infant found in car with no pulse

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:14:00 EDT

The Caldwell Police Department is investigating after a 5-month-old baby girl was found in a car without pulse.      The Idaho Statesman reports that someone called the police at about 4 p.m. Saturday to report that an infant had been left in a car and didn't have a pulse. Police arrived at the scene- the area of a car dealership, a tire store and other businesses - and confirmed the baby was unresponsive.

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Man shot in face while waiting to cross the road in Yakima

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:08:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man was shot in the face while waiting at a crosswalk.      Deputies were called to the area near Highway 97 at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The 24-year-old victim was from the Toppenish, Washington, area.

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Coeur d'Alene officials remember fallen officer, trooper

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:37:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Wayne Longo repeats the names rapidly. He doesn't have to think long about the men and women he has known who have died in uniform during his 37 years as a police officer, and those he knew who have died since. Longo, a former state trooper, investigations lieutenant and Coeur d'Alene police chief, keeps the names close.

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Police: Fight call ends in arrest for multiple drug charges

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:31:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say a 48-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning for multiple felonies after they responded to a call of a fight between a dating couple. Early Sunday morning, around 12:30 a.m. patrol officers responded to the 500 block of W. Sinto. The caller told police two people were fighting that were in a relationship and one of them may have had a gun or a knife.

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Teen arrested in standoff also charged in Hai's Market robbery

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say a teenager arrested after a 3-hour stand-off in Spokane Valley on Tuesday is also facing charges related to an armed robbery at Hai's Market. Detectives forwarded three felony charges related to last week's Hai's Market robbery to prosecutors. The 16-year-old will face charges of first degree robbery, first degree assault and drive by shooting.

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Airway Heights officials say water flushing on schedule

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:37:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Saturday marks day five of the Airway Heights water crisis. When news broke about the water contamination, Pastor Jenkins couldn't believe it. "Shock, not certain what we needed to do next," the pastor said. Pastor Jenkins and several others started to make plan. They also stocked up on bottled water for his parishioners. "We normally have a fountain and some other resources," he said.

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Airway Heights' Correctional Industries recalls 319,000 lbs of frozen food due to water contamination

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:13:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Correctional Industries Airway Heights Food Operations, an Airway Heights, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 319,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products due to water contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Tips for a safe Torchlight Parade

Sat, 20 May 2017 20:27:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - City of Spokane public safety officials want residents and visitors to enjoy a safe, well-attended Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. Police officers will be providing security for the event and attendees will find a uniformed police officer and/or SPD volunteer at every intersection along the parade route.

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Police investigating early morning shooting at Manito Park

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say an early morning shooting at Manito Park has sent two people to the hospital Saturday. Police responded to a shooting call just before 2:30 a.m. It happened near the duck pond.

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Gov. Jay Inslee visits Mexico as part of trade delegation

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:53:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says that Washington state and Mexico are seeking to find more ways to work together on combatting climate change. Inslee, who was in Mexico Friday as part of a trade delegation, signed a 'letter of intent' with Mexico's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources.

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Suspects in Montana deputy death discussed 'suicide mission'

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:43:00 EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - An investigation indicates the father-son duo suspected of killing a southwestern Montana sheriff's deputy first shot at the deputy as he pursued them and then turned around and fired more shots.      The information is included in court documents charging 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus with accountability to deliberate homicide in the May 16 death of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

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Company: Customers may be to blame for Ferris wheel injuries

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:40:00 EDT

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. The company that owns a Ferris wheel three people fell off in Washington state says the riders may have caused the accident themselves.      Ron Burback, president of Oregon-based Funtastic Rides, told The Seattle Times ( ) that ride operators had asked the three to remain seated while the ride was in motion.

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Spokane couple searches for lost engagement ring

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman is looking for something she never expected to lose. She was in the parking lot outside the Spokane Arena when her engagement ring disappeared. "It has three diamonds. It's got one big diamond in the middle and two on the sides. I am so sad because you know that's really sentimental. It's an engagement ring," said Nan Miller.

