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Police deadly force bill dies in committee

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:32:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill that would have lowered the bar for prosecuting police who use deadly force has died in committee after failing to get a vote before Friday's deadline. But a proponent in the House says the issue is still alive this legislative session.

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Report: Washington's most common crime shouldn't be one

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:15:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - A new report from the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the most commonly charged crime in Washington state shouldn't be a crime at all. The ACLU of Washington report says taxpayers spend tens of millions of dollars a year prosecuting cases of third-degree driving with a suspended license, convicting people nearly 900,000 times since the Legislature made it a criminal offense in 1993. 

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Update: One lane opened after Kootenai County road wash out

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:35:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY - Road crews in Kootenai County continue to work to reopen a washed out road in Bayview, Idaho, that has been closed since Friday evening. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says a significant wash out closed East Cape Horn Road near East Buena Vista Lane Friday at around 7 p.m. Crews worked through the night Friday and the Lake Highway District was able to reopen a single lane of traffic to local residents Saturday morning.

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Fatal crash on I-90 near Pines

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:16:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal one car collision on westbound I-90 near Pines. The incident occurred Thursday evening. No word at this time as to the cause of the crash. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

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Spokane woman's car broken into at day care

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thirty seconds was all a crook needed to smash a Spokane woman's car window and steal her purse. The crime happened at the North Division Childrens Learning Center just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The owner of the car, Jennifer Fanto, says she parked her car, walked her 3-year-old daughter into the daycare, and by the time she came outside her car window was smashed and the thief wasn't in sight. "You don't expect 

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New pothole fix coming to Spokane

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:50:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - “We've heard many times from many people who have lived here a long time this is the worst potholes have ever been," said the new Spokane Street Director Gary Kaesemeyer in his first public appearance since taking the position. Street crews today were busy on Freya and Harston filling potholes a new way. "One of the new methods we are trying out is were actually using bridge deck replacement material in the streets," said Kaesemeyer.

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City of Spokane's mayor discusses pothole plan

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:34:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - City of Spokane Mayor David Condon held a meeting Thursday to discuss his game plan to fix the city’s pothole problem. "Because this has been an extraordinary year and even with our best efforts, there's still work to be done," said Mayor Condon. Everywhere you drive in Spokane it seems like potholes keep on popping up. “I don't feel like the roads are safe to drive on right now especially at night," said Kelly Strine.

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Spokane pot shop reacts to possible crackdown

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:30:00 EST

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crackdown on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Spicer said during a press briefing Thursday that the issue rests with the Justice Department but he says, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement of it." The news is a little nerve-racking for some local marijuana shops but for places like Satori North in Spokane, they say th...

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Spokane County K9 hangs up his leash

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:25:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday night, a member of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hanging up his uniform. In this case, that includes his leash. When Corporal Jeff Thurman goes out on patrol, K9 Laslo has been by his side -- but that's about to change. "He's retiring because I took a promotion in the agency," Thurman explained. "And the sheriff and commissioners agreed he could retire with me." Corporal 

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Spokane artist’s past as mysterious as the art he creates

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man is expressing himself in a way that he’s never been able to before.  21-year-old Eddie Kerr is a painter and it’s the unique process in which he paints that is grabbing people’s attention. The lines and designs displayed in Eddie’s work are created using Frisbees. .

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A pothole proof car? Ford introduces 'Pothole Mitigation' technology

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Potholes. Enough already, right?  Drivers have been dodging and swerving to avoid them for weeks now, but the tire and wheel victim count keeps on rising. It's 2017! We have cars that can brake themselves, park themselves and even drive themselves. But we don't have a car that can avoid monster potholes. Or do we?  

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Spokane man shoots pit bull in the head out of self-defense

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), tells KHQ that a Spokane man shot a pit bull in the head Wednesday morning after the dog attacked him. The dog named was euthanized on Thursday. According to SCRAPS, the dog had initially survived the gunshot wound, but his injuries became too severe and had to be euthanized. SCRAPS says the man saw his neighbor’s pit bull running loose, and was bit in the leg when he went to contact the dog’s owner

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Police deadly force bill dies in committee

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:54:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bill that would have lowered the bar for prosecuting police who use deadly force has died in committee after failing to get a vote before Friday's deadline. But a proponent in the House says the issue is still alive this legislative session. Senate Bill 5073, sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Frockt of Seattle, would have changed the existing statute that makes it almost impossible for prosecutors to criminally charge law-enforcement officers who wrongful...

