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Spokane Valley Deputies searching for custom Chopper

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley detectives are asking for your help locating a unique (and loud) motorcycle that was stolen from a parking lot last Friday night.  The owner says the bike was stolen on March 24, 2017 near Pines and Desmet between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The motorcycle is extremely heavy, making it hard to push, and idles at more than 170 decibels.

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Another truck gets stuck under Spokane overpass

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:35:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - At this point, it seems like we just need a generic story to post about a truck getting stuck under an overpass in Spokane. It seems to happen so much, we should just be able to fill in the blanks, then plug and play the story. Here's the latest one:

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Liberty Lake couple's concrete bulldog stolen off porch

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:04:00 EDT

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - A beloved bulldog that's gone missing couldn't have walked off on all four paws. Last Thursday, Patrick and Diana Webster had a Gonzaga get-together with some friends at their home in Liberty Lake to watch the Zags take on West Virginia. It was when their friends were leaving after the game that they noticed their bulldog was missing.

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News Anchor goes viral for being short next to basketball players

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:43:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Our own Claire Graham is having a moment on Tuesday.  Claire is 4 feet 11 (and three-quarters) inches tall, and she loves posing with tall people. Here she is posing with former Los Angeles Laker Robert Sacre. Here she is with Richard Fox, and here she is with Gonzaga player and SWX intern Ryan Edwards.

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NCAA Tournament brings love of basketball to Phoenix

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:29:00 EDT

PHOENIX - Teams and fans are getting more and more excited as tip-off for the NCAA Tournament's Final Four games moves closer. Believe it or not, the NCAA has never hosted a Final Four in the desert of Arizona.

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This fan has been collecting Zags shirts for 20 years

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:59:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Zag fans are showing their support any way they can. One man wants to make sure that wherever he goes, people know about Gonzaga. Ondrej Dezarn has filled his home with Zags shirts. “I'm a big shirt collector,” he says with a laugh. “I've gotten one Gonzaga shirt pretty much every year over the past 22 years.”

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Sheriff: Deputy had an angel sitting on his shoulder

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:33:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said his deputy is "lucky to be alive" after a teen pointed a loaded sawed-off shotgun at him as he responded to a car prowling call. "I get tired of people telling me property crimes are not violent," Knezovich said. "I think we're very lucky our deputy isn't dead today. That individual made it very clear what his intent was."

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Former Airway Heights corrections officer found guilty of robbery

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:21:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A jury has found a former Corrections Officer guilty as charged following an armed robbery several months ago in Cheney. Jeff Pool was arrested over the summer for allegedly robbing a Cheney Dollar Tree. Records show the store had been robbed twice. Pool entered a plea of not guilty back in July. Police believe Pool used a gun and zip ties during the robbery. Pool was arrested as he arrived for his shift at the Airway Heights Prison.

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Troopers investigating fatal crash at Highway 395 and Dahl

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:01:00 EDT

DEER PARK, Wash. - Troopers are still investigating a fatal crash on Highway 395 at Dahl Road in Deer Park. According to troopers on scene,  a woman was in a red hatchback car driving northbound on Highway 395 with two small children in the car. A Ford pickup driven by a 16-year-old boy was crossing the highway at Dahl Road when his truck stalled. Troopers say that when the pickup driver got his truck running again, it jolted forward and hit the hatchback.

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Colville Tribal Police searching for missing 83-year-old woman

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:43:00 EDT

INCHELIUM, Wash. - Police and Washington State Patrol have issued a LEAP alert for a missing and endangered 83 year-old woman. Estelle Lois Abbott was last seen Monday morning on Grand Louis Road in Inchelium, Wash. She left her home with a tan or grey pitbull to check the mail and walk the dog. She has not returned home.

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Sharkey no longer Ferris High School head football coach following allegations

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:45:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has confirmed that Jim Sharkey is no longer the head football coach at Ferris High School, but is still employed as a teacher, though he remains on administrative leave while an investigation continues into whether Sharkey exposed himself to students. Kevin Morrison with Spokane Public Schools tells KHQ Sharkey no longer has the head coaching job, and that the job listing will be made public on Thursday

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Cyanide device on US land broke agency policy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:57:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials say a cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision months earlier to halt use of the devices on all of the state's U.S.-owned land.      The device activated March 16 when 14-year-old Canyon Mansfield and his dog checked it out 300 yards (275 meters) from their home.