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Lilac Parade forecast: Showers wrap up before parade starts

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Headed to the Lilac Parade on Saturday night? Pack an umbrella if you plan on staking out your spot early, but showers should move out of the area by the time the parade kicks off around 7:30 p.m. Here's a look at your full forecast:

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Airway Heights water distribution site to remain open through the weekend

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:13:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - The city of Airway Heights water distribution site will remain open through the weekend, as officials continue to flush the contaminated water from the system. Fairchild Air Force Base has taken over handling the water distribution site and will remain there until the water is safe to drink. Volunteers and Air Force personnel will be at the water distribution site Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. If people are 

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Father-daughter duo graduates together

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:39:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - It's never too late.  If you've been putting something off and you're afraid you've missed your chance... don't give up! One father-daughter duo shows how anything- even a college degree- is never a bridge too far. College graduation…the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of bright-eyed men and women ready to enter the workforce. "Definitely a sense of accomplishment, as well as a relief," says Kristina Borek. Kristina's journey ...

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Airway Heights city officials expect contaminated water to be flushed by Monday

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:46:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - City officials in Airway Heights will continue to flush the city's water system through the weekend, but the water won't be safe to drink just yet. "We appreciate their patience in us dealing with this," said Airway Heights Fire Chief, Mitch Metzger. "We want folks to know we're working as fast as we can in a slow methodical process hitting all the marks we can." After the water is flushed from the city's system, it 

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Sandpoint Police Officer turns around driver's day, helps fix trailer stuck on highway

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:07:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Jason Fryman thought he was going on a simple dump run. "I pull over to the left, get out and looked at the trailer," Jason said. "The bearing was gone, tire bent in and rubbing on the wheel well." Instead he became stuck on Highway 95. A broken trailer axle and the trailer half in and out of the highway. Cars coming to close to change the axle, but help arrived from Sandpoint Police.  "I saw a vehicle on the side of the road- 

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Officer on leave, two men charged in bizarre kidnapping

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:30:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It all started at a small home in North Spokane near Courtland and Nevada. I was there today and spoke with someone leaving the house: but no one was talking about what happened. Sherard Henderson and Jamar Dickerson were both in court Friday and charged with first degree kidnapping. Court documents say the two believed the victim stole fifty thousand dollars in drug money from them. They kidnapped her in an attempt to make her pay.

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Dog nearly killed by tick paralysis

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:24:00 EDT

KELLOGG, Idaho - A little dog in Kellogg came within inches of death, when he was bitten by a tick, and paralyzed. But luckily for little Scooter, he has already completely bounced back. Based on how the little black Pomeranian is running around now, it's hard to believe a week ago, he could barely move. "He could not walk, he was totally paralyzed on the back end," explained Kimberly Johnson from Shoshone Pet Rescue. She got the .

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Update: SR 25 near Kettle Falls reopens after mudslide closes roadway

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:51:00 EDT

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - A mudslide has closed State Route 25 near milepost 27 just outside of Kettle Falls.  The roadways are partially blocked while Washington State Patrol works to assess the damage.  No word at this time when the roadway will reopen.  SR25 MP73 12 miles S Kettle Falls @WSDOT_East and @wastatepatrol troopers on scene mud slide partially blocking road. Use caution. — Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) May 19, 2017

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Airway Heights water crisis: what you need to know

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - What’s wrong with the water around Fairchild Air Force Base, are people getting sick from it, and could my tap be contaminated too? Those are just a few of the many questions people are asking as this emergency continues to unfold around the base and the Airway Heights community. KHQ has put together this guide to gather information that’s publically available right now, and give you a comprehensive 

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President Trump signs northern Idaho disaster declaration

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:02:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for eight northern Idaho counties, clearing the way for federal funding to help the region recover from flooding, landslides and other weather-related woes. Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone and Valley counties are included in Friday's disaster declaration. Trump signed a separate disaster declaration for 11 counties in southern Idaho last month. 

