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Spokane Police: one person shot at North Spokane Pot Shop

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police say one person has been shot at Starbuds Cannabis in North Spokane.  Police were searching near the store, at 827 E. Francis for the shooter.  KHQ has a crew on scene, look for new information about this developing story as it comes into the newsroom.

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Man missing in Kootenai County found dead

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:55:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho- The Kootenai County Sheriff's office says the 73-year-old man missing since Monday afternoon has been found dead. According to deputies, Robert Westbrook's vehicle left the roadway on Highway 3 near Highway 97 and crashed about 50 feet down an embankment. 

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David Cassidy, '70s teen heartthrob, dies at age 67

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:00:00 EST

David Cassidy of "The Partridge Family" fame has died at age 67.  Publicist JoAnn Geffen released a statement Tuesday evening saying Cassidy had died "surrounded by those he loved." 

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Disturbing videos on YouTube Kid's app are tricking your kids, and could be hurting them

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Google is cracking down on disturbing cartoons that appear on the YouTube Kid's App. Google owns YouTube, and says it's rolling out new policies in the coming weeks to make sure the cartoons, which appear to be made for kids but have very inappropriate adult-themes, are taken down. 

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Coeur d'Alene woman with brain cyst creates bucket list

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:45:00 EST

Nothing can wipe away the smile off Kayley Marks’s face. Her fiancé, Thomas Williams, and her three-year-old daughter, Kaliyah, keep her busy, but also keep her smiling, even through the worst of times. “The x-rays came back with a little something different than I expected,” Marks said. A few months ago, a routine check for migraines turned into doctors finding an epidermoid cyst in her brain.

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Spokane man told to take down American and U.S. Air Force Flag

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:35:00 EST

Many of us have them, others see them waving from businesses, flagpoles, or homes. We’re talking about the American Flag. On Monday, a Spokane man was told to take his down, along with a United States Air Force flag. The flags were hanging above Nicholas Magee’s balcony at the Deer Run Apartments in North Spokane. “It’s unbelievable that they would serve me that and tell me to tear down my uncles flag,” said Magee. “I would love to fly 

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Coeur d'Alene tops CDC list as drunkest city in Idaho

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:09:00 EST

ATLANTA, GA- Excessive alcohol drinking is responsible for tens of thousands of Americans' deaths each year. But it's not just a physical toll on the country, it's a economic one as well. 

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How 311 helps connect the homeless to services in Spokane

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The city announced that it was adding two meters to their “Give Real Change” campaign to help the homeless in our community on Tuesday. That campaign has already helped one person who was living at a homeless camp that KHQ reported on last week. It’s off of Division and Ermina and the city has been able to connect the man with housing. “Just about half of the people that we make contact with on the streets move directly into housing,” says..

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North Spokane family searching for their hairless cat, Hellboy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:45:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Each day and each second that passes makes a north Spokane family even more worried especially with how cold it’s been outside. They’re looking for Hellboy, their 6-year-old hairless cat. “He looks kind of mean and evil with his green eyes but he's really sweet and comes up to people,” says Nick Bitonti. He and his fiancée Nicold are worried sick. “It's just so hard to talk about. He's more than just a cat. He's like a family member..

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Protecting your stuff from Spokane's Real Life Grinches

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. -- To you, it may be an old gym bag, or a backpack full of homework, but all thieves see is a potential gold mine unmanned in your car. It's a year-round problem in our community, but Black Friday is like Christmas for crooks. "I came back to my car and the window was broke out, everything was gone from the jockey box," said one car prowling victim. "It made me angry, it's a violation."

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Security System Donated to Victims of Vicious Spokane Break-in

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:03:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A family is beside themselves after a man defecated throughout their home, destroyed family pictures, flooded their basement, and then tried to light the property on fire. The tragedy had them questioning their faith in humanity, until a hero stepped in to help. "We put a lot of work into the house over the past couple months, working full time, we have four kids," said homeowner Rodney Gunther.

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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office looking for missing man

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:36:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help them find a missing man. Robert Westbrook's son posted on Facebook that his dad left Hayden at 4:30 p.m. on Monday for Kellogg, but has not been seen or heard from since. 

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City adds 'Give Real Change' meters to STA Plaza and airport security checkpoints

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane has installed two additional "Give Real Change" meters in an effort to end homelessness.  New meters were placed at the STA Plaza and at the Spokane Airport. Bus riders can donate extra change at the Plaza in downtown Spokane and airline passengers can donate their spare change at security checkpoints in both terminals of SIA.  

