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Pullman psychologist arrested and charged with raping patient during session

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:39:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman police have arrested a therapist and psychologist on suspicion of sexually assault a patient last month.  Police say a woman reported that psychologist Dean Funabiki, PhD, sexually assault her during a therapy session in his office. Swabs were collected from the woman during a sexual assault examination, and a search warrant was obtained to collect DNA from Dr. Funabiki. 

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Drowsy driver rolls car in Franklin County

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:25:00 EST

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is reminding travelers when it comes to driving the roads, if you snooze, you could lose. In a Facebook post Sunday, they compared drowsy-driving to drunk-driving, saying both are dangerous. Deputies say a man driving the car, pictured with this article, fell asleep on his way home from work. They say his car left the road and hit a guard-rail before rolling. The man was wearing 

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Bill proposes mental health exception in felony battery law

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:06:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho lawmaker has proposed inserting a mental health exception in a 2014 felony battery law that protects health care workers. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican State Rep. Christy Perry last week introduced a bill that would amend the law so that it cannot be used to charge people who were in treatment or in the process of seeking treatment for mental illness with battery of health care workers.  The 2014 law made battery of health care workers...

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Spokane Police arrests two suspects for drive-by purse snatchings

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:22:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating three purse snatching incidents that happened Saturday afternoon around the city. In all three incidents a silver Pontiac G6 drove up next to a victim as she was walking and an occupant grabs their purse from the car. Police say in all three incidents there was a physical struggle between the women and the purse snatcher. 

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Animal overpass project now visible to westbound motorists

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A billion-dollar project that will allow animals to travel unimpeded over Washington state's busiest interstate is now visible to westbound I-90 travelers. The Spokesman-Review reports the construction, which is scheduled to finish in fall 2019, will connect two important habitats in the Price Creek area near mile marker 62. Larger animals, like elk, don't like traveling underground. The overpass is designed to give the easiest and most natural path fo...

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Spokane couple finds car windows shot out by BB gun

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:32:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A family has a warning for neighbors after they say someone shot out their car’s windows with a BB gun. This happened near Lincoln and 15th. John Roberg says the most recent incident was just a few days ago where the passenger window was shot out around 9:30 p.m. He says they found the BB pellets inside the car too. This isn’t the first time though. It’s actually the second time in the last month, and in the first ...

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Is there another Earth? UW scientists says maybe

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:21:00 EST

SEATTLE - Scientists at the University of Washington say two planets approximately 40 light years away from ours could be just like Earth.  UW is part of an international scientific collaboration studying the TRAPPIST 1 solar system. The TRAPPIST 1 system orbits around a star 12 times less massive than the Sun and only slightly larger than Jupiter. It contains at least seven planets in orbit and is the closest known solar system to our own. 

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Canine influenza spreads to East Idaho

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:16:00 EST

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho animal hospital says it has been notified of a confirmed case of canine influenza in the eastern part of the state.  The Idaho State Journal reports Alpine Animal Hospital in Chubbuck reported Friday that it has been informed of a case of the dog flu in Rigby. A veterinarian in Twin Falls confirmed just a few days earlier that a dog in Boise had been diagnosed with the disease. Alta Animal Hospital Veterinarian Sara Spangler says t...

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Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:14:00 EST

BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

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Washington state man pleads guilty to raping, killing 6-year-old girl

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:09:00 EST

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Bremerton man has pleaded guilty to the rape and killing of a 6-year-old girl and faces a minimum 40-year sentence. The Kitsap Sun reports that 21-year-old Gabriel Gaeta pleaded guilty Friday in Kitsap County Superior Court to first-degree murder and first-degree rape in the 2014 death of 6-year-old Jenise Wright. Authorities arrested Gaeta in August 2014 but in February 2017 he was found incompetent to stand trial. He was medicated at Western State ...

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Former UW student sentenced for killing another student in drug-fueled rage

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A former University of Washington student who killed his girlfriend in what authorities describe as a drug-fueled rage has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison.    Twenty-three-year-old Casey S. Henderson received the sentence Friday in King County Superior Court for the 2016 killing of 22-year-old Katy Straalsund. Henderson in January pleaded guilty to second-degree murder domestic violence. Straalsund was also a student at the

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Spokane woman's minivan stolen with father's ashes inside

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Diana Reinholt's  had her entire life in her van. She was also living in it after being evicted from her home earlier this month. Inside the stolen van are her father's ashes and pictures of her family.  "I just broke down. I just immediately started crying," said Diana.