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Governors of Washington, Oregon seek more funding for Hanford

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:28:00 EDT

 RICHLAND, Wash. - The governors of Washington and Oregon are asking President Donald Trump to increase the funding for cleanup efforts at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland.  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made their request to the president in a letter Friday.  The letter cited an incident earlier this month when the roof of a tunnel containing radioactive waste partially collapsed. The governors say...

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Radioactive contamination found of clothes of Hanford worker

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:40:00 EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation got radioactive contamination on his clothing during an incident at an underground waste storage tank. Contractor Washington River Protection Solutions says the worker was pulling a robotic device out of the space between the double walls of Tank AZ-101 on Thursday evening. Monitors detected radiation at three times the expected level and the workers left the area. The contra...

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Pasco Police Officer has near brush with death thanks to dramatic car crash

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:50:00 EDT

PASCO, Wash. - A Pasco Police Officer had a near brush with death Thursday after an upside down PT Cruiser lands in the spot he had been standing in just seconds before. Pasco Police posted a dash cam video of the incident to their Facebook page on Friday.  Officer Raul Cavazos pulled up to a driver on Sandifur and Road 68 who wasn't taking her opportunity to drive through a four-way-stop. The traffic signals were temporarily 

Washington man, dogs die in house fire

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:38:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington officials say a man may have died after trying to rescue his dogs from a house fire. KOMO-AM reports the Tacoma man and his two dogs died after his house burned Thursday. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue says flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived. It took them two hours to put it out. The man's wife called 911 after her husband rushed her out of the house. She told officials that she thought her husband ...

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Kittens abandoned in duct taped box now up for adoption

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. An update about the five cats -- the two moms and the three kittens -- who were dumped in a box that was duct taped shut in West Plains.  We stopped by SCRAPS on Thursday, and all of them were doing great.  One kitten is too young to be adopted, so its going into foster care with its mom (the brown tabby cat) for a week or so. The other two kittens and their mom (the black and white cat) are now up for adoption.    ...

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Spokane Police Officer contacts supervisor after family member brings abduction victim to officer's home

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:39:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Police Officer was placed on administrative leave after a family member of the officer showed up at the officer's home with the victim of an apparent abduction.  To ensure the integrity and transparency of the criminal investigation, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office was asked to assume the lead role in the investigation.  Thursday morning, Spokane Police received a report of a possible abduction. 

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Man frustrated after finding homeless camp on private property

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:57:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a miniature tent city that keeps growing. With tents scattered throughout the field- some nestled in the back woods And the man who owns this land is not happy. "It's not legal and I don't like it and they should not be here," said Jim Rogers. I called Jim yesterday to tell 

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Can you filter out contaminates using a home filtration system?

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - We know that the chemicals that have contaminated the water in Airway Heights can't be boiled out of the water. The long term plan is possibly to install a filtration system on the affected wells.   But can you filter out the contaminants at home? Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp says they haven't been recommending it because of the ability to have consistency in how filters are installed in a household and 

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Who else uses firefighting foam containing PFOA/PFOS chemicals?

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Airway Heights water was contaminated by PFOA/PFOS chemicals. These are commonly found in firefighting foam agent. It’s believed that the chemicals came from Fairchild Air Force Base. The base discontinued use of that type of foam in 2016, but is the same type of foam used elsewhere in the region? There are different kinds of foam that can be used. KHQ spoke with Mark John, the operations chief for Spokane Fire Department.

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Local business donates 60 cases of water to Sunset Elementary School

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:34:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - With the contaminated water in Airway Heights, how are schools keeping your children safe? We found out there's no shortage of water at Sunset Elementary School. On Thursday, 60 cases of water bottles were donated by a local business to help the kids and staff members. There have been already thousands of water bottles given to the school. "Very supportive," said Ty McGregor, Principal at Sunset 

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'Deadliest Catch' star arrested after alleged assault

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:25:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen was arrested after he allegedly spat on an Uber driver in Seattle and kicked and dented the driver's car upon learning he couldn't pay cash for his ride home. The Seattle Times reports the 51-year-old had been in the Ballard neighborhood celebrating Norway's Constitution Day with family and was arrested early Thursday at his Shoreline home. Police reports say when officers confronted Hansen, he appea...