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Idaho crews to use blue salt for next step in road clearing

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:40:00 EST

NORTH IDAHO - Drivers in North Idaho can expect to see blue salt on roadways as the ITD crews continue their road clearing battle.  As early as this weekend, maintenance crews will begin the next stage in the department's efforts to improve their road clearing efforts and public safety.  The blue salt is said to be less corrosive than traditional salt, and less is needed to achieve the same results.  According to Saltworx, the company that manufactures the blue salt

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Washington ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal pot

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:15:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal marijuana. Ferguson made the comments Thursday after White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested during a press briefing that President Donald Trump's administration might crack down on states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Ferguson, who also led the states in challenging Trump's executive order on immigration, not...

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Too few flushes get Pennsylvania legislative candidate thrown off ballot

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:25:00 EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Democratic candidate's run for the Pennsylvania Legislature is down the drain - partly because he used too little water at the house he claimed as his residence. A state judge on Thursday threw Frederick Ramirez off the ballot in the race for an open House seat in Philadelphia.

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New York man sentenced to prison for threats to presidents

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:09:00 EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A New York man who served time in prison for threatening then-President Barack Obama is heading back to prison for a threat against President Donald Trump. Federal prosecutors say 20-year-old Jared Brown was given a two-year sentence Friday for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

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WATCH LIVE @ 11: Mayor Condon's Pothole Plan

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mayor David Condon is holding a press conference at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Spokane's pothole problem.  You can watch the conference LIVE in the player inside, or on our Facebook page. 

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Idaho mother searching for her son's heartbeat

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:14:00 EST

NORTH IDAHO - A St. Maries mother's search to find her 17-month-old son's beating heart finally got a response but one that she didn't expect. Dacia Cheyney posted a picture of her and Maliki on social media back in October. She hoped it would help her find the parents of the child who received her little boy's heart. Maliki died after being taken off life support last August. The boy's step-father, Joseph Davis is going to trial in April, accused of the abuse that caused his death.

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Sprague man doesn't let the flooding phase him

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:37:00 EST

SPRAGUE, Wash. - Thursday evening flooding remains a concern in Sprague. Earlier, I into a man who lives in town whose house is threatened by the water, but he isn't letting that get to him.  Folks here in the small town of Sprague haven't seen anything like this in more than two decades. Wednesday the mayor declared a state of emergency and community members have spent the last couple of days preparing for the worst. Kevin 

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Polish parents fly 5,000 miles for the Zags

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:44:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - February 23rd is Fat Thursday in Poland and as a welcome gift to Spokane, we surprised Przemek Karnowski’s parents Bonifacy and Wieslawa Karnowski with donuts. The donuts looked different to what they are used to and the language was foreign, but one thing came across loud and clear, Gonzaga Basketball. Parents of Nationally ranked Zag number 24, Karnowski, basketball became our translator. “Basketball is not as popular in Poland as in the USA,”

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Renovations coming at cost to hockey teams

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. Practice is underway and the players and coaches of a local youth hockey team are sad they can't call this rink home anymore. Many people are excited about the renovations for the new Riverfront Park, but it’s a sad night for the Inland Empire Amateur Hockey Association. Thursday night marks the final ice hockey practice at the rink after 11 years of calling this barn home. During its time, it's graduated such greats as the Carolina Hurricanes' center Derek Ryan...