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Deputies bust up mail theft ring with nearly 400 victims

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:59:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, working closely with Post Falls Police, Coeur d'Alene Police, and deputies in Bonner and Spokane Counties, as well as the US Postal Inspector's Office, has broken up a mail theft ring involving nearly 400 victims in Kootenai County and approximately 70 separate cases.

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Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:30:00 EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A patron who stole a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned it after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it. The man said having the stolen copy of Richard Matheson's 1975 novel "Bid Time Return" had been bugging him. He included a $200 donation to the Great Falls Library and in a letter asked for forgiveness.

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Coeur d'Alene Special Olympics medalist returns home

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:16:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On a peaceful day in Coeur d’Alene, families and friends move along for a relaxing Sunday stroll. But, if you’re Nathan Smalley, excitement and euphoria run through your veins. You see, Smalley is a champion down hill skier who just got back from a competition in Europe. "It's been a long time, I've waited a long time for this,” Smalley said.

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Source of mystery spill in Columbia river found

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:44:00 EDT

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A coordinated investigation by state and federal authorities in Wenatchee has identified Coleman Oil, Inc., a fueling facility near the Columbia River, as the source of the biodiesel spill that has been leaking into the river. The search for the source narrowed last week when spill responders identified the product as biodiesel..

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Man arrested in connection to drive-by shooting at Gonzaga baseball field

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:49:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a drive-by shooting investigation that happened near Gonzaga's baseball field on March 17, 2017. Spokane Police officers were called to Gonzaga's baseball field after campus security reported the shooting. 

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Gonzaga student starts petition to cancel classes ahead of Final Four game

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - As the Gonzaga Bulldogs prepare for their first-ever Final Four appearance in Phoenix on Saturday, one student is doing what he can to make sure he can be at the stadium in person to witness history. Sean Palermo started an online petition to be sent to Gonzaga President Thayne McColloh, requesting that classes be cancelled on the Friday.

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Sunken Idaho highway expected to open this week

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:43:00 EDT

BENEWAH COUNTY, Idaho - Work continues on an Idaho highway that has been closed for nearly two weeks because erosion has caused the road to sink. Bypass work on State Highway 5 in Benewah County is expected to be done this week and one lane of the road should be reopened by Wednesday or Thursday.

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Rally held for women believed to be murdered by same man

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:15:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friends and family of two women believed to be murdered by the same man gathered outside the Spokane County Medical Examiners Office Monday. Heather Higgins mysteriously disappeared in Sept. 2010. Her body was never located but family of Kala Williams, who was murdered in 2012, says her killer is the same man responsible for Higgins’ whereabouts.

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PHOTOS: Beautiful rainbow seen across Spokane Monday

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Rain showers gave way to beautiful rainbows seen all across the region on Monday. We asked you to send us your rainbow photos and you all delivered in a big way! Click through the slideshow above to see some of the stunning rainbow shots. And keep the pictures coming!

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Waiting till last minute to travel to the Final Four? It'll cost you

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you want to watch the Zags take on the Gamecocks in person, it’s getting more difficult by the minute. That’s because if you’re looking for a plane ticket, you might be out of luck.

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Spokane fans rush to grab Gonzaga gear ahead of big game

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you’re staying home to watch the game, you probably will want some Zags gear. But it seems like that’s a little hard to do as the Zags are on their way to the Final Four. “It has been pandemonium the whole time,” says Ken Roughton, manager of the Zag Shop. The Zags are at the top of their game and these employees at the shop have to be at the top of theirs.

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Riverfront Park bridges reopened after water level drops

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Parks and Recreation has reopened the suspension pedestrian bridges in Riverfront Park Monday. They ask that, while the bridges have reopened, that people continue to use caution as the Spokane River remains closed to use.

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Spokane introduces interim pay-by-phone parking app

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:46:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane has hired an interim vendor to continue pay-by-phone parking meter service while public solicitation is completed for a vendor. The interim vendor was hired after the previous pay-by-phone app, Quick Pay, was discontinued because the company that oversees the Quick Pay app wasn't paying up in revenue, which in turn was a problem for the city.