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Fairchild partners with Airway Heights to provide water to residents affected by water advisory

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:19:00 EDT

FAIRCHILD, AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Fairchild Airmen joined City of Airway Heights officials and volunteers to hand out 24,000 gallons of bottled water procured by the Air Force that arrived Thursday in Airway Heights. The water is being distributed to city residents impacted by the city’s advisory not to consume tap water. The city has provided bottled water since Tuesday evening and the Air Force and the city plan to provide bottled 

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Mechanic's livelihood taken by thieves

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:01:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A local car mechanic's livelihood was taken out of his hands by property thieves and the timing could not be worse. He's a father of three and has a baby on the way so he's doing all he can to provide for them. Currently, he's trying to mow lawns for some money. Right now, a few cars are sitting in the lot waiting to get repaired but he can't do that yet until he gets his stolen tools back. "My tools were gone. Probably 

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PHOTOS: World War II Bomber visits Spokane, offers tours

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:26:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has brought their B-17 Aluminum Overcast to Spokane and are offering tours. The B-17 Flying Fortress is a World War II bomber used primarily in Europe. Because of their long range capability, they were known for flying into battle with no fighter escort relying on their own defensive capabilities to ensure a successful mission. After the war, most were cut up for scrap, used for 

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Gov. Inslee responds to Airway Heights water crisis

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:02:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement Thursday evening in response to the recent Airway Heights water crisis.  "As soon as we were alerted to this situation, several of our state agencies engaged with local officials to assist with the response and ensure everyone in the community has access to safe drinking water and food. We are actively monitoring the situation and provide support as needed." \ Residents in 

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Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen during tour of Capitol

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:08:00 EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol. Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday tweeted out a photo of the boy's apology letter along with the hashtag #cutestmailever and the caption, 'I think we can forgive Samuel, don't you think, Oregonians?' The tweet immediately got many likes and retweets.  In the pencil-written letter, the boy, named Samuel, explains that ...

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Update: missing 39-year-old man found dead inside car

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:21:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies is asking for the public's help locating a 39-year-old man after he did not show up for work on Tuesday. Deputies say family members of Nicholas R. Knowlton report it is highly unlike him and they are concerned for his welfare. Knowlton was reported missing by family on May 16 after learning he didn't show up for work or tell them he wouldn't be able to make his shift.

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Canadian prime minister meets with Washington governor

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:07:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met to discuss their close ties on topics ranging from trade to climate. The two briefly met with local media Thursday before a private meeting at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The prime minister arrived in the state Wednesday to attend and speak at Microsoft's CEO Summit in Redmond. The event, which was closed to the public and media, was focused on topics related to ...

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Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:58:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused the walls of a dig area to partially collapse, causing an excavator to slide into the pit. No radiation was released during the incident last Thursday, and no one was injured, said Erik Simpson with Fluor Idaho. Fluor is the contractor hired to clean up the site at the Idaho National Laboratory. The excavator was diggi...

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PHOTOS: Luxury cars zip through Spokane on rally across the West

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:06:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearly 100 luxury cars drove through Spokane Wednesday afternoon as part of a road rally across the West. Hundreds of car lovers made their way to the Thai Bamboo restaurant Wednesday to check out the cars. Some drivers of the exotic cars felt the need for speed on their way to the Lilac City.  Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore stopped one Lamborghini twice for speeding and eventually impounded the 

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N. Idaho ballot included Canadian as a candidate

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:28:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - Guys. Election workers literally used magic marker to black out the name. People voted for her anyway. #idleg #idpol — Kimberlee Kruesi (@kkruesi) May 18, 2017 (AP) - Northern Idaho election workers were forced to cross out the name of a hospital trustee candidate on roughly 13,000 ballots after discovering the woman was Canadian. During Tuesday's election, Bonner County voters received ballots with Michelle Anderson's name bla...