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Effectiveness of alternative schools

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A national investigation by ProPublica, an independent journalism organization, reveals that students at alternative schools have drastically lower graduation rates than their peers. The article asks the question of whether some alternative schools work or if some school officials are using them to “hide” problem kids. Their investigation showed that there were some problematic alternative schools in our area based on 

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Anti-refugee posters pop up in Spokane

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:20:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Shocking signs of hate and racism appeared around Monroe and Riverside Avenue between 7 and 8:30 Thursday morning. Ty Darrough, a passerby, says he is disgusted with the posters. "To post something that has negative connotation or a derogatory connotation it separates us," Darrough says. One of the poster's read, "refugees not welcomed" with a link to a website called the Daily Stormer. Another poster 

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Selling your home? How to increase the value and sell it faster

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. The housing market in Spokane is booming. Some home values are up 20 to 25 percent in just a year. According to the Spokane Association of REALTORS, home sales were up nearly eight percent in January. The average price is up nearly 10 percent, and inventory is down 25 percent. That means fewer homes are available which drives the prices up even further. It's a seller's market, but there's even more you can do to up the value of your home if you’re selling.

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Group of neighbors sue Rocket Market over outdoor concerts

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:21:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A group of neighbors on Spokane's South Hill say they are taking Rocket Market to court over events the business holds when it's warmer outside. "They direct their speakers from their concerts into the neighborhood here. It just disrupts the peace and quiet and enjoyment on their properties" said Jed Barden, Attorney at Barden & Barden. Neighbors say the 17-year-old outdoor concerts at Rocket Market are too much. The noise keeps children up at all hours,

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Housing market booming in Spokane

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Houses are selling at a rapid pace in Spokane, and there's a major reason why. Comparing numbers month-to-month, there were 25 percent fewer homes on the market this January compared to January 2016. In other words, there is a very small inventory of homes for sale. It's great news for sellers, who are experiencing an increase in property value as a result. According the Spokane Association of REALTORS, the 

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WSU’s Barber charged with assault for fight at party

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:58:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - A decision was made Thursday surrounding charges against former Washington State University football players for a fight that took place in July. The Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office says they have decided to charge former WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber with felony 2nd degree assault for allegedly knocking a man unconscious during a fight at a house party. Prosecutors say insufficient evidence has prompted their decision not

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to meet with Trump Monday

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:36:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is heading to Washington, D.C. for a gathering of the National Governors Association that will include a meeting with President Donald Trump. Inslee has been a vocal opponent of Trump and supported the lawsuit filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson that has led to a temporary halt of the president's travel ban aimed at immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Inslee left for D.C. Thursday a...

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PAML sold to North Carolina-based LabCorp

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:43:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - North Carolina-based LabCorp has purchased Spokane-based Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML). This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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White House: Justice may crack down on legalized marijuana

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:38:00 EST

WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Spicer says during a press briefing Thursday that the issue rests with the Justice Department. But he says, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement of it."

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Spokane County detectives charge 33-year-old woman with multiple counts of possessing child porn

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:30:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 33-year-old woman and charged her with possession of child porn.  The Sheriff's Office say the investigation began months ago after a detective received a tip from Internet Crimes Against Children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

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Spokane Valley fire destroys outbuilding, truck, boat and a lifetime collection of tools

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:20:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane Valley man and his wife lost an outbuilding, a brand new truck, and 70 years worth of tools in a fire on Thursday.  Firefighters arrived to the home in the 20000 block of East Micaview Drive at around 11:00 a.m. and found an outbuilding engulfed in flames. A neighbor was the one who initially saw the smoke and notified the owners. 

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Elson F. Floyd College of Medicine granted NWCCU accreditation

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:51:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mark another significant achievement down for Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.  WSU was granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for the doctor of medicine program that the College of Medicine will be offering.  

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Spokane constituents hold town hall meeting without congresswoman

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:25:00 EST

With no in person town hall meetings scheduled, folks decided to hold their own on Wednesday, with or without Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Around 100 people packed a conference room in the Spokane Public Library downtown Wednesday evening. They were hoping to speak with McMorris Rodgers, who was invited but was in Olympia.

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'Wheelman' keeps Spokane rolling through pothole season

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:56:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Reesen Tarr is best known around Spokane as the "Wheelman." Reesen and his brothers work together at the family business fixing bent, damaged and even cracked rims. “We dial it up on here this one is so bent and you can see that as it spins here,” said Reesen who described  part of the process. “My other three brothers that work here they do the refinishing, the powder coating which they do an excellent job on 

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Spokane ranks No. 4 on list of cities with most depressing winters

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Financial website recently compiled a list of 10 cities with the most depressing winters. Northwest cities rank highly, including Spokane, which broke the top 5.