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PHOTOS: KHQ in episode of 'Z Nation' this Friday!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A few months ago, Spokane's favorite zombie show, Z Nation, asked if they could film an episode for the upcoming season in our studios.  Uh... DUH! How could we say no to the opportunity to turn our newsroom into the zombie apocalypse? Zombies still need their news, right?  It was a ton of fun and the kind folks over at Z Nation let us know the episode, 'We Interrupt This Program', air this Friday.

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Shareholders approve Avista acquisition by Hydro One

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista shareholders have approved the acquisition of the company by Canadian utility Hydro One. “We are pleased that our shareholders have demonstrated their strong support of this transaction and the value and benefits it will provide for all of our stakeholders,” Avista Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Scott L. Morris said.

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Two people dead, another in serious condition in Lewiston; Suspect in custody

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:27:00 EST

LEWISTON, Idaho - Detectives with the Lewiston Police Department are searching for a person of interest in a double homicide that happened early Tuesday morning.  Police found two deceased adults in a home near 6th and Preston just after 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A third adult victim was also found int he home with a stab wound to his back. 

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Do you know who these burglary/fraud/theft suspects are?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:16:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are hoping you can help them identify three men suspected of stealing a car, credit cards and other items last week.  Detectives say the credit cards were used a Walmart on E. Sprague and video surveillance shows three men leaving the store in the stolen car after the fraudulent transactions.

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CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:34:00 EST

NEW YORK - CBS News has fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct. Rose has been one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes."

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Seattle budget includes money for safe-injection site

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:46:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Seattle City Council has passed a 2018 budget that includes $1.3 million to create what could be the nation's first authorized safe-injection site for drug users. The Seattle Times reports that the $5.6 billion budget approved Monday also increases city spending on programs that address homelessness to $63 million, a nearly 40 percent jump over four years ago. 

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Spokane Police searching for Shadle Park student who threatened another student

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating a student making threats toward another student near Shadle Park High School.  Spokane Police Officer John O'Brien tells us a school resource officer heard a threat against another student and called for backup. Spokane Police are canvassing the area to find the student making threats. Police say the student was last seen near the library near Shadle Park High School wearing all black.

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SUV driver crashes into De Leon Foods and then takes off

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police are looking for the person who crashed into De Leon Foods on Francis in north Spokane. 

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"My son was just gone": mother of kidnapped baby speaks out about online danger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:30:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- The mother of a 6-month old baby who was kidnapped as part of an elaborate online scam is speaking out, urging everyone to be careful who they meet on the internet.  Lekeisha Johnson, from Kennewick, says she thought she'd been in a relationship with a man for weeks, but then she found out that her supposed boyfriend never existed in the first place. 

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Two people and a bird escape house fire in North Spokane

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:47:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane fire crews responded to a house fire Monday night about 7:30pm in North Spokane, at York and Wall.  Crews say it appears the f the fire started outside, at the front of the home, and then moved into the interior. C

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Spokane city councilwoman speaks out against sexual harassment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:33:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane city councilwoman is sharing her story too as more allegations against different men continue to come out. Kate Burke was elected to city council for her first term. She shared her story about sexual harassment too. Since Burke shared her story, she says she’s received messages from other women, reaching out. “I want women to know that I'm an ally I'm here to chat. I'm here to listen,” she says. “There are allies in 

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Family concerned after finding bullet lodged in window frame

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:20:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A north Spokane family feels like they have to move after finding a bullet lodged in their window frame over the weekend. Roger Sims says he is unsure when exactly it happened but they noticed it on Saturday when his wife opened the window and saw it was broken. That’s when they found a bullet lodged in the window. “We're always in there,” he says. “My niece and my nephew, they're five and three. They're always playing in the room....

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Recovering addict finds passion, helps others

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:19:00 EST

Sherry Hegstad loves to cut hair. She’s had her cosmetology license since 2014 and it makes her feel alive, gives her a sense of passion, a passion that she says wouldn’t be possible today. “I was addicted to meth for 22 years,” she said. Hegstad was headed for rock bottom, “I was at Walmart on the day before Black Friday shoplifting and I had meth on me." And in 2015, her life would change.