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FBI investigating after tree house filled with child porn found in Snoqualmie National Forest

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:40:00 EST

SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. - A Mill Creek man is under investigation by the FBI after child pornography was found inside a tree house in the Snoqualmie National Forest. According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, the unauthorized tree house is located off the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River, and was reported by an employee of the Department of Natural Resources. A DNR worker took several photographs off the child porn-covered walls to show

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Cat Tales debuts new 'touch and learn' exhibit

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - There's an exciting new experience happening in north Spokane.  You've probably been to Cat Tales before, but there's one group of people who haven't been able to enjoy the zoo to their full potential. Fortunately, that's changing. Seeing a wild animal up close is one of the most exciting moments you can experience, and zoos bring that moment to life.  Thousands of people visit Cat Tales every year to come within feet of 

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PHOTOS: Westbound I-90 at Ellensburg back open after 16 vehicle crash

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:42:00 EST

CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

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Moses Lake woman burned after driver pumps gas into garbage can inside car

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:54:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office says a woman is in the hospital after a vehicle fire Saturday morning in Moses Lake. Deputies say the fire was caused by her companion pumping gas into a garbage can inside their car. Fire crews and deputies responded to Cascade Grocery at 8034 Valley Road Northeast around 8:15 a.m.

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Remains of damaged Glacier chalet hold up under record snows

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:41:00 EST

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A conservation groups says the stone walls of a historic chalet at Glacier National Park that was severely damaged in a wildlfire last summer are holding up despite record snowfalls.    The Glacier National Park Conservancy says a flyover of the backcountry Sperry Chalet earlier this month showed the walls still standing. The group raised more than $100,000 to stabilize the chalet after an August wildfire gutted the structure. The Great Falls...

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Southwestern Idaho student brings BB gun to class

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:35:00 EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A southwestern Idaho school district is informing parents that a middle school student brought a BB gun to class. Nampa School District spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck tells the Idaho Press Tribune that a staff member at East Valley Middle School on Thursday received a tip that a student was carrying a weapon. Tuck says the staff member asked the student about the weapon and the student cooperated, reporting the BB gun in a backpack. Tuck says n...

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Barefoot woman flags down Spokane police to report three men broke into her motel room

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:21:00 EST

A Spokane woman told police three men armed with a gun, stun gun and pepper spray forced their way into her motel room early Saturday morning. She flagged down an officer getting away. All three men were arrested a short time later. Officers say a patrol officer found the woman running in the 1300 block of E. Sprague, barefoot, around 2:15 a.m. 

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Family left high and dry after Trader Tots consignment store's surprise closure

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:58:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - Billie Swanson has her hands full. Taking care of two boys could be a full-time job. “Kids grow in and out of stuff so quickly and it's a nice place to go and to have that option and some extra money in our pockets,” Swanson said. Swanson is taking about Trader Tots Consignment Store in Post Falls. It’s a place she’s gone to in the past to sell her kids old clothes and buy new ones. That is, until recently. “They 

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Mom demands change after school threat at Reardan High School

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:09:00 EST

It was a late September afternoon in 2017. Most remember the time frame because the community was still reeling from the shooting at Freeman High School. But Trina Ryan remembers the day for another reason. ”I don't want anybody else to have to get the phone call,” said Ryan. “It was just an automated call.” That call was a warning to parents alerting them to a social media gun threat at Reardan High School, where Ryan's son attended.

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North Idaho man tries to make off with 40 ft long poles

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:40:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

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Boy Runs To Raise SIDS Awareness

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:07:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - 10-year-old Kaedan Adams is one of the smallest people on the treadmill at the YMCA, but he might have one of the biggest hearts. He’s working out at the gym every other day getting in shape to run the Windermere Half Marathon. He isn’t just running, he’s raising money for a good cause. Kaedan is asking people to sponsor him and pledge $13.10 for the 13.1 miles he’ll run in the race. The money will go to the Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation,

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Spokane man gives car to total stranger in need

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man made it his mission to help those going through some tough times. Rick Clark has helped out in more ways than some people could ever try to. Friday, he helped gift a new car to two people. It all started when residents approached Clark about spare cars they had and they wanted to donate them to people in need. A Honda Accord and another car were gifted, but Rick selected Kendra McQueen and another 

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Everett teen charged with attempted murder for alleged school shooting plot

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:14:00 EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A teen in Everett has been charged with attempted murder related to an alleged school shooting plot. The Daily Herald reports 18-year-old Joshua O'Connor also was charged Thursday in Everett District Court with robbery and assault. O'Connor was arrested Tuesday at ACES High School after police say his grandmother called 911 and showed officers a journal where he allegedly drew up plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at the school.  ...