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Northern Quest casino announces $20M expansion

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:10:00 EST

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Northern Quest announced a $20 million expansion Wednesday. They’re adding family-friendly entertainment and a RV resort. The family-friendly area will be called Kids Quest & Cyber Quest Arcade. The expansion will begin construction at the end of 2017. It will at 40,000 sq. ft. to the south side of the casino.

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Zags students race for the best seat in the house

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:41:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - “I am going to miss being a part of it and feeling that love,” Senior Rem Bakamus says as he gears up for his last game in the Kennel. “I have felt love from everyone and am very appreciative of what they have done for me,” Bakamus adds. A love that he says is bigger than basketball. “I am excited that my whole family gets to be there,” he says. But it is not just his family that is making a special effort to be there. At 

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Quick fix only option for Spokane's potholes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Potholes are everywhere and finding a road in Spokane that's pothole free well it seems impossible. Jessica Pugsley hit a pothole on her way to the Harlem Globetrotters game.  Her rim bent, tire flat, and her bumper scratched.  Last month, we spoke the street department about the issue.

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Why you might see a railroad crossing gate, but no train

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:53:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the past couple of weeks, KHQ has received multiple news tips about what appear to be malfunctioning railroad crossing guards. The first report was on Feb. 10 at East Mission Ave. and Rebecca St. Pictures sent to KHQ show a train rolling through the intersection, but the gate was up and the lights were not flashing.

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Detectives still searching for good Samaritan who may have helped a killer

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:03:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Major Crimes detectives are trying to find a good Samaritan who may have helped an accused killer handle critical evidence. They believe this person was simply trying to be helpful, and that it could have been any of us. They are hopeful the witness will come forward to give a murder victim's family some additional answers.

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Seattle mayor says Trump transgender move is 'bullying'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:08:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Seattle's mayor decried "the bullying coming from the White House" and criticized a move by the Trump administration to end federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. Ed Murray said in a statement that President Donald Trump is sending a message that he doesn't respect individual rights. Murray also said that by lifting the federal guidelines th...

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UPDATE: 911 outage ends in Moscow, Pullman, Palouse, Garfield and surrounding areas

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:12:00 EST

MOSCOW, Idaho - Update: Whitcom 9 1 1 advises that the fiber optic line that was cut impacting telephone communications in the Moscow, Pullman, Palouse and Garfield areas has been repaired and services have been restored. 

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Washington House passes education proposal

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:32:00 EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The House on Wednesday approved its education funding proposal, but majority Democrats haven't yet decided how to pay for the plan, which has a price tag of more than $7 billion over the next four years. The bill ultimately passed on a 50-47 party line vote after lawmakers had to redo the vote because two Republicans initially accidentally vote in favor.

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Spokane detectives searching for Good Samaritans who may have helped murder suspect

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Major Crime Detectives are attempting to identify a motorist who stopped to help another driver in December of 2015. That driver lost several five gallon buckets from the bed of his truck in the Hauser Lake or Post Falls area and is believed to be connected to the homicide investigation of Bret Snow.

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Looking to file a claim for pothole damage? Here's how

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:59:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's pothole season right now in Spokane and this year is particularly bad.  I grew up south of Spokane in the country and I've seen gravel roads in better condition than some of the streets in our town. Most of the potholes seem to be visible enough to where you can safely navigate them, but there are those tire-eaters that seem to come out of nowhere and live up to their name. 

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Coeur d'Alene woman finds mystery inside motorcycle book

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:03:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene woman shopping at a used bookstore found a mystery she wasn't bargaining for tucked inside one book's pages. During a shopping trip to one Coeur d'Alene used bookstore Naidene Boer saw something that caught her eye. It was a silver hardback book about the history of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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Pets rescued from Pullman apartment fire

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:28:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Pullman Fire Department reports a fire damaged two apartment units Tuesday evening at the Cougar Crest Apartments after a kitchen fire spread throughout one apartment and damaged a neighboring unit. Pullman firefighters, along with Whitman County Rural Fire District 12, responded around 7 p.m.

