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Cougar family comes together to remember Tyler Hilinski, talk about mental health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:27:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - It was an incredibly emotional evening on the Washington State University campus in Pullman Friday as the Cougar family remembered one of their own, gone too soon. In the shadow of Martin Stadium, hundreds gathered in silence to remember quarterback Tyler Hilinski and those whose lives have been touched by suicide.  Family, friends and teammates held candles as they wiped away tears. Tyler's parents held 

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The forgotten fallout shelter: An inside look underneath one of Spokane’s oldest buildings

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:44:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Cobwebs hang from the exposed pipes running along the ceiling of a dimly lit, dirty basement. The underground labyrinth is used as storage space at Mount Saint Michael’s Academy in Spokane. But several decades ago it served as a safe haven. During the Cold War, the Office of Civil Defense designated the basement at Saint Michael’s as one of hundreds of fallout shelters throughout the city. 

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K9 Grizzly helps catch teen wanted for kidnapping, robbery near George

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:43:00 EST

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Grant County deputies with the help of K-9 Grizzly on Thursday caught a 17-year-old Moses Lake boy wanted for kidnapping and robbery in connection to a December 19, 2017 robbery near Ephrata. Acting on tips from citizens, the teen boy arrested around 4:00 p.m. at a home in the 19000 block of South Frontage Road West southwest of George. After first refusing to come out, the youth was quickly found and subdued by K-9 Grizzly.

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Coconut flakes sold in Washington recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:21:00 EST

Health officials are warning about a potentially tainted batch of shredded coconut after 25 people, including four in Washington, got sick.  The Food and Drug Administration says the Evershing International Trading Company is recalling the 16-ounce packs for possible salmonella contamination.  The product is sold in both Washington and Oregon.  Anyone who purchased it is asked to throw it away or return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. 

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Montana law enforcement to safely dispose of drugs with incinerators

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:07:00 EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Montana now has drug incinerators in Butte, Great Falls and Billings. The Montana Standard reports that on Thursday federal, state and local law enforcement agencies gave a demo of a drug incinerator that will safely dispose of prescription and illegal drugs.    Officials say the incinerators are efficient and environmentally safe. Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Becker says heat from the incinerator is high enough to eliminate troubl...

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Moses Lake man arrested after blocking traffic, assaulting two police officers

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:57:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Thursday morning shortly before 5 am, Moses Lake Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Stratford Road for a report of a man walking in traffic. Officers arrived and contacted 51-year-old Cipriano Valdez, who was exhibiting signs of methamphetamine intoxication. This was one of several disturbance calls officers had responded to with Valdez during the previous 24 hours. Valdez is well-known to law 

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Students evacuated due to bathroom fire during exam week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:49:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials at a southwestern junior high school say a fire that caused an evacuation during exam week is of suspicious origin.    Boise School District spokesman Dan Hollar says the fire started at about 9:30 a.m. Friday when a paper towel dispenser caught fire in the girls' bathroom at Hillside Junior High School in Boise. Hollar tells KTVB-TV that students were evacuated to the cafeteria and gym areas. Hollar says the damage is minimal, and ...

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Update: Deputies identify woman seen with man arrested for gas station rape

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:47:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley police and deputies continue to investigate the beating and sexual assault of a woman in a Spokane Valley gas station near Trent and Vista over the weekend. Investigators say responding deputies detained and arrested registered sex offender Michael Rush as he was seen leaving the bathroom, where a woman in her 40s was found beaten and strangled.

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SUV involved in hit and run found after driver leaves license plate behind at crash scene

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:18:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Kaitlyn Dennis' car was ruled totaled after someone drove into her at a red light just north of the Gonzaga campus last week, before speeding off. After discovering that the driver responsible left behind their license plate, Dennis and her family hoped to track down the person behind the wheel of the car that hit her. Since the incident, Dennis' family says they were able to track down the car that hit her. They found it on 

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UPDATE: Yakima County Sheriff's Office finds missing woman with Alzheimer's safe

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:29:00 EST

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a woman missing since Tuesday. 69-year-old Linda Casey suffers from Alzheimer's and is believed to be in danger.  Casey is 5 ft, 115 lbs. She was last seen on 80 Buckeye Lane in Naches and is believed to be driving a 2014 silver Hyundai Sonata.  Anyone with information is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff's Office at (509) 574-2500. 