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Kootenai County Jail hits record-high number of inmates

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:18:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reports that over the weekend the county jail hit a new record high for number of inmates in custody. The jail is built to hold 327 beds. As of Sunday morning, the jail had 439 inmates in custody. The sheriff's office says of those inmates, nearly 78 percent were being held on felony charges. 

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Idaho death row inmate dies in prison

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:01:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Maximum Security Institution inmate who was sentenced to death has died of apparent natural causes Monday morning, according to the Idaho Department of Corrections. At 7 a.m., a correctional officer found Zane Jack Fields unresponsive in his cell. Prison staff initiated CPR and called 911. Medical personnel declared Fields dead at 8 a.m.

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House budget proposal seeks $3 billion in new revenue

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:45:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House Democrats have released a two-year budget plan that proposes $3 billion in additional revenue - including a tax increase on some businesses and a new capital gains tax - to address a court mandate to increase state spending on basic education.

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Secretary of state will undergo treatment for colon cancer

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:43:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will undergo treatment for colon cancer over the next several weeks. She said in a statement Monday that she remains committed to her role as secretary of state and will be able to continue performing her official duties during her treatment and recovery periods.

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Family wants justice in now fatal hit-and-run crash

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:23:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is desperate for answers. Randy Nicholl passed away from his injuries last week. He was hit and left bleeding in the road back in September. Police are still looking for that unidentified driver. Ronnel Batts keeps photos of her brother Randy close by. “Randy was a special soul. A special needs guy that loved everybody,” she says.

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Caught on camera: Woman with knife robs Spokane gas station

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A normal shift turns terrifying after a gas station was robbed at knife-point, and it was all caught on camera. This happened at the Chevron on Sprague and Freya. Brooke Haux was just doing her job Saturday morning, when a woman walked in and approached the register.

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PHOTOS: Gonzaga men's basketball team returns home after historic win

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - And then there were four. The Gonzaga men's basketball team made history Saturday night, defeating Xavier in dominating fashion, 83-59 and making it to the Final Four for the first time in program history. After cutting down the nets at the SAP Center in San Jose, the Zags hopped on a plane back to Spokane.

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Headless body found in Snake River in E. Washington state

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:50:00 EDT

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) - An eastern Washington state sheriff says a decomposed body with no head found in the Snake River will be sent to Seattle. Asotin County Sheriff John Hilderbrand tells the Lewiston Tribune that the body found last week is possibly a male. The person's identity and cause of death are unknown.

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Inmate dies at Idaho maximum security prison

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:47:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho  (AP) - Idaho officials are investigating the death of a 59-year-old inmate at a prison south of Boise.  The Idaho Department of Correction says Danny Cordova died Saturday morning at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna.  Officials say a correctional officer found Cordova unresponsive in his cell just after 5 a.m. and prison staff initiated life-saving measures.

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EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:33:00 EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming.  EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

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Electrical fire damages Spokane Valley home, residents and cat escape

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane Valley Fire Department reports an early morning fire damaged a home on E. Mission early Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported. Units responded to a structure fire in the 14800 block of E. Mission around 4:45 a.m.

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Family remembers veteran killed in house fire

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A loving grandfather and World War II veteran 95-year-old Morris Slavens died in the home that he built with his own two hands, and his son Mike was taken to a local hospital after he tried to save his father's life during a house fire earlier Saturday morning. "He very much cared for grandpa so he wanted to be here with him."  said granddaughter Lori Yarbough.

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Spokane woman embraces the stress of Gonzaga basketball

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:54:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Meet Gonzaga's number one stressed out fan, Denise Hendrickson. "I don't know why it is but I just love them," said Denise of her beloved Gonzaga Bulldogs. When the men take to the court on game day Denise gets really...really stressed out  "I pace and say silly things to my husband," Denise said with a smile.

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Soggy Spokane: NWS says March is 4th wettest on record

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:01:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Spokane reported Saturday morning that March 2017 is the fourth wettest March on record and there are still potentially rainy days to come. The Weather Service took to Twitter Saturday morning to break down just how wet it's been in the Lilac City lately.