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Man who sued former Seattle mayor over sex abuse claims found dead

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:59:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A 47-year-old man who sued former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray over sexual abuse claims that effectively ended Murray's political career has been found dead. The King County Medical Examiner's Office said that Delvonn R. Heckard died Friday in the Seattle suburb of Auburn. The cause and manner of Heckard's death are pending. Heckard's lawsuit filed in April claimed Murray raped and molested Heckard as a teen. Other men came forward with similar claims after...

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Royal City man arrested, accused of assaulting parents with a shovel

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:30:00 EST

ROYAL CITY, Wash. - A man is accused of assaulting his parents with a shovel at their Royal City home. Royal City Police tell iFIBER One News that 25-year-old Wilmer Guerrero was talking with his father on Feb. 4 when things got heated. He eventually took off his jacket and punched his father several times in the face. Guerrero allegedly pushed his father to the ground, then kicked kicked him and stomped on his head. Police say that 

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Kennewick lawyer accused of stealing $330K from clients

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:15:00 EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has disbarred a Kennewick attorney charged with stealing nearly $330,000 from clients. The Tri-City Herald reports that Christoper Lee Neal's disbarment took effect Thursday. The 43-year-old lawyer had been suspended in 2016 from practicing in Washington state after a client who hired him to handle a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service raised concerns. Neal was previously disciplined in 2015 for losing a couple's cli...

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Priest River man convicted of ritualized abuse of his family

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:59:00 EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man accused of using his religious beliefs to justify the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and children was found guilty of more than a dozen felony charges. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports a jury on Thursday convicted 49-year-old Dana Andrew Furtney on charges that included lewd conduct, sexual abuse of a child, ritualized abuse and domestic violence. Against the wishes of his counsel, Furtney testified Thursday that he might...

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N. Idaho inmate's death due to undiagnosed heart condition

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:54:00 EST

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - Officials say a hereditary heart condition led to the death of an inmate at the Idaho Correctional Institute in Orofino. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office in a statement Thursday says 30-year-old Alexander Mecklin's death in January was due to the undiagnosed heart condition. Mecklin collapsed in the weight room at the northern Idaho facility on Jan. 23 and died a short time later at Clearwater Valley Hospital.    Mecklin was serving tim...

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The Latest: No evidence of a shooting at Highline College

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:46:00 EST

DES MOINES, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on reports of shots fired at a Washington state community college (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Authorities say they found no evidence of a shooting at a Washington state community college where there were reports of shots fired. Kent Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla said Friday that authorities walked the entire Highline College campus and did not find anything. The school of about 17,000 in Des Moines, Washington, was pla...

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9 infected deer killed during hunt to gauge Montana disease

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:42:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed at least nine infected deer during a pair of special hunts intended to gauge the prevalence of a newly-found wildlife disease in Montana.  State officials announced Friday that hunters killed more than 450 deer before the special hunts ended this week in Bridger and Liberty counties.  Tests on some animals are still pending. Biologists are looking for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological illness that first appeared in Montana last

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SCAM ALERT: Spokane County Sheriff's Office warns of caller posing as county official

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:37:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants to warn you about a scam call circulating, where the scammer pretends to work at the Spokane Clerk's Office. During the call, the scammer identifies himself as ‘John Witter’ from the Spokane Clerk’s Office.  This scammer, calling from 509-552-4304, goes on to say there was an arrest warrant for the person’s spouse and the “fees” needed to be payed to clear his record.

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Spokane family searches for driver who hit, injured teen crossing the street

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tonight a Spokane teen is recovering from a hit and run crash where a driver drove into him and then took off.   Avery Plank founded and runs the charity "Project Unconditional Love," a project that gives dog and cat food to homeless people so they can feed their pets.    While he helps others every week, tonight he's the one hoping for help. The accident happened hear near Columbia and Magnolia, just a few blocks from Whitman E...