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North Idaho boy recovering from hit and run

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:07:00 EST

STATELINE, Idaho -- "I thought I was going to die." Henry Heidecker is alive after a frightening accident Sunday night. “I was in a lot of pain, but I ran to the bar and got help,” Heidecker said. His bike on the other hand, well it’s mangled. Heidecker says he was going to grab a pop for his dad from a gas station close by, but on his way back that’s when things went south.

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Spokane woman feels like prisoner in home, desperate for wheelchair ramp

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:11:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local mother said she feels like a prisoner in her home. She's wheelchair bound and just moved into a property with no ramp. She said she doesn't qualify for the programs out there that could assist with putting one in. With nowhere else to turn, she said "Help Me Hayley."   "Mainly I move around by scooting," said April Belnap. "I have Spina bifida. I do not walk at all."

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New York subway conductors must use gender neutral terms from now on

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:30:00 EST

NEW YORK CITY, NY- Conductors on subway trains in New York have been told to stop using the term “ladies and gentlemen” when making announcements. Instead, they should use the gender-neutral terms “passengers,” “riders,” and “everyone.” 

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New technology helps North Idaho boy with scoliosis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- 3 people out of 1,000 deal with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. In some cases, it could mean surgery every six months, until now. There’s a new procedure being done in Spokane and that one North Idaho parent says is nothing short of magic.  9-year-old Rielynn McCall lives in Troy, Idaho with his family. 

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Elaborate online romance ends in abduction of Kennewick baby

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:37:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A chilling and elaborate scheme ends in the kidnapping of a six-month-old baby. Investigators believe the baby's mother was tricked into handing him over to a con artist. Police worked tirelessly to bring the baby home safe. The suspect, Fern Little Calf made her first appearance in court on Monday afternoon. Detectives believe she posed as a man on the internet to lure a mother and her children from Kennewick to Spokane.

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Deputies arrest man accused of hitting 13-year-old boy with car near state line

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:02:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man they believe hit a 13-year-old boy with his car over the weekend near the state line.  Billy B. Swift of Newman Lake was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and inattentive driving.  The boy's father said his son went to grab a snack from the gas station near their home Saturday night when a car veered off the road.

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Idaho teen recovering after being hit by a car

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:03:00 EST

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was hit by a car on Seltice Way near State Line. The victim said moments after he was hit, the driver fled the scene. The boy's dad told KHQ's Hayley Guenthner that Saturday night around 9:00, his son went to grab a snack from the gas station about a block from their home. He said the car veered off the road and into the parking lot where his son was. When a woman came to 

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Trader Joe's recalls packaged salads over contamination fear

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:11:00 EST

PHOENIX - Trader Joe's says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside.    The grocery chain said Saturday on its website that packages of white meat chicken salad, curried white chicken deli salad and turkey cranberry apple salad sold in some areas that expire from Nov. 10-21 could be contaminated. 

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North Spokane Couple finds Bullet Lodged in Front Window

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:52:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is terrified after they say someone fired at least one shot at their home near Maple and Fairview. They believe the gunman targeted the wrong property. Danielle Rees and her husband discovered the bullet hole, and the bullet still lodged in their woodwork. It went through one of their front windows. "That's going to be my daughter's room," Danielle said. "What if she would have been there? What if my niece and 

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Airway Heights family's motor home stolen from their property

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:45:00 EST

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - A family in Airway Heights never thought a theft like this would happen. “My husband and I were born and raised in Airway Heights. We feel violated,” say Tami Broderius, the homeowner. “You just never would think. It wasn't a little small camper. It was a pretty big motor home.” She says on Friday night the motor home was still there when she got home from work at 5 p.m. She went out to dinner with her family and when they came back th...

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Man held after body found in burning Okanogan County home

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:12:00 EST

OMAK, Wash. (AP) - A 27-year-old man is jail on investigation of first-degree murder and arson after firefighters found a body inside a burning home in the north-central Washington town of Omak.

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Spokane Valley residents face fines for not clearing snow

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:09:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) - Spokane Valley residents who don't shovel their sidewalks this winter could see fines.    The Spokesman-Review reports the City Council passed an ordinance last month requiring residents to clear snow and ice from their sidewalk within 48 hours if accumulation is three inches or more, or face a $52 fine.

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Spokane's historic Ice Storm is now 21 years old

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:56:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday marked two years since windstorm 2015 knocked down trees, caused massive damage and left thousands of people without power in and around Spokane. Just a few days later marks another historic weather-related anniversary in the region: Ice Storm 1996.