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Soap Lake man arrested on outstanding federal drug warrant

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:51:00 EST

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - A 35-year-old Soap Lake man wanted on federal drug charges was arrested Thursday morning during a joint local-federal raid on his home. Ryan Cecchetti was arrested by federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations. He is now in federal custody. Cecchetti was arrested in 2017 and was indicted on federal drug charges. He failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Spokane Police finds missing vulnerable woman safe

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:40:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Department is asking for the public's help finding a missing vulnerable woman. Officers say Natalie Collier walked away from her home Thursday morning. She is 22 years old, but officers say she functions at a younger age. Due to the age Natalie functions at, the weather, and some other medical issues, police are concerned about her well being. Natalie is 5’7, 125 lbs. She has brown hair and was last 

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Dedicated GU students bring Tent City to life for conference rivalry game

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Twenty-four hours before the game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Saint Mary’s Gael’s tipped off, more than a hundred students were pitching tents on a grass field outside of the McCarthey Athletic Center. “It’s on the bucket list of every Gonzaga student,” said Sophomore Joey Nichols. “It’s absolutely worth it.” It’s absolutely worth it for Nichols and his group of friends because their persistence paid off. 

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Lawmakers reach tentative agreement on capital construction budget

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:45:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - State lawmakers are expected to approve $4.2 billion for construction in the state as a part of the capital budget. A chunk of that is meant for infrastructure right here in Spokane. One of them is for a major renovation of Spokane Community College’s main building. Greg Stevens, the chief administration officer of Community Colleges of Spokane, says project costs about $25 million and the start of it was delayed because the capital budget couldn’t be reac...

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How a government shutdown could affect you

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A government shutdown will have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail will still be delivered. Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue to flow. But vacationers will be turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. Here is a look at how services 

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Family feels violated after $200 worth of meat stolen in break-in from freezer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:20:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is still feeling violated after a strange heist. They found that their garage was broken into, and the only items that appear to have been taken were $200 worth of meat and food. Tamara Lear still can’t believe someone would do this. She says on Saturday, she was getting ready to make food for her family, but when she went into the garage to get hamburger meat, she noticed that it was missing. Upon further inspection, she and her fiancé noticed t...

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South Spokane shooting victim left blind, says he wants justice

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:04:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It was a crime that sent shock waves from the South Hill all over Spokane. Two people shot just feet from their apartments. The manhunt for their killer lasted days. The 64-year-old survivor of that ambush and his family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner to share his story. Mike Troy was shot in the face but miraculously lived. His brother Gene said it's been an agonizing month. "He's never harmed anyone," Gene said. 

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Idaho deputy involved in rollover crash while responding to call

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:47:00 EST

On Tuesday, a Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a roll-over crash approximately three miles north of the City of Richfield, Idaho. The deputy received very minor injuries and was not transported to a medical facility. The deputy was responding to a call at the school when the crash occurred. The deputy was driving “code-3” which means the lights and sirens were activated and functioning. The deputy was wearing a seat belt and the air bags were deployed a...

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Felon faces federal charges after Moses Lake Police find him with three illegal guns

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:30:00 EST

Last week, Moses Lake Police officers teamed up with members of the Northwest Violent Offender’s Task Force to locate a wanted felon and confiscate his illegally-possessed guns. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Corrections were also involved in tracking this guy down. Task force officers found 24-year-old Isaac Bruno Avila and take him down on a traffic stop. While Avila was being arrested, officers found evidence of firearms and ammunition inside ...

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$2,000 reward offered for information on who shot, killed eagle near Snohomish

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:22:00 EST

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - A wildlife center north of Seattle is offering a $1,000 reward for information about who shot a bald eagle. The Daily Herald reports the Sarvey Wildlife Center got a call Wednesday from someone who said they heard gunshots and saw an eagle fall to the ground near Snohomish. Wildlife center staff brought the eagle estimated to be about a year old to the center for medical care. Officials said Thursday that the eagle died overnight.  &n...

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Alert Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy intervenes to stop suicide attempt

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:59:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Sunday evening, Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Humphrey was driving through the parking lot of the Airway Heights Walmart when his attention was drawn to a vehicle parked on the far west side.  As he drove toward the vehicle, he noticed a dryer hose attached to the exhaust pipe which ran into the open trunk.  Deputy Humphrey parked, approached the vehicle and saw a man covered with a blanket, reclined back in the driver’s seat.