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Psychologists: Focus on filling your own home with love

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:38:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - With another school shooting this week in Florida, it's likely your children are asking you questions. Local experts say they best thing you can do is focus on creating a safe loving home for your family. Dr. Michelle Estelle said it's important to ask you children questions. She said reserve voicing your opinion until you really hear what it is your child has to say. "We want to guide the conversation according to age appropriate talk 

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Bicyclist killed in Milton hit-and-run crash identified

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:06:00 EST

MILTON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have identified a bicyclist killed early Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash in Milton. The News Tribune reports King County medical examiners identified the man as 29-year-old Ryan B. Joe. The Washington State Patrol says Joe was riding south on Meridian Avenue East when he was struck and killed by an unknown motorist that fled the scene.  Detectives believe he may have been knocked off his bike before being run over.   ...

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Community rallies to help woman whose home was ransacked

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The community rallies after a woman’s house is burglarized, and donations for a charity are stolen. KHQ first told you about Dorothy Balum a week ago. Burglars ransacked her home and took jewelry, checkbooks, and bags of donations for Hope House, an organization that helps homeless women. A former student of hers who saw our story started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Hope House in her name. He wrote, “This is one of the most caring women I’ve ...

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Montana won't hunt Yellowstone grizzly bears in 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:46:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana won't hold a Yellowstone region grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said they want to avoid complicating a lawsuit over the animal's legal status. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday against a hunt this year. Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion says the move doesn't mean there won't be a grizzly hunt in the future.  Federal officials last year lifted Endangered Species Act protections for about

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House passes tougher greenhouse gas emissions targets

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:42:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state would set more aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under a bill that passed the House. After lengthy heated debate, the House passed the measure Wednesday night on a 50-48 vote, along party lines. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. The measure calls for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions than what the Legislature set in 2008.  By 2025, the state would reduce emissions to 19 percent be...

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House panel OKs bump stock ban

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:20:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill that would ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly, similar to the ones used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. The measure, which passed out of the full Senate last month on a 29-20 vote, passed the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 10-3 vote. The move to ban the devices - known as bump stocks - came in response to last October's mass shooting at a country music festival in Las...

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Career Day at the Monument School went off without a hitch, but had plenty of bark

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:17:00 EST

QUINCY, Wash. - Quincy Police Officers and Grant County Sheriff's Deputies assisted at the Career Day at the Monument School. K9 Grizzly and K9 Chicka showed off their skills while others talked about law enforcement. "Kids were very polite and asked great questions," Quincy Police Department said in a release. "Parents and teachers should be very proud of the kids." Animal Control and Animal Shelter personnel were also on 

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KCSO Sonar Team continues search for missing boater

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:52:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Sheriff’s Office Sonar Team is continuing their search of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the area of Powderhorn Bay for 68 year old Larry D. Isenberg, who was reported missing on February 13, 2018. As of Friday, the KCSO Sonar Team has searched approximately 250 acres of the lake bed using a side scan sonar system, which provides searchers with detailed images of the lake bed. The KCSO sonar system is 

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Spokane Police: Stay safe when driving near commercial vehicles

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - With the construction season right around the corner, the Spokane Police Department wants to remind motorists to use caution and avoid unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles.“We tend to see more commercial vehicles around the construction seasons so it’s a perfect opportunity to remind motorists to use extra caution and drive safely,” says SPD Traffic Sergeant John Griffin. 

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Sheriff: Florida school gunman fired into 5 classrooms

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:39:00 EST

PARKLAND, Fla. - A Florida sheriff says the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people stopped at fast food restaurants after the attack. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday that Nikolas Cruz tried to mix in with a group of students fleeing the school. The sheriff says he then headed to a Wal-Mart and bought a drink at a Subway restaurant before walking to a McDonald's.

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Montana school bus skids off road in whiteout conditions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:46:00 EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A school bus carrying a high school boys' basketball team skidded off a road in whiteout conditions, but none of the 14 people on the bus were injured. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Jerome Steiner tells the Great Falls Tribune the driver reported he couldn't see the road as the Augusta team was returning home from a tournament game in Shelby. It was snowing and the wind was blowing about 35 mph (56 kilometers per hour).  The bus carrying the 1...