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Yakima police investigating after man shot multiple times

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:54:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Police in central Washington state say they're investigating after a 23-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds Saturday morning. Yakima police responded to a call reporting a gunshot victim at about 4:30 a.m.      Officials say the man was conscious and able to speak with police.

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Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:37:00 EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.  The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.

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Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:24:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho inmates are asking a judge to hold the state in contempt after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to serious injuries and even some prisoner deaths.

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Firefighters investigating deadly house fire

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters are investigating after a fatal fire early Saturday morning. Crews responded to a house in the 1900 block of W. Fairview Ave. at just before 4 a.m. One of the occupants of the home indicated there was another person in the house and that person was unaccounted for.

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Local non-profit spends time in shoes of people they help

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:33:00 EDT

Dozens of people are working to raise money for a local non-profit right now by spending their Friday night in the shoes of the people they're hoping to help. Their plan is to get donations for every hour they spend in the cold. They're raising money for Blessings Under The Bridge which helps to feed up to 400 homeless people every week in Spokane. Each person taking part is grabbing cardboard and finding a spot to sleep. "To put yourself in somebody else's shoes to really walk ...

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Spokane Police search for thieves at new shop

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:47:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are looking for the thieves who kicked down the door of a brand new men's boutique shop on Monroe. They stole what they could and left significant damage. However, the owners of Kingsley & Scout aren't letting this situation get them down.   Nick Lewis says just four months into opening up the business with his friend, they were doing pretty well. Though, last Thursday was a little hard to swallow. 

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Wenatchee fire crews battle blaze at Phillippi Fruit Co.

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:58:00 EDT

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Fire crews in Wenatchee battled a 2-alarm fire that broke out at Phillippi Fruit Co. The city of Wenatchee tweeted out a picture of a giant blaze Friday evening, asking residents to avoid the area. The fruit company is located on Fifth Street.  One lane is open to traffic. Chelan County Public Utility District shut off electricity in the area to 660 customers so firefighter could battle the flames. No injuries have been reported.

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Dedicated fans drive 900 miles to cheer on the Zags

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:10:00 EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jack, Cameron, Ryan and Sam- four friends who drove 900 miles on a whim to watch the Zags take on West Virginia. “We bought the tickets Tuesday night and left Wednesday,” they said. 15 hours later they arrived in San Jose just in time to see their Zags win. And now it’s only fair that they want to see them go all the way. With faith in mind and homework to the side, they will cheer loud enough so even their friends in Spokane can hear them. 

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The soundtrack to Gonzaga basketball

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:45:00 EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. - It’s more than just the basketball team that hits the road for the NCAA tournament, I talked to a Gonzaga senior about being a part of the soundtrack behind the teams march madness run  Growing up in Spokane, watching the Zags Robert Perry has always been a Zag fan. Robert is one of 30 members of the bulldog band that spend countless hours of practice during the year- for a chance at an experience like the NCAA tournament.

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Woman reunites with her guardian angel

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:27:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman who thought she was going to die, miraculously survived when her car crashed into a ditch all thanks to a total stranger who saved her life. One month ago, Maria Libby was recovering from 21 staples and 32 stitches. “It was like I was scalped,” she said. She crashed after sliding on black ice. She thought the worst, but then a truck driver appeared. “What he did took a lot more than courage,” said Maria. 

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When Gonzaga basketball succeeds, Spokane succeeds

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga Athletic Director, Mike Roth, said it best in 1999. “I think that over the next couple years we will see the effects of this,” said Roth following the Bulldogs first Elite Eight appearance. “We will see the effect in admissions, I think we will see the effect of the knowledge of who Gonzaga is, what we are, and where we are.” Roth was spot on. Applications at Gonzaga rose nearly 12 percent from fall of 1998 

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Volunteer pilots take to the skies to keep Spokane safe

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - An elite group of men and women help keep Spokane County safe- but you’ve got to keep an eye on the sky to catch these heroes in action. In tonight’s Hometown Hero, there is a group of men and women who don’t patrol from cars or even on the ground. That’s right, they are the inland Northwest’s eye in the sky.  High in the sky sits a team watching over the inland Northwest. Protecting, on call twenty four seven.