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Moses Lake man arrested for sixth time after off duty Othello police officer spots stolen car

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:46:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - All he was trying to do was get a workout in. About 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, an off-duty Othello Police officer headed to the gym when he spotted a vehicle he knew to be stolen out of Othello. The officer called Moses Lake officers who responded, and were able to locate and stop the vehicle on North Stratford Road. Because there was firearm in the vehicle when it was stolen, officers took all four occupants in 

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Yakima approves emergency proclamation ahead of landslide

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:58:00 EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A city in central Washington state issued an emergency proclamation in response to a mass of rock and soil crawling down a ridge that officials say could turn into a landslide. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution for city officials to request state or federal assistance should the city require help in responding to the effects of about 4 million cubic yards (3 million cubic meters) of material inching down 

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Bill would require emergency train-stopping technology

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:51:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A new bill in the U.S. House would require railroads to have emergency train-stopping technology in the wake of the Washington Amtrak derailment that killed three passengers and injured dozens of others. The Seattle Times reports the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Peter DeFazio, would prohibit railroads from launching new passenger routes until the technologies are installed. The deadli...

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Montana man sentenced for running over wife with pickup truck

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:48:00 EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A 61-year-old north-central Montana man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for running over his wife with a pickup truck on New Year's Day 2017, killing her. Thomas Edward Mancha of Browning earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Charlene Mancha on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced him Wednesday. Court records say a witness reported seeing Mancha dragging his wife by the h...

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Court Docs: Blood possibly found in rape suspect's car as detectives still search for missing woman

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:21:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Detectives continue to investigate the brutal beating and rape of an employee at a Spokane Valley gas station. They arrested a level three sex offender for the crime. The victim had serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Detectives arrested 36-year-old Michael Rush near the gas station bathroom where the victim was found inside raped, strangled and beaten. 

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Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:05:00 EST

WASHINGTON - Scientists say last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked either second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.

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Officials: Thousands of skilled jobs are going unfilled

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:26:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho - Education officials say thousands of science, technology, engineering and math jobs are going unfilled each year in Idaho due to a lack of skilled workers. The Lewiston Tribune reports that education officials told the state Legislature's joint budget committee last week that 7,000 STEM jobs went unfilled in Idaho last year - double the number from the prior year.

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Amazon announces 20 finalists for its second headquarters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:04:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - We didn't make the cut. But we knew that was coming, right?  Amazon released a "short" list of cities it's considering for its second headquarters and although we made a good case (IMO), Spokane did not make the cut.  So who did make the cut?  The 20 potential cities include...

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Yakima approves emergency proclamation ahead of landslide

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:08:00 EST

YAKIMA, Wash. - A city in central Washington state issued an emergency proclamation in response to a mass of rock and soil crawling down a ridge that officials say could turn into a landslide. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution for city officials to request state or federal assistance should the city require help in responding to the effects of about 4 million cubic yards.

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Discussing mental health in the wake of tragedy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:14:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The WSU community is trying to come to terms with the death of one of their own, Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Now the question so many people are asking is why. While that answer won't be cut and dry, but what is clear is that there are always lifelines available and that you are not alone.

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What you should do if you have the flu

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:32:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

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UPDATE: Man turns himself in to Adams County Jail

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:15:00 EST

ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for 32-year-old Jonny Nava.  Nava is wanted and suspected of several charges stemming from an incident Tuesday evening. According to deputies, the incident involves the unlawful discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and other driving offenses. Nava also has several outstanding warrants for 

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Police: Yakima man sets house on fire; blames it on brother's decade-old fart prank

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:55:00 EST

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima Police say a man burnt down his parents' home Tuesday because of a prank his brother pulled on him over a decade ago.  According to KIMA, 29-year-old Joel Cruz was home alone, and got angry because of a time his brother farted in his face nearly 10 years ago.  That's when police say Cruz put a pot of vegetable oil on the stove, turned it on high, and ran out of the home.  KIMA says that Cruz told officers he heard 

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Police: Man stabs himself in the neck while running through Moses Lake Walmart

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:43:00 EST

A man reportedly stabbed himself in the neck at the Moses Lake Walmart Tuesday morning. According to iFIBER One News, Moses Lake police were called the store on North Stratford Road for reports of a distraught 26-year-old man. Employees told officers that the man was yelling that his family was being murdered. When police arrived to the store, the man began running through the aisles with a large kitchen knife in hand. Police tell iFIBER One that eventually the man began stabbing hi...