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Man arrested, charged with setting man on fire in Seattle

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:41:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A man accused of setting a man on fire in Seattle in November has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.    The SeattlePI reports 31-year-old Christopher Burrus was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Mountlake Terrace.    He was booked into jail and had bail set at $1 million. Police say Burrus was identified in surveillance video from Nov. 7 on the 4500 block of Northwest Leary Way.    Court 

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Texas police mistakenly shoot man who took gun from suspect

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:43:00 EST

AMARILLO, Texas - A Texas Panhandle shelter worker who wrestled a gun away from a man holding hostages was then shot by a police officer who mistook him as the suspect. Amarillo police say they received a report Wednesday of a man holding dozens hostage in the chapel of Faith City Mission, a shelter serving the indigent and others. 

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McDonald's cutting cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from Happy Meals

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:47:00 EST

OAK BROOK, Ill. - McDonald's is planning on getting rid of cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal in an effort to cut down on calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.  If you still want a cheeseburger in your happy meal, you can, but McDonald's said that not listing them will reduce how often they are ordered. 

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Trump: Nation 'joined together' after shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:08:00 EST

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said the nation is "joined together as one American family" after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. In a national address from the White House on Thursday, Trump said he wanted to speak directly to America's children, saying "you are never alone, and you never will be." He said no child should have to go to school fearing for their lives.

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Coach who shielded students among shooting victims

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:45:00 EST

PARKLAND, Fla. - A football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida. The football program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweets that assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students. 

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Man says Luke Wilson was hero in deadly crash

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:48:00 EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A witness says actor Luke Wilson pulled an injured woman from a car after a Los Angeles crash that killed a 71-year-old man who was in a Ferrari with professional golfer Bill Haas.    Tattoo artist Sean Heirigs says he was directly behind the Ferrari and saw the whole accident and told his 14-year-old daughter to call 911.

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Spokane police searching for suspect after shooting in N. Spokane

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:08:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating after a shooting in north Spokane Wednesday night. It happened near the intersection of Frederick and Lincoln. Witnesses say the victim was walking down the street when the suspect approached him.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in deaths of two adults in Grant County

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:19:00 EST

COULEE CITY, Wash. - Investigators are looking into the deaths of two Coulee City adults due to what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Responders were called about 7 p.m. Monday to a trailer park in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Coulee City after a landlord found the renters -- a male and a female -- dead inside a home. Investigators believe the two were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or propane heater. Foul play is not suspected. 

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Broken pipes cause hundreds to lose water on reservation

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:49:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week.    Yellowstone Public Media reported Wednesday that the reservation has been plagued by water shortages because federal funding for a much-needed water project hasn't come through. The project would install a multi-million-dollar pipeline to provide water for the reservation and nearby communities.

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Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:45:00 EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Everett police say they arrested an 18-year-old student they believe was planning to shoot people at his high school. The Daily Herald reports that officers on Tuesday arrested Joshua Alexander O'Connor at ACES High School on attempted murder charges. Police say O'Connor's grandmother called 911 earlier Tuesday and that she showed them a journal where he allegedly drew up plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at the school.  &n...

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A 9-year-old's quest to become a world champion

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:26:00 EST

Rocksie Marchand may look like an everyday 9 year old: Playing basketball for Wilbur Elementary school,  being a big sister to her younger siblings, and a kid out enjoying the seasons... But put her on her horse Roo, and it’s clear to see this beauty was born to ride. Since the age of 3 Rocksie has been competing in many rodeo events.

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Armored truck rolls over, sends passenger to hospital

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:10:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- One person is recovering after an armored truck rollover on State Route 904 near Cheney. Troopers say it happened around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Troopers say an armored truck from Garda was headed westbound on State Route 904. 

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WSP: One person dead after rollover crash near Cheney/Tyler exit

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:50:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol Troopers say one person is dead following a crash on I-90 west of Spokane.  The crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-90 near milepost 259, or about 20 miles west of Spokane. Trooper Jeff Sevigney urges motorists who may have to travel that way to use caution through the area.  

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Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:50:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.    Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration.