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Is online the future of grocery shopping?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:58:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Grocery shopping of the future? Well, not quiet, but close, Fred Meyer is now have a service where you order your groceries at your finger tips and then pick them up at the store. It’s called “Clicklist.” The Fred Meyer in Coeur d’Alene rolled out the service in October. All you do is order at your fingertips, workers shop for you, and all you have to do is select a time and date to come pick up the groceries 

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Students' ski trip bus catches fire, no one hurt

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:18:00 EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. - Firefighters in Billings, Montana say a bus carrying 26 students on a ski trip caught fire as it made its way up the steep road to Red Lodge Mountain. Everyone on board was able to safely escape before the bus became fully engulfed in flames on Ski Run Road on Friday morning. Firefighters say they believe the engine overheated and caught fire. Another bus from a different school district was passing by, and offered to take the students up the m...

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6 Questions: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:56:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson stopped by KHQ on Friday to talk with Kalae Chock about various topics, including marijuana, potentially running for Governor and his lawsuit against President Trump. 

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Idaho Department of Labor offers credit monitoring for customers affected by data breach

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Department of Labor has set up a toll-free phone number for customers who have additional questions about the recent data breach involving America's Job Link (AJL), a Kansas-based, multi-state system that operates the Idaho Department of Labor's IdahoWorks job search engine.  The phone number is 1-844-469-3939 and will be manned form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday-Friday. AJL has agreed to 

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Trial of 2 psychologists over CIA torture pushed to Sept.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:49:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The civil trial of two psychologists who developed the harsh interrogation methods in the government's war on terror has been moved back to Sept. 5 in Spokane, Washington. U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush moved the trial date this week because of disputes over access to top-secret documents sought by the defendants. Attorneys for the two psychologists, whose company was based in Spokane, argued in documents filed this week tha...

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Former Pasco Police officer Richard Aguirre found not guilty of rape and sexual assault

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:44:00 EDT

PASCO, Wash. - A jury has found former Pasco Police officer Richard Aguirre not guilty in his second trial. The verdict came in Thursday evening. His retrial began Monday, and the jury made up of ten women and four men listened to arguments from both the prosecutor and defense. Each side recounted the events that took place in November 2014, where Aguirre was charged with rape in third degree and assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation.

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Dangers of driving on closed roads

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:19:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say it’s been an ongoing issue since the flooding began and road closures were put in place – people seem to move the roadblocks or drive around them. KHQ went to Upriver Drive right by the Green Street bridge, and found five people go through or around the blocks and over the flooded roadway in the span of an hour. “You're taking your own life into your hands by driving through the water,” says Officer Joshua 

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Recognize this ring? Spokane Police ask for public’s help identifying victim

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:34:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Does the turquoise ring in the picture look familiar to you? Spokane Police are asking for your help in identifying a woman who jumped into the Spokane River Monday, March 20th.  She was wearing the ring on her right ring finger.  Officers say she is white, 50-60 years old, 5-00” tall, 180 lbs, with short brown hair.  She had no tattoos and was wearing dentures.  If you have any information on the identity of this woman, 

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Law enforcement looking for woman involved with credit card, identity theft

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:52:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Property Crimes Task Force Detectives are investigating the criminal activities of 39-year-old Shannon L. Shelton. Investigators have been attempting to contact Shelton after they learned she was involved with the theft of credit cards/checks, resulting in several incidents of identity theft. Spokane County Sheriff's Office says the incidents also resulted in multiple fraudulent charges, totaling several thousands 

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Flood damage might cost millions to repair

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It could take millions of dollars to repair the county roads. That's what Spokane County is estimating based on the damage from this year's snowpack and the rain and flooding that won't seem to quit. The county remains under a state of emergency with dozens of roads staying closed because of undriveable conditions. Parts of the county roads are eroding and some are just disappearing. The county says a few of the roads 

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Top-seeded Gonzaga survives for 61-58 win over West Virginia

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:20:00 EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final. On a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets, Mathews delivered the big shot that sent the Bulldogs (35-1) to their third Elite Eight in school history. It didn't come easily. West Virginia (29-8...