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Semi loses axle, crashing into oncoming traffic

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:05:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol says a semi truck lost an axel and its tires on State Route 17 Tuesday morning.  Troopers say the truck went into oncoming traffic, crashing into a car near milepost 14. 

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N. Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force asks for public's help finding wanted felon

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:56:00 EDT

COEUR DALENE, Idaho - The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is asking for the public's help finding wanted felon Jerry Walter Clark. Clark is wanted in Kootenai County for eluding law enforcement and leaving the scene. Clark is 29 years old, 6’0 tall, 185 lbs with brown eyes and brown hair. Clark was last known to be living in Post Falls, ID. Anyone with information regarding this subject or other fugitives being sought for 

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Airway Heights water: City manager says it could be 10 days till 'all clear' given

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:00:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - The city of Airway Heights has been passing out case after case of bottled water to its affected residents. This comes after they announced that the water supply is not safe to drink. The city is currently flushing out the affected water system, which will likely take more than 28 hours, and then they’ll test it again for water contaminants.

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Firefighters quickly extinguish attic fire in Spokane Valley

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish an attic fire in Spokane Valley Wednesday evening. The fire was reported in the 400 block of south Dishman Rd in Spokane Valley just before 7:30 p.m. Responding crews found light smoke coming from the attic vents and quickly made access to the building.

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For many, alternative financial services carry a steep cost (sponsored)

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:40:00 EDT

Most people’s financial lives revolve around a credit union or a bank. They buy groceries using debit cards linked to their checking accounts and save money in savings accounts. For some people, however, there’s no solid center. >>Read more...

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers spokesperson issues statement on her response to Putin comment

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:38:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is calling a comment made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that's making national headlines "an attempt at a humorous joke." In a Washington Post article published Wednesday McCarthy told GOP leaders in a meeting last year “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."

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6 Questions with Col. Ryan Samuelson of Fairchild AFB

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:09:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - The City of Airway Heights and Fairchild Air Force Base are working together to make sure the community is well informed and safe since it was announced Tuesday afternoon that the water in the city was unsafe to drink. Groundwater sampling showed two city wells were contaminated with compounds that had been used in firefighting foam used at Fairchild Air Force Base.

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Five cats found abandoned in duct-taped box in West Plains

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:42:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Five cats, including three kittens, are safely being taken care of at SCRAPS. On Wednesday, someone abandoned them in a box -- duct taped shut -- on the side of the road in West Plains. A woman spotted two cats next to the box at 5th Avenue and Grove Road Wednesday afternoon.

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Restaurants close due to water contamination in Airway Heights

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:21:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Some restaurants in Airway Heights have closed their doors due to the water contamination crisis. Wolffy’s Hamburgers was just one of several restaurants with a notice posted on their front door.  But not every restaurant remained closed, even when the City told them to stop using the water to cook.

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Closure of Idaho's Kyler House could be 'catastrophic' for some families

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:52:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho  - Meet Lance Tetzner, he’s autistic but lives a full life. He spends most of his days at school and at the Kyler House just outside Coeur d’Alene. “It's going to be catastrophic,” Randy Tetzner, Lance’s father, said. Catastrophic, because the Kyler House will close in June, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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Water contamination in Airway Heights inconvenient for many, dangerous for some

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:34:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - For most people effected by the contaminated water in Airway Heights, it means a trip to the grocery store or distribution line. But for others, it means planning their whole day around how to get water. Stacey Case is one of those people because of her disabilities. "I've got fibromialgia, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease," said Case.

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Aquatic jungle gym raises concerns from Coeur d'Alene residents

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:13:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The sound of water calmly hitting the shore is soothing. But soon it won’t be calm. Instead, you’ll hear the sounds of summer, boat motors and kids playing in the lake. "Why not have it in our own backyard on Lake Coeur d'Alene,” Rob Riley said. Riley, the co-owner of Hooligan’s Island, just wants to add another level of fun.