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Search continues from man who fell into Lake Coeur d'Alene

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:36:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The search continues for a missing north Idaho man in the cold waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Deputies say Larry Isenberg fell in the lake Tuesday while out near Powderhorn Bay. On Wednesday Kootenai County Marine Deputies got ready for a 10-hour search of the lake.

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Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:31:00 EST

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus. The Times-News reports the Black Angus bull rampaged across the town of Burley on Tuesday, trampling over signs and charging at people before arriving at Burley High School. Sheriff Jay Heward says the officers were not able to capture the bull, so the animal was killed in order to keep the public safe. He says no gunshots w...

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Idaho panel kills bill to raise smoking age to 21

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:21:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel has killed a bill that would have increased the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, a Republican from Boise, would have applied to smoking, chewing tobacco and using alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. The goal was to join California, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii and Main to ban smoking until age 21. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday killed the p...

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Agencies investigate pet food company over contamination

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:44:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - State and federal authorities are investigating a raw pet food company based in a Seattle suburb after finding a pattern of salmonella and listeria contamination in its products.    The Seattle Times reports the Food and Drug Administration and the state Department of Agriculture have launched investigations into the Tukwila-based Darwin's Natural Pet Products following multiple complaints and four recalls related to its products.

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Spokane deputies arrest would-be burglar busted trying to cut through fence

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - After they received a call of a man cutting a fence behind the Maverik store at store at Broadway and Evergreen, deputies arrived within three minutes and detained two men. They subsequently arrested 29-year-old Adam S. Bauch for second degree attempted burglary. Just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a citizen reported two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and cutting the fence behind Maverik.

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How to plan a lovely day that doesn’t bust your budget

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:19:00 EST

So you’ve found someone to spend your life with. Congrats! Now all you have to do is make it official and throw a party. As you plan a wedding, it’s not unusual to watch the cost skyrocket. But weddings can be both memorable and affordable.

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Spokane City & County launching full plow operations

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The snow fell (is still falling as of 9:00 a.m.) and the City of Spokane has decided to launch a full-city plow. Both the City of Spokane and Spokane County announced they are in full plow operations Wednesday morning.

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Meals on Wheels fundraiser hits 10-year mark with Cinnagrams

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:10:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday marks day two of preparations for Cinnagrams, an annual Valentine's day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.  Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers meals to disabled and homebound seniors in Spokane.  

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:51:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - School closures and delays are coming in fast this morning.  Here are the latest closings and delays we have right now.

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Man saves two people from north Spokane house fire

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters knocked down a house fire in north Spokane Tuesday night.  Crews responded around 9 p.m. Neighbors say there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.  There is no word yet whether anyone was injured, but one man told KHQ he saved two people from the home. He even caught someone who jumped from a second story window.

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Lawmakers propose program to monitor car theft felons in Spokane

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:12:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - This week the Washington State Senate approved a bill that would set up a new pilot program in the Spokane area to combat car thefts. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Spokane and Spokane Valley saw a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles from 2015 to 2016, jumping from 25th to 11th, among the nation's worst cities for car thefts.

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Women's Heart Health: Spokane mom suffers heart attack while getting son ready for school

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:55:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Think of the three women closest to you. Maybe it's your sister, your mom and your best friend. Now think that of those three, one will die because of heart disease. It's the gut wrenching reality that many don't want to think about or talk about. KHQ wants to start the conversation about women's heart health, because it very well could impact someone you love very much. 

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ICE lawyer in Seattle charged with stealing immigrants' IDs

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:30:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - A lawyer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants' identities.    Raphael Sanchez, identified as ICE's chief counsel in Seattle, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in a charging document filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

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East Valley math teacher pleads ‘not guilty’ to burglary, theft charges

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A former Athletic Director and current math teacher at East Valley Middle School plead not guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and theft Tuesday. Andrew Breneman, 35, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft stemming from an incident last October. According to court records, Breneman stole thousands of dollars in fishing equipment from a fly shop where he worked. His trial starts on May 7.

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Serious crash serves as reminder for children to use car seats

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two adults and a child are recovering in the hospital after getting into a serious car crash Monday night. The crash investigation closed off Hamilton at Montgomery overnight. Police say initial reports show that the child wasn’t in a car seat even though due to his age and size he was supposed to be. There are organizations around town that help with making sure you have the right car seat or booster seat for your child. Safe Kids Spokane does car seat safety c...