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Missing Spokane 86-year-old woman located

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Family members of Dorothy Ramon Gerske, an 86 year old woman who was reported missing Tuesday, has been found. The family tells KHQ Dorothy is in the hospital and is doing okay. Gerske's great-niece, Jeanene Aagard-Rundgren, says Gerske's name was misspelled when she checked into the hospital, so when police checked, they couldn't find her.

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Shooting in North Spokane was domestic violence related

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:12:00 EST

Police say the girlfriend of a man shot Saturday night in north Spokane has been arrested on first degree assault charges. Officers were called to the 1600 block of E. Bismark Saturday night around 7 p.m. Responding officers found a man and woman inside an apartment. The man had been shot in the leg and the woman told police an intruder had come into their apartment and shot the victim in the leg, then took off.

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Trader Joe's chicken, turkey salads recalled because of glass fragments

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:39:00 EST

WASHINGTON - The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday that Green Cuisine, a California-based company, is recalling about 36,854 lbs of chicken and turkey salad products that may be contaminated with hard silica and glass fragments. The ready-to-eat chicken and turkey salads were produced from Nov. 4 - 15, 2017.

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DUI suspected in rollover crash near 395 and Monroe in Deer Park

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:13:00 EST

DEER PARK, Wash. - Police were investigating a two-car rollover crash near Highway 395 and Monroe in Deer Park Saturday evening.  The crash happened around 4 p.m. Officers on scene say a gray pickup truck was T-boned by a white SUV near the intersection of Highway 395 and Monroe Road. The pickup truck rolled and landed on its top.

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A Washington nonprofit is helping save cats from tall trees

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:34:00 EST - Two brothers-in-law are doing their part to rescue cats from trees in Washington state. But this isn't your normal fire department tree rescue. The west side of the state has some very tall trees that feline friends can scurry up and then have trouble getting back down. That's where Tom Otto and Shaun Sears come in. The two professional arborists and cat lovers volunteer their time and use specialized gear to rescue cats through their project called Canopy Cat Rescue.

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Drunk Moses Lake man determined to be arrested by officers

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:56:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Around 11 o'clock on Thursday, Moses Lake police officers were dispatched to a house in the 200 block of Grand Drive for a report of an argument over a child. When officers arrived, they found 22-year-old Noe Alvarez drunk and arguing with his ex-girlfriend about trying to their one-year-old child.

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No one hurt in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:16:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Early Saturday morning, Grant County Sheriff's deputies responded to multiple calls of a drive-by shooting and shots fired in the 1200 block of Doolittle in the Larson Housing area. While patrol vehicles were in the area within minutes, no suspects were located. No one was injured. A home and vehicle were shot. A vague vehicle description hindered use of area cameras in order to make better identification.

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One person dead in Billings police-involved shooting

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:33:00 EST

One person is dead following a police-involved shooting on the 400 block of Bunting Street in Billings Southside Saturday. Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as per officer-involved shooting protocol. Police Chief Rich St. John says that the deceased is a 24-year-old Native American male with addresses listed in Billings and Hardin.

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Fire damages South Hill house converted into apartments

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish an apartment fire Friday evening in the 1200 block of W. 6th Ave. It happened around 6:15 p.m. Heavy fire was showing from the ground floor apartment unit when fire crews arrived on scene. The fire was threatening the upper level living spaces in the old South Hill home that had been converted into apartments.

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Man who killed Washington state taxi driver gets 22 years

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:34:00 EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man who fatally shot a taxi driver has been sentenced to 22 years, four months in prison.    The Skagit Valley Herald reports that 32-year-old Solomona Fatu Luteru received the sentence Friday in Skagit County Superior Court.

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Missing 13-year-old girl reported in Spokane Valley is found safe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:09:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies say they're looking for 13-year-old Jordan Ballou, who has been missing since 3pm Friday.  Deputies say she was last seen in the 6300 block of E. 4th Ave in Spokane Valley. 

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Spokane family discovers their new home destroyed

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A family's dream home turned into a house of horrors after a man breaks in, destroying everything inside.  It was a day the Gunther family had been waiting for, to move into their new home. But when she checked on the place during her lunch break Thursday, Brittanie immediately knew something was wrong.   All of the work her family had done to get their new home ready was gone. "I don't even know what's really 

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Ex-inmate wins appeal to be allowed to take state bar exam

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:37:00 EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who was convicted of theft and drug crimes in 2011 should be allowed to take the state bar exam after she graduated from Seattle University Law School this year. The Kitsap Sun reports that 40-year-old Tarra Simmons was sentenced to 30 months in prison six years ago, but on Thursday, she was given the OK to work toward becoming a licensed lawyer.  A state Bar Association board earlier this ...