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Coeur d'Alene olympian strikes gold

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:55:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Nathan Smalley has skied for most of life, and anyone you talk to, he’s always had an enthusiasm for life. He has an intellectual disability and competes in the Special Olympics. Well, this is his first time at the World Games and could you believe it? He struck Gold. He won Gold in Alpine Skiing Advanced Giant Slalom and Silver in Advanced Slalom. Smalley says he dedicates the victories to his mother who passed away several years ago.

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Hackers put Idaho job-seekers at risk

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:19:00 EDT

NORTH IDAHO - The Idaho Department of Labor says hackers have compromised more than a third of its 530,000 customers details. Those details include your name, date of birth, and your social security number. The website, labor. Idaho. gov, is used to help job seekers find work. Camille Clark says she’s used the service in the past. "I mean that's a lot, a lot of information. Pretty much everyone in Idaho uses that,” she said. Clark says she 

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Property crime crackdown leads to two significant arrests in Spokane County

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:50:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - When Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told KHQ’s Dan Kleckner that he would arrest every property crime offender he could get his hands on, he wasn’t messing around. Since adding additional resources to help crackdown on property crime, deputies have arrested at least two well-known offenders. Twenty-one-year-old Tyler Peterson was arrested on March 9th for Possession of a Motor Vehicle. Investigators were 

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New squadron of tankers welcomed at Fairchild Air Force Base

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:43:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Fairchild Air Force Base is adding to its collection of tankers. The base welcomed nine air refueling tankers and their personnel from McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas Thursday. Fairchild Air Force Base posted to their Facebook page Monday that the 384th Air Refueling Squadron would be joining the 92nd Air Refueling Wing on March 23. According to our partners at the Spokesman-Review, the 384th Air Refueling 

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Racist fliers found in Sandpoint, Idaho

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:37:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - According to Sandpoint Police, racist fliers have been distributed in Sandpoint, Idaho. A KHQ viewer initially alerted us to the fliers and sent us a copy of one. The fliers have the photo of a smiling Caucasian family at the top and say, "Don't believe Jewish & Liberal LIES. RACE IS REAL. Keep Idaho safe... Keep Idaho clean... Keep Idaho WHITE."

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Convicted felons lead police to stolen firearms, ammunition

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:18:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nine time convicted felon Joseph W. Thomas, and four time convicted felon Yasmine R. Garrett were recently arrested by Spokane Police after the investigation of a vehicle prowling led to a downtown area motel filled with stolen firearms. Officers say they recovered a stolen vehicle from the area of 2nd/Division, numerous stolen firearms, and nearly 10,000 rounds of live ammunition out of a room in the Downtowner Motel.

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WATCH: Little girl steals Pope's cap

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:02:00 EDT

VATICAN CITY - A little girl will have quite the story to tell for the rest of her life after she swipe's Pope Francis' skull cap on Wednesday. The Pontiff was kissing and blessing children after the weekly general audience when a man approached the railing carrying the young girl. The Pope gave the girl a kiss and she went straight for his skull cap.

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170,000 job seekers compromised by Department of Labor hack

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:38:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Labor says about 170,000 of the state's 530,000 job-seeker accounts have been compromised by a hacking incident. The Idaho Statesman reports that the agency said Wednesday that the accounts were compromised on Mach 12 and March 13. The hack involved America's Job Link, a Kansas-based system that operates the department's IdahoWorks job search engine.

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Till debt do us part (sponsored)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:18:00 EST

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PHOTOS: National Puppy Day!

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - March 23 is National Puppy Day and we'll take any excuse to post adorable pictures of dogs and puppies!  So here are a few hundred photos of pups and dogs sent in by our viewers to look through.  Having a bad day? Look at puppies! Having a good day? Look at puppies!  Dogs are the best and make everything better!  

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Video shows bus driver on blocked, flooded road

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:59:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A school bus driver in Spokane is in the hot seat after a video shows the driver going through a closed and flooded road with a bus full of kids. It happened under the Greene Street bridge at Upriver Drive. People have been going up to the blockade to take pictures of the historic flood event, like Laura Robinson.

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Authorities apprehend kayaking burglar suspect

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:13:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a man suspected of burglarizing boathouses by kayak was caught after hiding in the Duwamish River in Seattle.      Seattle police say someone called to report the suspect inside a boathouse on the 100 block of Southwest Klickitat Way Wednesday morning.