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Coeur d'Alene board votes to build Hayden Lake School expansion

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:52:00 EST

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho - When you walk inside Hayden Lake School, it’s like taking a step back in time. The old floors and the brick building represent the history in the city of Hayden; history that Principal Bill Rutherford embraces. “It's a piece of who Hayden is,” Rutherford said. But with changing times and more people moving to the area, it’s time to expand.

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Climber airlifted off Oregon mountain dies

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:15:00 EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a climber who fell up to 1,000 feet (305) meters and was airlifted off Mount Hood has died. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the male climber was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Portland, Oregon, hospital Tuesday afternoon.

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Quest for unconditional love: Spokane teen works to help homeless with pets

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - As Olympic athletes strive for gold, a teenager in Spokane is striving for a cause. Avery Plank is only 15, but five years ago, he founded his own charity called Project Unconditional Love. The freshman at Mt. Spokane High School took his love for animals, and created a way to make it possible for other people to experience the same joy you can only feel from having a pet.

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Spokane Valley deputies quickly recover vehicle reported stolen, make two arrests

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:32:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley and Spokane County deputies worked together to recover a stolen vehicle quickly after it was reported stolen, they also located a second car involved in the theft after the driver tried to block the deputy from getting behind the stolen car.

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City of Spokane says it's ready for winter storm

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:17:00 EST

Spokane, Wash. This winter has been pretty calm. But after several days of blue sky, the city plows are ready to hit the streets Wednesday morning "We are prepared throughout the winter season to be able to respond to snow and ice as it comes into our region," said Marlene Feist. The city's street department spokeswoman Marlene Feist says her crews are prepared to be out all night, but for handyman Steven Lawrence, the snow would be a change of pace. He hasn't needed 

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Dive team searching for missing boater on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:02:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team has been actively searching Lake Coeur d'Alene in the area of Powderhorn Bay for a 68-year-old man identified as Larry D. Isenberge. Isenberg had reportedly fallen into the lake.

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Man with 'DIRTBAG' vanity license plate arrested at car wash

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:56:00 EST

BELLVUE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a Washington man with a custom "DIRTBAG" license plate on his car was arrested after purposely rear-ending a driver at a car wash and punching an officer.    Court documents say the man - upset the driver ahead of him wasn't moving faster - bumped the car in front of him Sunday with his Chevy Camaro.

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Sheriff's deputy shot man reported to be suicidal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:49:00 EST

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man reported as being suicidal was shot by a sheriff's deputy in western Washington state.    The 34-year-old man from Lynnwood had texted a friend that he wanted to kill himself, hours before the shooting happened along the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Monday night.

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Police: Woman dead after falling from car during chase

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:46:00 EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Idaho say a woman has died from her injuries after falling from a car driven by a man attempting to elude police.    Nampa police say 46-year-old Joe A. Navarez kept driving after the woman fell out and was eventually stopped early Tuesday morning after police rammed his vehicle. 

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Rep. Timm Ormsby charged with DUI in Olympia

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:55:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Representative Timm Ormsby was pulled over and charged with a DUI last weekend in Olympia.  “I made a very poor choice this weekend and want to apologize to my constituents, colleagues, friends and family,” Ormsby said in a statement released Tuesday. “I have faith in our justice system and will abide by whatever consequences I receive." Ormsby represents Spokane's 3rd District and is the most senior Democrat in the Legislature. 

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Man on bicycle shot outside KHQ; Suspect(s) on the loose

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man is in the hospital recovering from serious injuries after being shot on the corner of Sprague and Jefferson right outside KHQ in downtown Spokane early Tuesday morning. The shooting was actually captured on KHQ's security cameras. Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, video shows a car driving north on Jefferson, turn west on Sprague, stop at the corner and shoot a man on a bicycle.

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3 people hospitalized in crash at Hamilton and Montgomery

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:30:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police traffic investigators were on the scene of a bad crash near Hamilton and Montgomery Monday night. Officers on scene say three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital as a result of the collision but all of them have injuries that are not considered life-threatening. 

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Spokane man stabbed over custom pool cue

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 52-year-old man is in the hospital after he was stabbed by people who wanted to take his custom pool cue. Police say the victim was on his way to Moezy Tavern on Monroe when he was approached by three people who tried to steal his cue. He refused to hand it over and was stabbed twice near Ash and Grace, he then walked about a half a mile to the bar, where police and medics were called. 