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VA Medical Center in Spokane plans to return to 24-hour emergency care

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearly 30 years after serving in the Gulf War, 61-year-old Lee LeTeff is fighting a different battle: She wants better access to health care. “My back, my neck, my hips, my knees, my ankles, my elbows, and my wrist,” said LeTeff. “Every joint hurt if I move it past a certain point.” LeTeff is one of the countless veterans whose health needs require care from a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

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Neighbors on the South Hill warn of coyotes in the area

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:51:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Neighbors on the South Hill are warning each other to keep an eye on their pets after hearing coyotes howling on their street. One neighbor snapped these photos near 53rd and Crestline of some prints they found on their property. She says the prints went up to her doorstep and then eventually met up with another set of prints. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the most important thing to do is don’t approach a coyote if you see them. They say there...

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Former Coug Drew Bledsoe urges discussion of mental health

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:48:00 EST

Following the unexpected death of Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski on Wednesday, the Cougar community continues to mourn the loss and look for ways to prevent tragedy in the future. In an emotional post to his Instagram on Wednesday, former NFL quarterback and WSU alum, Drew Bledsoe told followers that talking about your struggles is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

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Tukwila man charged with killing cousin, putting remains in suitcase

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:27:00 EST

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old Tukwila man has been charged with murder after his cousin's remains were found in a suitcase outside a Tukwila apartment complex on Jan. 11. The SeattlePI reports Rosalio Ramos-Ramos was charged Wednesday in the death of Pedro Venegas-Ramos. The brother of Rosalio Ramos-Ramos called 911 before the remains were discovered, claiming his brother was suffering mental health difficulties and may have killed someone.

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WSU police urge those struggling to get help before it's too late

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:26:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - Law enforcement on the Palouse said Wednesday suicide may be more common than many believe on college campuses. They said they hope the tragedy at Washington State University will motivate others to seek help. "There are people who are always there, willing to be there and talk to someone" said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins.

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Car crashes into two Spokane businesses

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:23:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Employees at two Spokane businesses were trapped Wednesday afternoon after a car drove through the front doors. The crash happened at a professional building on N. Division St. and Magnesium Rd., shortly after 1:30 p.m. Investigators say the driver was parked in front of the building and thought she put her car in reverse, but when she tried to back up she drove through the glass doors. 

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Dog recovering after falling through icy water in Sandpoint

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:10:00 EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho - A dog is recovering after she fell through the ice on Chuck Slough in Sandpoint. Rescuers with Selkirk Fire and Rescue retrieved the retriever, and the kayaker who went out on the ice to save her and got stuck. on Monday. The 2-year-old golden retriever named Bailey is calm now, but it happened in a matter of minutes. 

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House passes bill aimed at lowering gender wage gap

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:13:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington House passed a measure that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women and provide equal growth opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace. The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on a bipartisan 69-28 vote Wednesday. The bill has passed the House in previous years but always died in the Senate, which was controlled by Republicans for the past five years. Democrats regained control of the chamber in November. Ho...

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WATCH: Oregon fisherman sues after insane boat crash caught on camera

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:12:00 EST

CLATSOP COUNTY, Ore. - A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the Columbia river last summer, right before another boat crashed into his, is suing the other boat driver for $372,000. The Oregonian reports that the Clatsop County sheriff's office accused Marlin Lee Larson of several crimes after the boater told investigators he couldn't see where he was driving because the dash of his boat was blocking his view when he was sitting down.

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N. Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force needs your help finding this man

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:08:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are asking for the public's help locating Everett William Scovel. He is being sought on charges for Resisting, Obstructing and Eluding on original charges of assaulting a Peace Officer. This warrant has a full United States extradition. Scovel, 40, is a 6'01, 175 lb man with hazel eyes and brown hair. Scovel was last known to be living in Post Falls, Idaho. 

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Teen charged in Idaho shooting death pleads guilty

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:55:00 EST

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Washington state teen has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of man during a camping trip in northern Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reports 17-year-old Keagan Tennant on Tuesday also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, principal to destruction, concealment of evidence and robbery after reaching an agreement with Latah County prosecutors. The Pullman teen was arrested in July and charged for the death of 18-year...