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Woman suffering from ALS gets custom home

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:52:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - An amazing moment Friday, November 17, 2017, for Kathy Martin and her family who can now call their new Coeur d’Alene home, theirs. “I’m really thankful, it’s going to help me out a lot,” Martin said. Kathy Martin has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which affects nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control your muscles. The home, built specifically to cater to Kathy’s needs is the first of its 

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Van stolen day before woman's birthday

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:32:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- A local woman is torn after her only mode of transportation was stolen, with clothes inside for her kids. To make matters worse, the van was stolen a day before the victim's birthday.

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Celebrating the Fox Theater then and now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:24:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Revived and restored. This month marks the 10th anniversary of restoration for the historic Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, saving it from becoming a parking lot. We talked with a woman with a legitimate claim on being the first fan of the Fox, through all of its ups and downs. 

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Montana congressman misled investigators in assault case

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:54:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Montana have released a trove of materials from their investigation into a Republican House candidate who assaulted a reporter on the eve of his election to the U.S. House.    More than 100 pages of documents, photos and audio from the investigation into Rep. Greg Gianforte were released under a court order Friday following requests from The Associated Press and other news organizations. Gianforte threw Guardian reporter

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Sources identify suspect in kidnapping of 6 month old baby as Fern Littlecalf

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:49:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 6-month-old child is in protective custody and a suspect has been detained as Spokane Police investigate a kidnapping early Friday morning.  Police said in a press released they made contact with a man outside of the Public Safety Building early Friday morning just before 2:30 a.m. The man had two children who were not related to him, but had been left in his custody. 

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Man charged with murder, arson after body found inside house fire in Okanogan County

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:19:00 EST

OMAK, Wash. - A man in Okanogan County is facing arson and murder charges after emergency responders found a body inside a home that had been set on fire. Officials say 27-year-old Jared Nathaniel Fudge now faces first degree murder and arson charges, with more charges possible. A witness spotted Fudge running from the scene. He was later located and questioned by police. Officials say they found the body after they were called 

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Man arrested, gun seized after threats to Seattle church

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Police arrested a 25-year-old suburban Seattle man and seized his AR-15 rifle after he allegedly sent a series of escalating messages to pastors at a Seattle church. The Seattle Police Department said Thursday the man from Covington was arrested on a charge of felony harassment. Police say the man had attended the unnamed church in the University District neighborhood but staff had not heard from him since he threatened to burn down the church over a y...

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Washington Potato Co. settles discrimination claim

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:00 EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Washington Potato Co. has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to settle a discrimination claim involving Freeze Pack, its Pasco vegetable processing plant. The Tri-City Herald reports that the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement on Thursday. The agreement resolves an investigation into whether the company discriminated against immigrants by requiring different documents than it did for U.S. citizens. The Immigration and Nationality A...

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Nonstop Seattle to Dublin flights to begin May 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:51:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Nonstop flights from Seattle to Dublin will start next spring. The Seattle Times reports Irish carrier Aer Lingus said Friday the service will begin May 18, 2018.    The service will be provided four times a week. Because Dublin airport has its own U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, passengers and their luggage will be pre-cleared in Ireland before departure, with no need to go through passport control on arrival in Seattle. T...

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City of Spokane settles lawsuit with former Parks and Recreation employee, Nancy Goodspeed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane and former Parks and Recreation Department employee Nancy Goodspeed reached an agreement on Friday that resolved a lawsuit Goodspeed brought against the City.  The City will pay Goodspeed $165,000, according to the agreement. Goodspeed claimed she was illegally replaced from her job as the city attempted to manage a sexual harassment scandal involving former police chief Frank Straub. 

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Navy issues updated statement on 'irresponsible and immature act' after obscene images drawn in skies over Okanogan Co.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:00 EST

OMAK, Wash. - I can picture the Austin Powers bit now.  The people of Omak looking up at the sky and seeing a giant (Fill in the blank innuendo here) just like in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. If you're unfamiliar, I'll save you a Google search.  A simple, yet effectively funny joke.  Except the U.S. Navy doesn't see humor in the real-life version at all.  

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Spokane Valley Detectives arrest third suspect in Bret Snow homicide investigation

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives have made a third arrest in the homicide investigation of Bret Snow.  37-year-old Cheryl L. Sutton was arrested on charges of Leading Organized Crime and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Kidnapping in connection to Snow's disappearance.  