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Man hospitalized after being hit by a car near Cheney

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:59:00 EST

CHENEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating after a man was hit by a car Tuesday night about 3 miles east of Cheney. The crash happened at around 8:45 p.m. at Highway 904 and Jensen.

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Young child found cold, wet, soiled and locked out of Spokane apartment; Mother charged

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 28-year-old Spokane mother was booked on a charge of criminal mistreatment after witnesses say they found her passed out inside her home while her young child was locked outside in the rain.

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Congresswoman meets with Spokane NAACP

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers spent some time with local leaders while she was in Spokane. Phil Tyler, president of Spokane NAACP, says Cathy McMorris Rodgers reached out to him after she heard about the racist graffiti at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center a few months ago.

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McMorris Rodgers' telephone town hall marred by technical issues

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Cathy McMorris Rodgers was back in Spokane and many were looking forward to hearing from her during a telephone town hall. There were a few glitches that made that a little difficult. Karen Cannon was one who was able to get onto the call no problem, but some of her friends got the wrong pin and couldn’t access the telephone town hall.

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Costs of Spokane's potholes adding up

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:23:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane's streets are crumbling, and many people want to know where's the money to fix these streets? "We budget, obviously, for an average year pothole repair so there is money in that budget," said City of Spokane Spokeswoman Marlene Feist.

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Confusing car registration fee raises questions

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:06:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s not cheap to register your car. And if you saw a $20 charge for something, but had not idea what it was for wouldn’t you want to know why? That’s what happened when a viewer sent us a news tip Tuesday. The woman sent us a picture of her vehicle registration with all the listed charges. One of the fees read $20.00 T.B.D.

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Hypermiling: How to save a lot of money at the pump

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:58:00 EST

You may not notice, but gas prices in the Inland Northwest are up a dollar year-to-date. According to the average price of a gallon of gas in Spokane is $2.67. With summer travel quickly creeping up on us, we thought it would be a good idea to help you stop feeling so much pain at the pump using a driving technique called “hypermiling.”

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Seattle mayor may sue Trump over immigration information

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:57:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to know exactly what President Donald Trump has planned for cities like Seattle that vow to resist federal immigration enforcement actions.

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6 Questions with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:45:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers was elected to her 6th term in Congress in November. She's one of the highest ranking republican women in congress. On Tuesday, Dan Kleckner sat down with the Congresswoman for a special 6 Questions. Among the topics they discussed was immigration, healthcare, Russia and caring for our veterans.

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Court docs: Coulee City teen says brother 'walked into' knife that killed him

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:22:00 EST

COULEE CITY, Wash. - Court documents released Tuesday are offering more details about a deadly stabbing in Coulee City that left a 17-year-old boy dead and his twin brother in custody for manslaughter. According to the court documents, it all started as an argument between the two brothers, Shawn and Shane Wachter.

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Pothole Palooza: Spokane drivers cracking under the strain

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Potholes have started to become unavoidable in Spokane and can be your vehicles worse enemy. Frank Burns who is a manager at Les Schwab Tire Centers on North Division said that these potholes can "destroy a tire; they can destroy a wheel, they can bend suspension parts, and just make life miserable." Vehicles small to large have become victims. An suv fell prey to a pothole causing hundreds of dollars in wheel and suspension damage.

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UPDATE: Missing/Endangered Spokane woman found safe

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Spokane Police say LuAnn Jensen has been found safe. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word. 

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Conn. Police: Look out for escaped cattle selling dairy products door to door

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:02:00 EST

SUFFIELD, Conn. - Farm to table, indeed.  Police in Connecticut had a little fun while responding to a call on Sunday.  "Early this morning, officers responded to a complaint of 2 suspicious males going door to door trying to sell dairy products," Suffield Police posted on Facebook. "Officers determined that the 2 individuals did not have a solicitors (sic) permit and were apprehended after a short foot pursuit." 

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers holds telephone town hall in Spokane

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:41:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is trying to answer questions from her constituents who have been voicing concerns all day on Monday. She returned to Spokane on Monday and made her first stop at World Relief. She met with people to address the latest controversies about immigration and refugees. While she wouldn't let our cameras into the meeting, she said this was something she always aims to do.