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Procession, memorial held to honor slain deputy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:33:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Crowds lined streets and filled an auditorium to honor a Washington state sheriff's deputy who was slain during a home invasion.    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says about 1,500 law enforcement personnel and 650 patrol vehicles participated in a procession to the Wednesday memorial for Deputy Daniel McCartney at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

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Bump stock ban passes Washington state legislative committee

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:27:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state Senate panel 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 Spokesman-Review reports the Law and Justice Committee approved the bill after rejecting a Republican bid to allow them to be sold if the purchaser passes a federal firearms background check.

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3 steps to a better budget (sponsored)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:30:00 EST

Taking better control of your financial future this year starts with going back to the basics, and creating or adjusting your budget to fit your life. First, figure out where you are right now. Use a spending diary to track your expenses for a month or two, looking for patterns and keeping an eye out for purchases that aren’t necessary or that you could have saved up for instead of financing. Second, you should set your financial goals for the short (one year), medium (one to ...

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Disabled family says they're trapped at home after only car stolen

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane family is left disabled and distressed after someone took off with their only mode of transportation early Tuesday morning. It happened in north Spokane off N. Maple. Gayle Session and Jack Fruin are both disabled and say multiple people depend on that car to get to appointments.

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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, January 16th

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:31:00 EST

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

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Coug nation reacts to death of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:36:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University community and Coug fans everywhere continue to mourn after news broke that 21-year-old quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Friends, fans and family took to social media with the hashtag #RIP3 to discuss the loss of a special young man and a talented athlete.

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One person arrested in Moses Lake park shooting

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:01:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Moses Lake Police say an arrest has been made following a shooting Sunday night near Montlake Park. A male victim was taken by private vehicle to Samaritan Hospital just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to the chest. He remains in serious condition.  Police say the victim was contacted prior to the shooting and told to meet near Montlake Park, where a gunman opened fire.

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Brother of Spokane Valley man who drove into Hayden Lake speaks

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:59:00 EST

HAYDEN, Idaho - He was a brother, son, father and loved by many. 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster lost his life tragically after crashing his car into Hayden Lake over the weekend. Now his family wants his memory to live on. Chris' brother, Dustin, say Chris had just gotten a new IT job on Friday. Now he leaves behind two sons.

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Potholes damage your car? You can file a claim but you probably won’t collect

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:21:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Brenna Meredith described the feeling like being in a car accident. “I couldn’t avoid it and my car just thumped on the ground,” said Meredith. “And I was like oh my gosh that’s not good.” Meredith wasn’t in a car accident, she ran over a massive pothole on Regal St. near 57th Ave. “I broke my rim, I broke a piece of my bumper off, all the air was instantly gone out of my tire,” 

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Brother of murder victim asks Spokane area to keep an eye out

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:37:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The family of a Denver murder victim is urging those in the Spokane area to keep an eye out since authorities say the suspect could be here.  Jacob Reed spoke with KHQ over video from Iowa about his brother Joshua. His brother was killed on January 4 in Denver, and Denver police say the suspect is Deven Tomasso. Reed says his brother and Tomasso were friends, which makes this whole thing even more confusing. Reed says his brother was a leader, a poet, and a fathe...

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Businesses join support for Washington carbon tax measure

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:37:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Corp., REI, environmental groups and others are backing efforts by Gov. Jay Inslee to tax fossil fuel emissions to fight climate change.    Inslee has proposed a new tax of $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions that would start in 2019 and increase annually by 3.5 percent over inflation.

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Court docs: Sex offender arrested for Spokane Valley rape was released from jail two days earlier

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:14:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Court documents released Tuesday are offering more details about an early morning assault that happened at a Spokane Valley gas station early Saturday morning. Registered sex offender Michael Rush was arrested at the gas station near Trent and Vista. Responding deputies saw Rush leaving the gas station bathroom, where a woman in her early 40s was found partially undressed.

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K9 Bane helps arrest uncooperative, armed passenger during traffic stop

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:20:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - During a traffic stop on Sunday night, deputies and K9 Bane worked together to arrest an uncooperative passenger during a stop for a minor traffic violation. Around 8:45 p.m., Deputy Krystal Bitzer noticed a red Chevy Cavalier didn't use its turn signal as it turned south on S. Thomas Mallen Rd. from W. 57th Ave.