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Fear the beard: The Gonzaga Bulldogs' secret weapon?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:07:00 EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif.  - The Gonzaga basketball program has a long, storied history of hair, from Ronny Turiaf's fro, to Adam Morrison's mustache -- and now Przemek Karnowski's beard. Not only does it have its own Twitter account now, it's also graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. It's so popular, some players are even trying to imitate the famous follicles.

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UPDATE: Mudslide closes Highway 95 near Bonners Ferry

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:42:00 EDT

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho - Last night at about 8:40 PM emergency Crews from Sheriff’s Office, South Boundary Fire, Emergency Management and Idaho Department of Transportation responded to a mud slide at mile 498 on Highway 95. The slide of mud and trees completely blocked Highway 95 to a depth of ten feet and 75 feet wide. 

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Kootenai County declares flood emergency

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:41:00 EDT

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners has declared a flood disaster emergency in the county because high levels of spring runoff has caused widespread flooding. The declaration acknowledges that flooding has caused damage to property and that more damage is possible. It also says that additional resources may be needed to provide emergency management services.

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Crews monitoring high water at Upriver Dam

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane city spokesman says the city has not had water this high in decades and are giving special consideration to the Upriver Dam. Right now, crews are monitoring the dam. One of their biggest concerns is the debris left over in the river, but they can only clean it up once the water levels go down.

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Labor Department notifying IdahoWorks customers impacted by data breach

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:01:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Labor reports that about 170,000 of the department's 530,000 job-seeker accounts -- both active and inactive -- were compromised by a hacking incident on March 12 and 13 involving America's Job Link, a Kansas-based, multi-state system that operates the department's IdahoWorks job search engine.

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Zags fans root for their team in enemy territory

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:34:00 EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs to to the court for the first time in California on Wednesday.  Growing up in Quincy, Washington, Susan Avilla says she was hoping and praying Gonzaga would make it through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament so she could see her Zags play in her new hometown.

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PHOTOS: 'Suspicious packages' found at downtown Spokane gas station

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:09:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police blocked off roads in the area of 2nd and Browne in downtown Spokane Wednesday afternoon after two "suspicious packages" were found at a gas station. An explosive disposal unit was called to the scene.

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Body of missing Idaho man found in Kootenai River

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:35:00 EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) - The body of an Idaho man who slipped into the Kootenai River near Troy in December has been recovered.      Lincoln County authorities say Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees spotted the body in the water and called dispatchers. The body of 41-year-old Trevor Applegate of Bonners Ferry was recovered around noon on Wednesday.

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Tests show biodiesel spilled into Columbia River

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:22:00 EDT

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - State officials say tests confirm it was biodiesel that spilled into the Columbia River near Wenatchee last week.      The Department of Ecology said Wednesday that investigators can now narrow their search for the source of the spill. The oil sheen stretched about a mile-long and 20-feet wide over the weekend.

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Inslee to speak at United Nations about climate change

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:11:00 EDT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will appear at the United Nations to talk about climate change.      Inslee was flying to New York Wednesday and was to speak before the U.N.'s General Assembly Thursday. His office says he will appear on a panel and speak "about the role West Coast states will play in the global effort on climate change and sustainable development."

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WSU student hopes his rapping skills score an internship with Jimmy Fallon

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:29:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. - Finding a way to make yourself stand out among the countless cover letters and resumes that employers pour over to find an intern can be difficult. Washington State University student Jake Sirianni has found a way to make a lasting impression. He recently applied for an internship with The Tonight Show. To showcase his talents and enhance the odds of getting picked, he rewrote 'Blackalicious Alphabet Aerobics'

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Spokane mayor declares flooding emergency, closes river

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:54:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor David Condon has declared an emergency, closing the Spokane River through the city of Spokane and authorized additional city resources to address localized flooding caused by rising river levels fueled by the wettest winter on record. Current National Weather Service models shows the river will most likely crest Tuesday night, at nearly 43,000 cubic feet per second. Water levels are expected to remain above flood stage up into next week.

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Sagle man, son caught in Idaho mudslide

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:45:00 EDT

SAGLE, Idaho - "It sounded like a jet engine coming down the hill, it sounded like a jet engine that wasn't going to make a landing," Chris Gay said. A large boulder, mud, and downed trees all make up Chris Gay and his family's front yard. On Saturday, Chris and his family were outside. "Mom yelled 'run! That's a mudslide, get in the house," Gay said.