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City of Spokane says they support local nonprofit Blessings Under the Bridge

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Every Wednesday night for the last 10 years, Blessings Under the Bridge has fed and clothed the homeless under the freeway here in downtown Spokane Executive Director Jessica Kovac tells KHQ that since they were forced to move locations by the city earlier this year, they've seen a significant drop in their funding and volunteers.   She says the problems they're having come from their issues with the city.  The city, however, says they spent m...

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How the Republican tax reform bill could hurt Spokane’s development

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:11:00 EST

The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal Thursday night, just hours after the House of Representatives passed the bill. The bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, cuts taxes for corporations and individuals, and decreases the number of tax brackets. “We can grow our economy and create thousands of jobs with the #TaxCutsandJobsAct,” Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers wrote on Twitter. “This...

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VIDEO: City of Spokane creates time lapse to demonstrate Riverfront Park construction progress

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:32:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - What does 9 months of construction at Riverfront Park look like?  The City of Spokane created a time lapse to capture all of the progress made on their redevelopment plan.  You can watch the video here: 9 Months of Riverfront Park Construction

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Local dancers headed to Macy's Day Parade

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:08:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - In a quiet Post Falls neighborhood, variety comes in the form of a “red hot” spice of life and excitement begins to mount as the Red Hot Mamas step closer to New York City. “We're bringing our own miracle to 34th Street,” Mikki Stevens, the president of the Red Hot Mama’s said. The Mama’s were invited for the second time in three years to march during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The group formed 25 years 

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City of Spokane doubles equipment to help fill potholes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.-No matter where I go, there's always potholes: that's what some people in Spokane are saying, already frustrated by city streets. However, the city says this year, they are taking a different approach that could be a better solution. The roads are rougher in certain areas but the city has double the equipment now to try and fill the potholes. They have two trucks with two added pothole trailers. 

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University of Montana has $600K hole in athletic scholarships

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:11:00 EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Athletics Department at the University of Montana is short $600,000 in scholarship money for the 2019 fiscal year. But Associate Athletics Director Ryan Martin says the university will find the money.    Martin tells the Missoulian that the shortfall is due to increases in campus costs of about 20 percent along with the relatively newer scholarships for softball.    In the past six years, he said costs have risen in 

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Prolific mail thieves caught prowling in Moses Lake

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:48:00 EST

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Friday morning shortly before 1 am, Moses Lake Police Officers were dispatched to 2100 block of Peninsula for a report of women stealing mail. Officers responded, and quickly located two female suspects in the area driving a car that matched the description given by the caller. When stopped, the passenger in the car began stuffing mail under her car seat. The two women, 29-year-old Jessica Steele, and 21-year-old 

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VIDEO: City of Lewiston crews discover, repair collapsed pipe under Bryden Canyon Road

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:52:00 EST

LEWISTON, Idaho - A City crew was inspecting the stormwater pipe (CMP) under Bryden Canyon Road this month when they discovered that it had fully collapsed. This 19-year-old pipe was repaired immediately to make sure it did not create a sinkhole or other safety hazards on Bryden Canyon Road. “There are over 24 miles of CMP pipe under our city streets providing stormwater drainage,” Engineering Project Supervisor Joe Kaufman said. 

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Spokane pet store seeks information after thieves steal a puppy

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:10:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane pet store is hoping that you know something about two people who stole a min-pin/Jack Russell terrier mix puppy Wednesday afternoon. Northwest Seed and Pet posted surveillance video on their Facebook page that showed a woman in their North Division store walking away from the area where the puppies were kept, looking like she was putting the dog in her purse. As she walked, the video showed something fall out. Employees say it was a dog toy...

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Republican, Democrat launch centrist group in Washington

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:40:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - The politically traumatized or in denial voter is being courted by a new movement that will support independent, centrist-minded candidates for elected office in Washington state. That includes Republicans who have denounced President Donald Trump and his brand of conservatism, as well as Democrats tired of obeying their embattled leadership. A former Democratic congressman and a former head of the state GOP have launched the Washington Independents as...