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Neighbors worried as water threatens Spokane County road

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:11:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - It's now day five of a State of Emergency in Spokane County. The rain is causing so much damage, it's splitting roads in half, becoming a problem for some neighbors. "It's real bad. I've never seen anything like this before," said Steve Asher, who lives off of Elder Road in Spokane County, that's partially closed.

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Some Spokane residents concerned about congresswoman's accessibility

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:12:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Many in Spokane have been asking the newsroom “Where is Cathy McMorris Rodgers?” During this congressional recess, she made her way back to the Inland Northwest. Over the weekend, she was in Walla Walla and Monday, she came to Spokane. She met with a number of people, talking about housing for those who are disabled, health care, and transportation.

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Spokane refugees react to President Trump's revised immigration order

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:08:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - President Donald Trump's revised executive order on immigration is expected to be released on Tuesday. It still puts a halt on people traveling from the same seven Muslim-majority countries as the last one, but the biggest changes seem to be what sparked a lot of controversy and confusion with the first travel ban.

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Training teaching new Spokane deputies how to talk to strangers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:45:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - With a lot of recent attention on officer involved shootings and in some cases the shooting of police, it's easy to forget the majority of what law enforcement does is talk to people. In an age where social media dominates the way we communicate, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is leading the way with a brand new training aimed at teaching new recruits how to talk to people.

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Can you make it from Spokane's South Hill to downtown without hitting a pothole?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:17:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane potholes have reached a whole new level this year. There is even a Facebook group dedicated to them. We decided to test and see if we can make it from South Hill to downtown without hitting a single one. First up is High Drive from 29th Ave. A beautiful scenic view to our left, and potholes to our right.

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Potholes prompt Spokane tire business boom

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jeremy Dierks owns Perfection Tire and Auto Repair and it’s safe to say business is good. “Mother Nature has helped us out a lot,” he says. But Dierks says that isn’t necessarily a good thing. “This winter has been exceptional to say the least. I think our pothole conditions are worse I’ve seen in 20 years in the tire business and 42 years of living in Spokane,” Dierks says.

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K9 Laslo takes down convicted felon in possession of a gun and meth

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:28:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A convicted felon in possession of a handgun and meth was arrested after a pursuit early Monday morning in Spokane Valley.  Corporal Jeff Thurman spotted a stolen Jeep traveling west on I-90 near Havana just after 4:00 a.m. Corporal Thurman followed the Jeep and waited for backup, but the driver, identified as 42-year-old Thomas E. Lenocker, sped away. 

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Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:25:00 EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.      The Tri-City Herald reports that early Saturday, more than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location to lay the remains of the man they call the Ancient One to rest.

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Washington teacher on leave over offensive Facebook post

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:04:00 EST

An elementary school teacher in southern Washington state has been placed on administrative leave after a Facebook post encouraging the deportation of people she referred to as "illegal aliens." The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Prosser School District said the post prompted several phone calls and visits from concerned parents.

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KHQuiz: Presidents Day trivia

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Today is President's Day, and a lot of focus lately has been placed on those who are trying to become President this fall, but let's take a moment to reminisce about those who have already served as Commander in Chief. 

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Woman thankful to be alive after crash near Colfax

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:37:00 EST

COLFAX, Wash. - It’s been a wet last few days in the Inland Northwest and it’s caused quite a few problems. One woman hit some black ice on Monday, and wrecked her car, along SR 26 a few miles out of Colfax. “It was like I catapulted right into the hillside,” says Maria Libby.

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Evacuated Springdale family returns home after flooding

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:51:00 EST

SPRINGDALE, Wash. - It seems like round two of the rain is about to hit, but some families are still dealing with the effects of round one. Families in Springdale were trapped in their own homes Friday after snowmelt and rain flooded the roads. But on Sunday, most of that water had gone back into the creek. Donald Haynes is one of the ones who actually evacuated as the water quickly rose.

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Teen dead, twin brother in custody for Coulee City stabbing

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:16:00 EST

COULEE CITY, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports a 17-year-old boy is dead and his twin brother is in custody after an early morning stabbing in Coulee City. Deputies were called around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 300 block of West Washington Street. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where was pronounced dead.