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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, March 21st

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:46:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, March 21st.

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Investigation into possible Spokane serial killer in the making continues

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ continues to dig deeper into the possibility of a serial killer in the making in the Inland Northwest. According to police records, detectives believe one man is involved in the disappearance of one woman, the dismemberment of another and the strangulation of a third. We now know, a decade old crime, may also be linked.

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Take the test: Is your dog a genius?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you have a dog, chances are you think it's the greatest. But is it the smartest? That's one of the things a new test can figure out. A doctor and animal behavior specialist in North Carolina has created Dognition -- a website that includes a series of interactive games to play with your dog.

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Pothole payout: How easy is it to be reimbursed for pothole damage?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:19:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The city of Spokane has a pothole problem. that's no secret. But is there a pothole payout? We're working to find out just how many pothole claims have been filed this pothole season. We spoke with one man who says he filed a claim but is still waiting to hear back. Ronald Leake has had a bad month.

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Neighbors help neighbors as flooding concerns continue

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:16:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane River is closed within city limits and unincorporated parts of Spokane because the waters levels are too high and dangerous. This flooding is also impacting neighborhoods, specifically those along Upriver Drive and Peaceful Valley. “This morning the water was way up and it was coming across the park just really fast,” Lucille Arnold says.

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Students celebrate classmate with 'funky socks' for Down Syndrome Day

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:20:00 EDT

Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down Syndrome. Today is Down Syndrome Day, and Lexi Burgan shares her special day with her classmates- by wearing funky socks.  The socks are meant to prompt people to ask questions and learn about Down Syndrome. Lexi's classmates wear the socks Lexi and her mom made with pride, knowing what makes Lexi different, what makes her special. "She was in my class last year," said Ria.  "We h...

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Idaho governor declares state of emergency in 7 counties due to flooding

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:54:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed  state disaster declarations for seven north central and north Idaho counties currently managing flood-related issues associated with snowmelt and ongoing precipitation. Residents of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah and Shoshone counties are preparing for, or responding to, flooding, landslides and avalanches.

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Prosecutors work out deal to release man convicted in 1996

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:26:00 EDT

(AP) - An Idaho man is expected to be released from prison after spending nearly half his life in a cell. The Post Register reports that attorneys for both the defense and the prosecution confirmed Monday that they have reached a deal that would release Chris Tapp from prison on Wednesday. Judge Alan Stephens must approve the deal. Tapp is currently in prison for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge. He was convicted after he confessed...

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2 people badly injured when Idaho church boiler explodes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:18:00 EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say two people sustained life-threatening injuries Tuesday when a boiler room at in an eastern Idaho church exploded. Television station KIDK reports the Pocatello Fire Department was notified of an explosion and fire at the First Congregational United Church of Christ about 2:15 p.m.  Few details were immediately available. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the boiler room, and two people with serious injuries w...

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Man with a history of breaking out of jail now back in jail

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:58:00 EDT

OSBURN, Idaho- The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office reports that Roy Bieluch is back in custody after being on the run since Friday night. The Sheriff's Office says an off-duty Deputy found Bieluch on Tuesday. Bieluch tried running from the deputy again, running back and forth across the freeway.

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The story behind Dicey: the die that appeared on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:30:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho- On Monday, thanks to flooding, the world was introduced to Dicey. Dicey was a single die that washed up onto the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene just outside the Resort. No one knew what it was or where it came from, but there were some interesting guesses.

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KHQ Investigates: Spokane serial killer in the making?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One woman is missing, another was found dismembered, and a third was sexually assaulted and left for dead. New documents reveal detectives believe the same man was connected to each case. So why has he only been charged with hurting one of them? KHQ poured over documents in this special investigation in search of answers for grieving families. "There is a part of your spirit so injured, that you never feel the same," said Jackie Forney,

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Spokane apartment complex prepares for flooding

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:42:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Edgewater Village on East Upriver Drive needs all the sandbagging help they can get. Neighbors there say they are worried about flooding in their apartments. Kelly Fordham has been in the area for five years.

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