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Teen dies in rollover crash in South Spokane County

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Traffic investigators say speed may have been a factor in a rollover crash that killed a 19-year-old woman Wednesday morning. Deputies responded to the crash in the area of S. Cheney Plaza Road and S. Rock Lake Road at about 7:40 a.m.

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Update: Spokane police recover car stolen after woman's house burned

Sat, 13 May 2017 22:11:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police have recovered a stolen car Wednesday evening. The car, a 1992 Honda Accord belong to a woman we first told you about on KHQ on Saturday night. Rachel's Accord was stolen Thursday, just a few days after a fire rendered her apartment unlivable.

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Community comes together for church cleanup after bizarre break in

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:41:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Members of the Spokane community came together Wednesday to help clean up the Salem Lutheran Church in Northwest Spokane after a bizarre break in.  Pastor Liv Larson Andrews says whoever broke in lit candles, pulled religious items out of storage, threw them around, drank wine, scribbled on a window, and defecated in a trash can. 

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Mayor: Medical Lake water is not contaminated

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:17:00 EDT

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins called KHQ Wednesday morning to confirm that the water in Medical Lake has been tested and does not contain any traces of contamination.  Higgins says the water was tested by two independent outfits and both came back negative for any contaminates. 

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Exotic cars headed to Spokane for rally busted for speeding

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Exotic cars headed are headed to Spokane Wednesday night for the goldRush auto rally. The rally is stopping in Spokane after hitting Seattle and moving on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Millions of dollars worth of exotic cars will be at Spokane's Davenport Grand this evening, but some drivers of those exotic cars felt the need for speed on their way to the Lilac City.

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Northern Quest offering bottled water to guests

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:03:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Northern Quest Resort and Casino said Wednesday that bottled water is available to all guests and workers at the casino while the City of Airway Heights' water ban is in place. The ban was put in place late Tuesday after groundwater sampling showed contaminants in two city wells.  The casino said in a release Wednesday that they have been proactive in taking precautions.

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Suspect in fatal shooting of Montana deputy dies in hospital

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:26:00 EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. - Sheriff TJ McDermott confirmed that 38-year-old Marshall Barrus, a suspect in the death of Montana Deputy Mason Moore, died at St. Patrick Hospital Wednesday in Missoula.  The cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, which he sustained while being apprehended by law enforcement May 16.

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Airway Heights Correctional Facility taking water precautions

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:30:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Washington State Department of Corrections says Airway Heights Corrections Center is taking every precaution to make sure inmates and staff are not affected by the Airway Heights water crisis. Jeremy S. Barclay, communications director for WDOC, says the facility has gone as far as to get bottled water from the Tri-Cities and Yakima area to ensure the water is safe to drink for staff and inmates. At last check, the jail has obtained 40,000 bottles of water.

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Crews say more bottled water headed to Airway Heights

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:15:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Crews in Airway Heights are expecting more bottled water at Yokes after they ran out of bottled water Wednesday morning handing them out to residents in the area.  Airway Heights Residents have been told not to drink or cook with the tap water until further notice because of ground water contaminates.  Chief Fire Marshall Nate Whannell says they are expecting their next water delivery around 10:30 a.m. and 15 pallets by noon. 

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Spokane response teams participate in mock emergency drill

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:40:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Local health and response agencies are joining forces for a full-scale emergency simulation in order to prepare the community in the event a potential infectious disease were to threaten the Spokane area.   The simulation takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Spokane Airport. It will begin with the arrival of a mock patient suspected of being exposed to Ebola. The mock patient will then be transported to

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Police charge man they say fled with 2 daughters

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:45:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho authorities have filed charges against a man accused of fleeing to Nevada with his two young daughters while in the midst of a custody dispute with their mother. Joshua Dundon was arrested after law enforcement officials said he walked to a ranch seeking help. The girls were rescued in a mountainous area of Nevada after Dundon was taken into custody. Dundon is jailed under $5 million bail on two counts of custodial interference. Pol...