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Major Crimes Detectives need your help finding man who robbed Harry's Food Mart at gunpoint

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:36:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying and tracking down a man who they say ran into Harry's Food mart Exxon Monday evening and robbed the stores at gunpoint.  Spokane County Sheriff's Office says suspect ran into the store, pointed a gun at the clerk, demanded money, and then ran out and drove north on Dishman Mica in a gray/silver passenger car.  The suspect is 

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Billings police investigating after body found covered with blanket

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:17:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Billings have launched a homicide investigation after two people out for a walk spotted a man's body near what appeared to be an abandoned transient camp on the west side of the city.    Lt. Neil Lawrence says the man's body was found Wednesday evening near a dirt road along an irrigation canal. Officers say the body was found in an area with downed trees and debris and was covered with a carpet or blanket. Police secured the scene ...

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FBI offering $5K reward for info on crop duster shooting

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:12:00 EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for leads on who was responsible for shooting a crop dusting plane in southwestern Montana. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Thursday that a crop dusting plane owned by Headwater Flying Service was shot at twice on July 18 near Belgrade while the pilot was applying fungicide to wheat crop. The shots came from the ground. Officials say one bullet hit the plane 18 inches (457 millimeters) from th...

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Search on for elk hunter missing in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:58:00 EST

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - Teams are searching by foot and by snowmobile for a 37-year-old elk hunter reported overdue in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says the hunter, Joel Presler, of Vancouver, last had contact with his family on Saturday.    Authorities found his pickup truck on Wednesday on a Forest Service road in the Forlorn Lakes area. There's about 2 feet of snow there, and there 

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Lake City High School student arrested after making threat toward another student

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:57:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police arrested a student near Lake City High School Thursday morning for making a verbal threat.  Principal Deanne Clifford told KHQ's Adam Meyer the student fled from school officials who were trying to detain him after he made verbal threats to another student. 

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Two Years Later: A look back at Windstorm 2015

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:55:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday marks two years since a devastating windstorm blew through Spokane, knocking down trees and power poles, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. It was (really) cold and dark and crews worked tirelessly to restore power and normalcy. 

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U.S. Marshals urging public to report imposter scams to FTC

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:00 EST

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marshals want you to know of several nationwide imposter scams from people claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers or other law enforcement officials.  During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.

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House passes sweeping GOP tax overhaul

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:09:00 EST

WASHINGTON - The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures. The House voted 227-205 along party lines to approve the bill, which would bring the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades. 

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Spokane homeless charity could be on the verge of shutting down

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A local charity that's fed and served thousands of homeless people for years is suddenly facing the possibility of being forced to shut down. The charity says the last year has been challenging and the next few months will be crucial for their survival.  For the last 10 years, Blessings Under the Bridge has fed and even clothed the homeless in Spokane.

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Pasco man dead after crashing pickup through brick wall, house

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:50:00 EST

Pasco Police say a 47-year-old man is dead after driving his pickup truck through a brick wall, and into a home.  The cause of the crash is unknown, but one possibility being investigated is that he may have suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel.  The only person home at the time was a 16-year-old, who was upstairs in an unaffected section of the home and was unhurt.  Officers say it appears that the man was driving his pickup northbound on Convention near th...

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Neighbor concerned about homeless camp; City of Spokane responds

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane father says he’s worried about a homeless camp that continues to pop up in his neighborhood.  He says that the city has dealt with the issue each time, but this time, this father who doesn’t want to be identified says there is garbage, and the camp is stretched across the sidewalk. He also adds that he’s been finding needles around the area, which is a concern for him since there are kids nearby...

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Dozens of used needles found in Palisades Park

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:00:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dozens of used needles were found in Palisades Park in Spokane Wednesday morning. “I happened to see that alongside the road,” said Tim McGee who found the needles. “And it struck me a little funny and I took another look to see.” To McGee’s dismay, it was a pile of used syringes mixed with a couple bullet casings, coins, and other junk. “I’m just afraid somebody would stumble onto that and maybe not know what 

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Spokane woman warns of scary scam call

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:32:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman reached out to KHQ saying she had just received the scariest phone call of her life. Turns out, the call was from scammers, but this was no ordinary scam. The woman says the scammers call started with a woman frantically crying, then they said they would kill the woman crying if they don't send money immediately. 

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Sam Strahan's mom speaks after highway is named in his honor

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:45:00 EST

FREEMAN, Wash. -  A vote to rename a section of Highway 27 between milepost 69.8 and 82 after the student who was killed in the Freeman school shooting passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon. The vote comes after a petition to rename the section of highway after Strahan reached more than 7,000 signatures online.