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Business group asks Congress for protection for marijuana

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:02:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - A group representing marijuana business owners in the West is urging Congress to include language in a government spending bill that would protect pot operations.    The Western Regional Cannabis Business Alliance said Tuesday it is asking for legislative protection after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' signaled a tougher approach to federal pot enforcement.

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Spokane fire crews extinguish early morning kitchen fire

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters responded to a kitchen fire in a basement apartment early Tuesday morning. Crews were called to the 1000 block of E. Dalton Ave. around 5 a.m. Two people were home at the time of the fire and escaped without any injuries. Due to a quick response and aggressive attack, firefighters were able to put the fire out within minutes.

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National Geographic Travel names Spokane one of the best small cities in the U.S.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:27:00 EST

National Geographic Traveler named Spokane in their list of 29 "Cities on the Rise." They drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities rank highest in a variety of fun categories including green spaces, coffee shops, live music, and even Instagrammable moments. The list includes Honolulu, Hawaii, Boulder, Colorado, and Olympia, Washington.

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Plan to close Idaho health coverage gap moves forward

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:21:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to reduce Idaho's health coverage gap.    A house committee introduced legislation on Monday that would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act.

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State attorneys general sue to block net-neutrality repeal

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:19:00 EST

NEW YORK (AP) - A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules. These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules.

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Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:33:00 EST

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - A 93-year-old former heart surgeon with three decades of experience with the Mormon church's top leadership panel has been officially named the faith's president. High-ranking Mormon D. Todd Christofferson announced the selection of Russell M. Nelson as president Tuesday in an address from Salt Lake City that broadcast to Mormons around the world. 

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Spokane Valley firefighters meet someone they saved using pit crew CPR

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:29:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Everyday, firefighters respond to many different calls. But it’s not everyday that they get to reunite with the people they help. On Sunday, Matt Kovich, a firefighter with Spokane Valley Fire Department, was at a fundraiser for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The event takes place in March and raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While there, Matt met someone who had a story he didn’t expect to hear. “We normally don't get to...

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Spokane man uses acts of kindness to bring change

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:14:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A lot of people say they want to make the world a better place, but Sather Gowdy is letting his actions speak for themselves. Gowdy has performed an act of kindness for someone every day for the last 90 days. “To say I’m going to step up and make a little difference for the person who lives next door to me, the person down the street,” said Gowdy. “I think if everyone did that we can go pretty far.” 

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Thousands attend MLK Day March in Spokane

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:44:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Spokane Monday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to Executive Director of the MLK Family Outreach Center, Freda Gandy, 3,100 people attended the annual march. “You use and exercise your rights and your time and talents to bring about change,” said Gandy. 

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Wal-Mart apologizes for labeling professor toilet cleaner

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:23:00 EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Wal-Mart manager has apologized to a Montana State University professor who says an employee at the store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a toilet cleaner.    The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the apology comes as part of a settlement of a complaint Gilbert Kalonde filed with the Montana Human Rights Bureau after an employee wrote "clean toilets" on the fishing license in 2015.

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Police confront man accused of spreading racist fliers, CDs across Sandpoint

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:02:00 EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho - It's a story we've covered multiple times in the past year: A string of hateful fliers circulating, not only through North Idaho, but across the country. Now police in Sandpoint, Idaho, and West Virginia say they have found the man behind them. In a video from the Sandpoint Police Department, officers confront Scott Rhodes about allegedly placing audio CDs on cars at Sandpoint High School.

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Intoxicated driver ditches stolen car after crashing into 6 vehicles downtown

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to downtown Spokane Monday afternoon for a reported crash. The crash involved several vehicles and a drunk man taking off on foot, leaving his stolen vehicle behind. It happened around 1 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Main and Lincoln for a crash. As officers started to arrive in the area, they learned that the man who caused the crash was leaving the scene on foot.

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64 degrees at SeaTac ties record high for January

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:02:00 EST

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Officials say the temperature in SeaTac Monday has tied a record for highest temperature in January.    The National Weather Service in Seattle said on Twitter that at 2 p.m. Monday, it was 64 degrees at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.    The weather service says that ties the record high for the month of January.

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Rescuers save kayaker, dog from ice in Sandpoint

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:48:00 EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Fire crews with Selkirk Fire and Rescue responded to an ice rescue call at Chuck Slough in Sandpoint Monday afternoon. Firefighters say a dog fell through the ice and a good Samaritan was in the process of trying to rescue the dog with a kayak. When crews arrived the kayaker was holding the dog up by its caller to keep it from drowning, but was unable to lift the dog into the kayak without tipping over.