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Man gets 82 years for killing woman, posting on internet

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:54:00 EDT

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man has been sentenced to 82 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend and posting photos of her body on the internet. The Kitsap Sun reports David Kalac was sentenced Tuesday for murder in the November 2014 death of 30-year-old Amber Coplin, a mother of five. A jury also found Kalac guilty of two aggravators, which allowed the judge to give a longer sentence. Kalac didn't deny killing Coplin at ...

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Okanogan County PUD plans massive power outages for repairs

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:39:00 EDT

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Okanogan County Public Utility District has planned two separate 6 1/2 hour power outages to make connections to the new Pateros-Twisp transmission line and replace poles from the Carlton fire.  The first power outage is Wednesday, May 17th at 11:45 p.m. and will last until 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  The second outage begins Monday, May 22nd at 11:45 p.m. and lasts until 6:00 a.m. 

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Airway Heights residents west of Hayford road advised not to drink city water due to possible contamination

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:19:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Fairchild Air Force Base says two Airway Heights city water wells have been contaminated with firefighting foam contaminants and are advising residents and businesses located west of Hayford Road to not drink or cook with city water.

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No more holding of phones under new law in Washington

Tue, 16 May 2017 23:58:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that bans holding hand-held devices while driving.      The measure, signed by Inslee in Tacoma Tuesday, prohibits holding an electronic device - including phones, tablets and other electronic devices - while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.

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Five arrested for fight at Excelsior Youth Center

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:26:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday evening, Spokane Police received a call from Excelsior Youth Center about a fight at the location. Police later learned that multiple fights had broken out in the gym area and a fire alarm had been pulled.  When officers arrived, they came across a hostile crowd of about 50 hostile juveniles actively fighting. The crowd interfered as officers tried to separated and arrest those that were fighting.

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Sandpoint woman finds Purple Heart at yard sale, returns it to veteran’s family

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:27:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure, and that’s exactly what one Sandpoint woman learned when she found a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and other WWII medals at a yard sale. Kahla Howard found the medals at an old neighbors moving sale last year, but after a year of trying to find the veteran who earned them, Howard finally took her quest to Facebook.

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Spokane man says $1,000 worth of roof shingles stolen from house

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:20:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man is demanding justice after 41 bundles of roof shingles were stolen from him. Sherif flips houses for a living. But he couldn’t finish one part of his latest project. “When I came back Monday I found out all my shingles are missing and my back fence is broken,” Sherif says. He went back to Home Depot where he bought them.

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Update: Runway Spokane Valley teen home safe

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:36:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Update: A runaway 16-year-old reported missing on May 10th has been located and is home safe on Tuesday according to Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

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Montana deputy's body escorted to hospital for autopsy

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:30:00 EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. - A procession of Montana law enforcement vehicles escorted the body of slain Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore to the morgue at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings for an autopsy. The procession arrived in Billings at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Jury finds former WSU football player not guilty in assault case

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:05:00 EDT

A jury reached a verdict in the assault case against former Washington State University football player Robert Barber. The jury found Barber not guilty of assault in the second degree and assault in the 4th degree.

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57 Idaho schools to try out new reading test

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:31:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Education's new reading test will be tried out by 57 schools.      The Times-News reports the schools are in 37 districts scattered across the state.  The Idaho Reading Indicator test is given to kindergarten through third-graders.

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Standoff ends with armed teenage suspects arrested; no injuries

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley deputies responded to a victim reporting he had been shot at by two men with a sawed off shotgun in the 12100 block of E. Cataldo in Spokane Valley Tuesday morning. The victim, who was not hit, told deputies the men fired one shot before running back into an apartment from the parking lot.

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BBB Warns of Summer Festival Scammers

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dust off the sunglasses, flower crowns and flip flops. Festival season is here! With summer just around the corner, many of you will be looking to attend a craft beer bash, sporting event, all-you-can-eat seafood feast, music festival or other fun summer festivities.  Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest wants to warn those of you who are preparing for these exciting events to beware of festival fraud. Because 

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Washington becomes latest state to seek ID compliance

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:53:00 EDT

 OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The governor of Washington has signed a measure that seeks to make the state one of more than two dozen states currently in compliance with federal identification requirements. The signature Tuesday of Gov. Jay Inslee ends years of legislative struggle in Washington state over the best way to adhere to a 2005 federal law known as the REAL ID Act. The rule requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements an...