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Quest to compete: Spokane city leaders' vision for multi-use sports facility

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:09:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - An Olympic dream usually starts well before the Olympic reality. And right now there is a serious push that has traction to transform the north bank of the Spokane River with a multi-use Sportsplex, which city leaders call a "game changer" for the way our kids play any sports. The hours, days, weeks and years of practice, now realized at a state of the art facility.

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Selkirk firefighter trains for Seattle stair climb

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:03:00 EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho - For over an hour everyday, Selkirk firefighter, Gwen LeTetour gears up from head-to-toe to do battle… with the stair master. He does this daily in preparation for a big race. “I have been training a lot, last year I placed in the top 100 so this year I will have a better start,” LeTetour said.

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Surveillance camera captures car prowler casing car before break-in

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane business owner is urging everyone to make sure they don’t leave anything in their car after her son’s car is broken into. Tammy Hull says her son parked his car overnight at her business, Litz’s Bar and Grill. Sometime around 5:30 in the morning on Saturday, a man walked by, looking for things, and even walked around the entire building. He was dressed strangely, with a bandana around his face, a hoodie and a baseball cap. He then look...

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Amazon to lay off 'small' number of people in Seattle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:35:00 EST

NEW YORK (AP) - After a ramp-up of hiring last year, Amazon says it will cut a "small" number of positions at its Seattle headquarters.    The company did not give an exact number, but The Seattle Times, citing a person familiar with the cuts, says they affect a few hundred people.

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Othello rancher leaves small fortune to important causes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An Othello cattle rancher has left a small fortune to benefit everything from rural health care to wildlife in Eastern Washington.    William Crosetto died on Jan. 25 at the age of 75.    The Spokesman-Review says he worked with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to establish a legacy.

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Senate passes bill banning sale of certain firefighting foam

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:13:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Senate has voted to ban the sale of firefighting foam that contains certain chemicals of concern.    The bill would ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of firefighting foam where chemicals known as PFAS are intentionally added.    The Senate on Saturday passed Senate Bill 6413 on a 39-8 vote. It now heads to the House for consideration.

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Student files claim after alleged threat from teacher

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:07:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A 17-year-old student who allegedly was threatened by a Washington teacher has filed a $500,000 claim for damages against the school district in connection with the confrontation that was captured on video.

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Spokane Valley 20-year-old arrested with meth in coat says he was borrowing it

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:58:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley deputies responding to an attempted theft call arrested two people Sunday morning. A juvenile suspect was arrested for an active felony warrant and another man, identified as 20-year-old Tyler Packwood, was arrested for two warrants: possession of methamphetamine and providing false statements.

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Washington seeks ban on income-based rent discrimination

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:44:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers have advanced bills that prohibit landlords from rejecting housing tenants based on the source of their income.    The Seattle Times reports that Senate Bill 5407 prevents landlords from turning down applicants who rely on income from Social Security, veterans benefits or Section 8 housing vouchers.

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Police: Donald Trump Jr.'s wife exposed to white powder

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:43:00 EST

NEW YORK - Donald Trump Jr. says he's thankful that his wife and children are "safe and unharmed" after an envelope containing white powder was sent to his mother-in-law's New York City apartment. Police say his wife, Vanessa Trump, felt ill after opening the envelope at her mother's apartment Monday morning.

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Spokane Police officer on leave after being arrested for DUI

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:00:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department says an officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for a DUI on Saturday night.  "Detective Kirk Kimberly was stopped by a Washington State Patrol Trooper for speeding on Saturday at approximately 11:40 p.m. in the area of Monroe St. and Grace Ave," the department said in a release on Monday.

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The Latest: Trump plan might sell assets, including airports

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:56:00 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan calls for possibly selling two of the three major airports serving the nation's capital. The president is calling for divesting federal assets when agencies can show the sale would "optimize taxpayer value."

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Quest for kindness: Spokane family's story reminds us how fragile life can be

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - This Olympics we're showcasing achievement that isn't scored by a judge. It's measured by the impact people you might know - friends, neighbors, co-workers - are having on our community.  While the people we are profiling won't be found on any podium, they are just as deserving of our admiration. Tonight, we're introducing you to a Spokane family determined to spread a message, "kindness matters." They are two 

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