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Two injured in late night motorhome fire

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:19:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters report two people were taken to area hospitals after a mobile home fire Sunday night. Just before midnight, multiple units from Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a burning motorhome in the alley behind 1424 W. Maxwell Ave. The fire was quickly extinguished and fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading. 

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Spike in Nez Perce County overdose deaths

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:25:00 EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say thirteen people died of a drug overdose in Nez Perce County in northern Idaho, at least double the number of any single year in the past nine years.    The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the county coroner's office compiled the figures, finding that overdose deaths spiked last year compared to the three overdose deaths recorded in 2016.

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Senate committee hears testimony on gun control bills

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:15:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A couple who survived last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas were among those asking a Senate panel to pass a slate of gun control bills that include measures to prohibit high capacity magazines and to ban so-called bump stocks, trigger modification devices designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm.

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Washington won't release driver's license info without order

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:08:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Licensing says it will no longer release personal information to federal immigration authorities without a court order unless required by law. The agency announced the change Monday following a report in The Seattle Times last week that showed the Department of Licensing was handing over personal information to federal authorities 20 to 30 times a month. 

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Polson postal carriers arrested for trafficking meth on their routes

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:52:00 EST

POLSON, Mont- Montana authorities have arrested two U.S. Postal Service carriers on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine on their mail routes. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says 62-year-old Anthony Friscia and 47-year-old Mary Friscia were booked on charges of felony intent to distribute the drug.

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Convicted sex offender accused in Spokane Valley rape was there to turn in scratch tickets

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:55:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- The level three sex offender accused of a brutally raping a Spokane Valley Cenex Zip Trip clerk, told KHQ he went to the gas station to cash in some lottery tickets. From behind bars, he also said used meth shortly before his arrest and doesn't remember several hours from early Saturday. 

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Celebrate MLK Day in downtown Spokane with a Rally and Unity March

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:33:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- The City of Spokane hopes you can join them in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 15.  The day starts Monday morning at 10am with a Rally at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Famed opera singer from Spokane celebrates 100th birthday

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- It's not every day that you get to wish someone a Happy 100th Birthday!  Famed opera singer Eleanore Skok celebrated the birthday milestone Sunday with her entire family in Spokane.  Skok grew up in the area, then studied at The Juilliard School. 

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Woman searching for driver who hit her parked car downtown

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:30:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - One woman is frustrated and angry after returning to her parked car and finding that it had been hit and she says no note was left. Danielle Collinson says her car was parked at a meter along Browne near Main in downtown Spokane Thursday morning. She went back to her car around 8 a.m. and saw that it had been sideswiped. “I noticed my tire was popped. It wasn't driveable and there was no information left,” she says. The side mirror and some other debris we...

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Neighbors on alert after finding suspicious footprints leading from house to house

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A South Hill neighborhood remains on edge after finding fresh footprints in the snow on Thursday. The reason why those prints are suspicious is because they led from house to house to house in the cul-de-sac they live on. Neighbors took photos of all the steps. They originally thought the prints might be from a meter reader. But first of all, none of the footprints led to the home’s meters and Avista told them none of their employees were or had been in the neig...

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Idaho governor offers limited support for residency plan

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:02:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is offering limited support for a 10-year plan that proponents say could increase the number of doctors practicing in the state.    Proponents of the $16.3 million plan to fund additional medical residencies say it will help pull Idaho out of its 49th-in-the-nation ranking for the number of physicians per 100,000 residents.

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2 people hospitalized after car slides off road, down embankment near Reardan

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:12:00 EST

REARDAN, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports two people were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Sunday morning after the car they were in slid on an icy road and down a 100-foot embankment about five miles north of Reardan in Lincoln County.

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Bellingham city officials settle excessive force lawsuit

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:26:00 EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Officials in the western Washington city of Bellingham have agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that two police officers used excessive force during a 2015 arrest. 

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Corrections officer, wife charged with luring teen for sex

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:11:00 EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. - An Oregon corrections officer and his wife, a teacher, have been charged with crimes after prosecutors say they tried to lure a teen girl into a sexual relationship.