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Spokane's new snow plan now in effect

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - There may be no snow on the ground in the lower elevations, but the city of Spokane's new snow plan went into effect Wednesday. The big change is that, as of Wednesday, residents will be asked to park on the odd side of the street to help the plows come through when it snows. The parking change will run through the entire snow season until March 15th, 2018.

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VIDEO: Spokane man saves deer stuck in fence

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man did his good deed for the day Wednesday morning when he came across a deer stuck in a fence and worked to free it. Daniel Leifer posted a video of his rescue mission on Facebook early Wednesday with the caption, "Helped a deer out this morning." In the video you can see Leifer approach the deer, whose leg was stuck in a chain link fence.

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Officials suspect second case of chronic wasting disease

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:11:00 EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Officials suspect a second deer killed in south central Montana may have been infected with chronic wasting disease.The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday that a sample from the deer killed by a hunter south of Belfry has been sent to a lab at Colorado State University for testing. It is the second deer in the last week to be suspected of having the potentially fatal disease.    The disea...

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SCRAPS receiving thousands of inquiries about puppy left on side of the highway

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:58:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A puppy found abandoned along the side of I-90 is getting thousands of adoption inquiries from all over. A trucker noticed a sealed plastic bin, with 3-month-old Charley inside, near an exit along I-90. The trucker then brought Charley immediately to SCRAPS early Tuesday morning. Janet Dixon, special programs manager for SCRAPS, says Charley was covered in his own waste, and water and food that was left inside the bin...

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US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:35:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - U.S. officials have restarted an Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity. The U.S. Department of Energy says the facility at the Idaho National Laboratory began operating Tuesday for the first time since it went on standby in 1994. The Energy Department proposed resuming operations at the Transient Reactor Test Facility in 2013 as part of former President Barack Obama's plan to redu...

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Silver Mountain to open early for winter season

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:23:00 EST

KELLOGG, Idaho - Silver Mountain Ski Resort in Kellogg Idaho is pleased to announce that they will be opening early for a “Sneak Preview” on Sunday, Nov 19. “We are excited to get an early start to our winter season, and even more excited about the long-term snow predictions for our area.” said Marketing Coordinator Willy Bartlett Silver Mountain expects to run chairs 1, 2, and the carpet lift for skiing and boarding. Tubing sessions and 

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Southeast Washington county bans pot production

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:04:00 EST

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Officials in a southeast Washington county have approved an emergency ordinance to ban new marijuana production and processing for six months. The Tri-City Herald reports Benton County commissioners voted Tuesday in Prosser. Two commissioners voted in favor while one was excused. Like a current retail ban, it affects new operators. It does not apply to the 47 cannabis producers and 35 processors with physical addresses in Benton County.  &nb...

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Montana teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault of student

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:38:00 EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana high school music teacher has pleaded not guilty to fondling and attempting to kiss a student. Troy Bashor entered the plea Tuesday to a charge of misdemeanor sexual assault. The Missoulian reports that Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway allowed Bashor to remain free on his own recognizance, but said he can't have contact with any minors other than members of his family and can't go back to Frenchtown High School property.   ...

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Search for 2 missing Bellingham snowboarders suspended

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:31:00 EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say hazardous conditions have caused them to suspend a search for two missing Bellingham snowboarders in the Mount Baker wilderness. The Bellingham Herald reports Jake Amancio and Drew Lenz of Bellingham, both in their 20s, were reported overdue by a roommate Sunday night when they didn't return from a planned day of backcountry snowboarding in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mt. Baker Ski Area workers found their vehicle at the...

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Police: Twin Falls man crushed to death by farm equipment

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:10:00 EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Twin Falls County coroner has identified the man who was crush to death by farm equipment. The Times-News reports police found 40-year-old Jose Jamie Tapia of Twin Falls dead underneath a large hay baler Tuesday. Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley says Tapia had been working under the bale when the jack slipped causing the bale to fall on him. Tapia's body will be sent to Boise for an autopsy.    Twin Falls Police Lt. Terr...

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American Heart Association asks for red hats to be knit for thousands of babies

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:13:00 EST

The American Heart Association has started a campaign called Little Hats, Big Hearts, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies that will be born in February. These red hats will be worn by thousands of newborns after they are born to encourage moms to live heart-healthy lives.

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Washington's unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:45:00 EST

OLYMPIA - Washington's unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent last month and the state added 6,900 jobs. According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the October rate dropped slightly from September's 4.6 percent rate. The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent last month, and the rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area was 3.8 percent. 

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