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Coast Guard rescues kayaker ejected from boat

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:36:00 EST

HAMMOND, Ore. (AP) - The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who fell out of his boat while paddling toward the Columbia River near Hammond, Oregon.  Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report of a man in the water Sunday. Dispatch reported that the man struck pilings and was ejected from his kayak.

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Crews work to reopen roads in Spokane County as State of Emergency continues

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:23:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Public Works reports a few roads have reopened around Spokane County on Sunday, but several remain closed. Here is the current list of openings, closures and watch areas as of Sunday afternoon. The State of Emergency continues and with more precipitation in the forecast, Public Works staff remains on-call.

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Official: Tribal gaming ban bill could cause legal problems

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:58:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An attorney general's legal review of legislation seeking to ban lucrative video gaming at tribal casinos in Idaho says the measure could spark multiple legal headaches for the state and has holes in its language.      House Assistant Minority Leader Ilana Rubel of Boise requested Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office review HB 127 earlier this week.

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County methadone program widens amid rise in heroin deaths

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:49:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington county's program expansion gives more people access to methadone while they work toward overcoming addictions to heroin and opiates.      The Spokesman-Review reports Spokane County commissioners decided in January to add 142 spots for Medicaid patients.

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Police investigating after patrol car hits pedestrians

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:38:00 EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Vancouver Police Department's traffic unit is investigating an accident involving a patrol car and two pedestrians.      Police responded to a traffic collision on Saturday at the intersection of Evergreen Boulevard and Columbia Street.

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Spokane pothole plague continues to cost drivers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - For many drivers in Spokane the pothole plague continues to hurt drivers. One of those drivers was Michele Slider. "It was really quite one of the worst experiences driving in Spokane," Michele said. After hitting the pothole Michele had a problem. "All of a sudden we lost control of the car." Michele said. 

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Zags fever in full effect in Spokane

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:43:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Zags fans couldn't wait to see their No. 1 ranked Bulldogs take on the Pacific Tigers. "Everyone is just over the moon" said Allison Martin who has a son attending Gonzaga," Allison Martin said. Students Pablo and Kevin have Zags basketball fever and couldn't wait to watch the number one team in the nation.

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Missing Oregon couple found safe after stuck on icy road

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:59:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Oregon couple reported missing after they didn't show up at a relative's home as planned have been found.      The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says search and rescue crews found the two in good condition inside their car Saturday morning. They had spent the night in their SUV after getting stuck on an ice-covered driveway.

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Prosecutor: Sniper justified in shooting man who killed cop

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:51:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County prosecutor says a sheriff's sniper was justified in shooting a man who used his two children as human shields and earlier killed a Tacoma police officer.  Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says Deputy Bob Shaw "prevented further loss of life" when he shot and killed Bruce Johnson on Dec. 1.

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Public Works crews working the weekend with more rain expected

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:24:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Flooding and washouts have caused a number of road closures across Spokane County, and with more rain expected in the forecast, Public Works crews and staff remain on call to handle any additional closures. On Saturday the Public Works Department reported two new road closures due to washouts, while two other washed out roads have reopened since Friday.

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Montana officials alarmed by rise in meth use

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:52:00 EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Panelists at a drug summit convened by the Montana Legislature say state resources are being strained because of an increase in methamphetamine use.  Law enforcement officials say meth use in Montana continues to rise. Meanwhile, authorities are bracing for a rise in heroin use as the drug further encroaches into the rural state.

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Pedestrian killed on I-84 in Caldwell

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:33:00 EST

CALDWELL, Idaho -  Idaho State Police say a 44-year-old Yakima man was killed Friday night on Interstate 84 in Caldwell. Police were called to investigate at around 9 p.m. at the 27 off ramp for Centennial Road in Caldwell. Officers say 27-year-old Gonzalo Vasquez of Caldwell was headed eastbound in a 2006 Ford F350 when 44-year-old David Trefren of Yakima walked into the road.

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Judge rules new state charter school law is constitutional

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:54:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state's charter school law didn't demonstrate that charter schools are unconstitutional.  The Seattle Times reports  the judge made the ruling Friday on a law enacted last spring after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one.