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Officials say salvaging roadkill makes a lot of sense

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Idaho and Washington have passed laws allowing people to salvage roadkill, provided they fill out a short form with the state wildlife agency to get a permit.    The Spokesman-Review reports Washington's law, which took effect July 1, 2016, allows for deer and elk only. Between then and the end of 2017, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says 3,099 animals were salvaged off Washington roads.

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Spokane fire department helps woman save roommate with CPR

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:43:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Fire Department says a woman with no medical experience helped save her roommate early Saturday morning by getting instructions on how to perform CPR over the phone from the Spokane Fire Department. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says they received a call from a woman who was in her bedroom when she heard her roommate fall in the living room.

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Stevens County fire crews respond to serious head-on crash

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:47:00 EST

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.- Fire crews in Stevens County are on scene of a head on crash north of Deer Park on Highway 395 at Williams Valley Road. Emergency crews say there were seven people involved in three cars. Two patients were transported with critical injuries and another with serious injuries. Washington State Patrol is on scene and the highway will be closed for the next several hours. 

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Deputies arrest registered sex offender in Spokane Valley gas station assault

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:01:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley deputies responding to an alarm at the Cenex Zip Trip gas station near Trent and Vista arrested 36-year-old Michael D. Rush who was still inside the store. Deputies say the clerk had been viciously beaten and sexually assaulted. She was found inside the bathroom of the store.

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Second arrest made in shooting death of former Spokane Empire player

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:58:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say a second person has been arrested in the shooting death of former Spokane Empire player Carl Sims.  Just before 1:00 a.m. on October 8th, an argument broke out outside businesses in the area of Sprague Avenue and Washington Street. During the confrontation a man displayed a knife, another grabbed a handgun and fired a shot. Sims was struck by the bullet.

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S. Idaho school district sued after reported student rape

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:56:00 EST

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old girl has filed a federal lawsuit against a south-central Idaho school district that says school officials told the girl she couldn't remain at the school after she was violently raped by an older student in a computer lab.

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Police: Bar employee kills patron who opened fire in lot

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:15:00 EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in western Washington state say they're investigating after a bar patron opened fire in the parking lot Saturday morning and injured a man before being shot and killed by a bar employee. 

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Polson mail carriers arrested for suspected meth trafficking

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:45:00 EST

POLSON, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have arrested two U.S. Postal Service carriers on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine on their mail routes.    Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says 62-year-old Anthony Friscia and 47-year-old Mary Friscia were booked on charges of felony intent to distribute the drug.

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Pet raccoon can't go home, Washington state judge rules

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:37:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - A western Washington state court judge has rejected a family's request to return their pet raccoon named Mae.    Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy on Friday ruled that Mae must remain in the possession of state wildlife officials until the court can address the merits of the family's lawsuit against the state.

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Spokane Valley man killed after driving into Hayden Lake

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:17:00 EST

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate Saturday after a car crashed into Hayden Lake with two people inside. Both were taken to the hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead. Deputies received a call that a car was sinking at the Honeysuckle Boat Launch on Hayden Lake around 2:30 a.m.

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Police fatally shoot man near Puyallup Recreation Center

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:25:00 EST

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man who fired shots at police is dead after seven officers returned fire in an incident near the Puyallup Recreation Center.  The News Tribune reports police were dispatched to the area at 4 p.m. Friday on a report of a man acting erratically. Puyallup police spokesman Scott Engle says the man left his car and ran behind the center, taking a defensive position behind a utility pole. Engle says officers unsuccessfully attem...

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Spokane school bus almost slides into vehicle full of kids

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Scary video taken Thursday near Hatch Rd, just south of 57th Ave., shows a Spokane School bus sliding toward a vehicle full of kids. The driver of this vehicle was pinned between a line of cars and the guardrail, so there was nowhere to go. The bus driver eventually got out, put chains on, and was able to drive away. No one was hurt and the driver was not the one recording this video. 

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How to increase your odds of survival in the wilderness

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:47:00 EST

NORTH IDAHO - A Rathdrum man survives a night alone in the frigid wilderness. He was found miles from where he vanished; cold, exhausted, but alive. What if you were stranded with no way to call for help? The sheriff's office says they encourage people to take advantage of what nature has to offer, but that comes with risks. Deputies say people should carry some from of a g-p-s device. In the mountains of north Idaho, beauty surrounds with it’s snow capped trees and hills.

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