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Rancher recalls encounter that led to rescue of missing kids

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:43:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Nevada woman who alerted authorities after the father of two missing Idaho girls showed up on her ranch says the man was cold, barefoot and looking for help for the kids he said he left behind in the mountains. Vera Baumann said she had seen news reports and suspected the man who walked to her home Monday was the father of 7-year-old Madison Ann Dundon and 6-year-old Jaylynn Dawn Dundon. Baumann's husband confirmed the stranger was Josh...

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Certified hypnotists team up to provide support for Positive Changes clients

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:59:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - After Positive Changes filed for bankruptcy, hundreds of clients in the Spokane and outlying areas were left without the support needed to complete their programs.  Two Positive Changes Certified Hypnotists have formed an alliance with the idea of helping those clients.  James Barfoot has eight years experience as a state registered hypnotist/coach at Positive changes and designed a new program called Primal Activation. 

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Traction tires advised for vehicles traveling over Snoqualmie Pass

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:10:00 EDT

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. Snow in the spring?  WSDOT says traction tires are advised traveling over Snoqualmie Pass in both directions. The roadway is bare and wet with snow and slush in places.  Over-sized vehicles are prohibited.  Wait.... what season is this? Drive careful this morning on I-90 - it's snowing! — I-90 Snoqualmie Pass (@SnoqualmiePass) May 16, 2017

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Former US Attorney is now Spokane city attorney

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The former U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington has been appointed city attorney for Spokane. Mike Ormsby was confirmed Monday night to head Spokane City Hall's legal department. The Spokesman-Review says the 4-3 confirmation vote by the City Council overcame objections about how he handled discrimination claims by a former employee and his involvement in securing taxpayer-funded bonds for a controversial downtown garage. &nb...

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Suspect in fatal shooting of Montana Deputy arrested

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:44:00 EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula County Sheriff's Office says a Montana Deputy has been killed in a shooting Tuesday morning.  I-90 westbound is currently closed while evidence is collected and multiple agencies are on scene.  The initial incident began during a traffic stop near Three Forks when two suspects got in a shootout with law enforcement.  A pursuit began westbound on I-90 and deputies deployed a spike strip, but were unable to stop the vehicle.

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14-year-old boy sentenced in Tri-Cities home invasion

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:06:00 EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old Tri-Cities boy will be locked up in a juvenile facility until he is 18 for helping tape a 73-year-old woman to a chair during a robbery of her home. Luis Palomo Olmedo was one of four people charged in connection with the Dec. 18 home invasion, and the second case to resolve. The Tri-City Herald reports that 16-year-old Ezekiel I. Salazar already is serving 2 1/2 years for tipping off his friends to target the woman. He used...

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US Postal Service creates first of a kind stamps, mimicking feel of sports equipment

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:49:00 EDT

The U.S. Postal Service has created a first of its kind- stamps that mimic the feel of sports equipment.  A special coating has been applied to select areas of the stamps during the printing process to give them a texture that mimics the feel of: baseball's stitching  golf ball's dimples tennis ball's seams soccer ball and valley ball's textured panels  Raised patterns of footballs, basketballs, and kick balls The first day of issuance i June 14, 2017. 

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Young boy killed in deadly crash north of Spirit Lake

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:26:00 EDT

SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - Idaho State Police say a young boy has died in a crash north of Spirit Lake. Officers say the driver of the car lost control and hit several mailboxes on the Spirit Lake Cutoff Monday evening. The car overturned and came to rest on its top, blocking the roadway for about six hours.   It's unclear at this time who was driving, but the car was occupied by 55-year-old Jose F. Sosa Jr. from Coeur d'Alene and two young boys.   

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