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Voluntary evacuations asked in California town

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:50:00 EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people. The storm also affected areas farther north that have been lashed by rain for days.

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Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho; officials urge vaccination

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:21:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Flu deaths are on the rise in Idaho, and state health officials are warning residents to get vaccinated and take other precautions against influenza. Idaho's state flu surveillance coordinator, Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, says so far this season 47 flu-related deaths have been reported. That makes this year the most severe flu season since 2000.

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Hometown Hero hits close to home, saving one of KHQ’s own

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:09:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - This week’s Hometown Hero hits close to home for KHQ. We had an emergency at our station, almost losing one of our coworkers. Another coworker, along with a dispatcher, stepped in and saved the day- and literally saved a life. “Sylvia, my coworker, had been sick most of the week. Just not feeling well. She thought she had a pinch in her back but it was a pinched rib,” said Polly Devoignes.  

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Crews may look to FEMA for flooding help

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:04:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County is in the midst of a serious issue after they declared a state of emergency with floodwaters rushing into neighborhoods and burying cars underwater. But what exactly does a state of emergency mean? It gives the county the chance to ask for federal dollars to help pay for some of the damage. It also helps the county to hire contractors and get the roads fixed faster. County crews say they are stretched thin but so far, they are able to handle it.

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Spokane man to host town hall for congresswoman

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:00 EST

“When I created the event I thought 30 of my good friends would show, but now there are 30 people attending on Facebook and over 100 people saying they are interested,” host Samuel Nehemiah Smith says. The space has been rented, the time is set, and the invitations have been sent. Smith says he is just waiting for one special RSVP from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Who: The people of Spokane invite Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers What: “I am hosting...

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Spokane County crews stretched thin monitoring flooding

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:44:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - It's the 2017 melt off where some neighborhoods are now underwater, and streams and creeks have over run their banks. Spokane County says crews are stretched thin. They have everyone working right now, even people who are normally on the desk. If you have other worries like potholes, that's going to have to wait because of the state of emergency declared in Spokane County. "All of our crews are dedicated to the emergency," 

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Response times won't be hindered by closed roads

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:41:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - "It floods every year but never this bad. We've only seen it this bad just a few times," said Larry Wheeler. Spokane Fire District 4 is responsible for all the lives living within 360 square miles. The problem is, more and more of that acreage is being covered with water. "We are just looking at alternate routes. Our number one thing right now is eight out of ten calls are usually medical and so that's what we are 

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Panhandle Health District confirms one case of mumps in North Idaho

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:34:00 EST

NORTH IDAHO- The Panhandle Health District has confirmed one case of mumps in a North Idaho adult over 50 years old.  According to the health district, no local spread of mumps from this case has been identified, and the individual is no longer contagious. There is little risk of getting the mumps because most people have immunity through vaccination. Due to the recent laboratory-confirmed mumps cases and active outbreaks of 

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Spokane teen gets surprise of a lifetime

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:46:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Meet Gracie Rowe, a young woman that watches The Ellen DeGeneres Show not just for laughs... but for hope. Gracie was born in India. When she was two - she was adopted by a couple in Olympia. But after bouncing back-and-forth for a decade - Gracie’s parents sent her to Hutton - an extended foster home in Spokane Valley. It took some time, but Gracie eventually for the first time in her life started to feel like she was home.

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Neighbors helping neighbors during flooding

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:47:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Backyards flooded, trucks underwater, and roads washed out. Those were some of the problems neighbors had to deal with Friday morning when Little Deep Creek jumped its banks. "I'm trying to simply get the water to go down so it doesn't get right up to the edge of the house so that's what any homeowner would do," said homeowner Steven Gady. Little Deep Creek runs through part of Steven’s property which has been in his family for generations.

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Highway 2 at Bear Lake reopened after serious crash

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:47:00 EST

CHATTAROY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol has reopened both lanes of Highway 2 at Bear Lake following a serious injury collision that blocked both directions of traffic for several hours Friday afternoon. The collision occurred 10 miles north of Spokane near Chattaroy. Two vehicles were involved. Troopers are working to clear the scene and say it should be cleared shortly. The investigation is ongoing. 

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