SPR News Feed - Spokane Public Radio http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed New website coming soon! In early July, all stories will be located on our new site. Stay tuned... Watermelon Hill Fire Update Shows Improvement Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:54:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2140-watermelon-hill-fire-update-shows-improvement In eastern Washington, the Watermelon Hill fire that started Friday is no longer threatening homes, but is creeping up to a resort area. The fire is burning about 7 miles southwest of Cheney, and grew into Spokane County over the weekend. 2140 Northwest News Network (N3) - NEWS HERE Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:08:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2138-northwest-news-network-n3-news-here For regional news from the Northwest News Network, daily updates are here... 2138 Campers, Brides, Crowd Turn Out for Spokane Pot Store Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:23:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2135-campers-brides-crowd-turn-out-for-spokane-pot-store Marijuana passed hands from cashier to customer Tuesday across the state. To mark the first day of legal weed sales statewide, Spokane Green Leaf opened its doors at 2:00. To say the least, it was not your average shopping experience. Mike Boyer camped overnight so he could be the first customer. 2135 Campers, Brides, Crowd Turn Out for Spokane Pot Store Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:23:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2136-campers-brides-crowd-turn-out-for-spokane-pot-store Marijuana passed hands from cashier to customer Tuesday across the state. To mark the first day of legal weed sales statewide, Spokane Green Leaf opened its doors at 2:00. To say the least, it was not your average shopping experience. Mike Boyer camped overnight so he could be the first customer. 2136 Washington Near the Bottom in Road Quality Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:11:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2130-washington-near-the-bottom-in-road-quality To ratchet up the pressure on Congress to replenish the nation's road-building fund, the White House on Monday released a state-by-state assessment of crummy roads and bridges. It probably won't surprise Spokane drivers, who are accustomed to being rattled and shaken by potholes, that Washington has some of the worst roads and bridges in the northwest. 2130 Idaho Congressman Shudders at the Idea of Joe Biden in the Oval Office Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:01:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2137-idaho-congressman-shudders-at-the-idea-of-joe-biden-in-the-oval-office If Sarah Palin thought she would get support from Tea Party House members in her campaign to impeach President Obama, she's been disappointed. Even Idaho's Raul Labrador, a Tea Party favorite, dismissed the possibility of an impeachment process against the president, at least this year. 2137 Vets Find Home Through Goodwill Grants Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:13:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2131-vets-find-home-through-goodwill-grants Officials from Goodwill Industries and the City of Spokane held a joint news conference today to announce three federal grants that will help offset homelessness. The funding totals more than eight-million dollars, and its all dedicated to housing for the homeless.  2131 State's Rights Issue Surfaces in Boulder-White Clouds Designation Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:24:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2129-state-s-rights-issue-surfaces-in-boulder-white-clouds-designation The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has voted unanimously to oppose creation of a national monument in the spectacular Boulder-White Clouds region of the Sawtooth Mountains. The reason? They fear loss of state control of fishing, hunting and ATV rules. 2129 Police Chief: ‘Public Health Crisis’ in Spokane Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:13:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2134-police-chief-public-health-crisis-in-spokane This week, law enforcement and mental health officials have been overloaded in the Inland Northwest. Two people in Spokane and two people in Post Falls have died from domestic violence attacks. These tragedies, plus a rise in self-harm cases, have officials putting the spotlight on mental health. 2134 Wildfire Money Neutralizes Partisan Politics Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:19:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2128-wildfire-money-neutralizes-partisan-politics There's one sure way to unite congressional delegations from Idaho, Oregon and Washington, regardless of party affiliation. Warn them that money to fight wildfires is about to run out. Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, a liberal Democrat, was so shaken when he emerged from a White House briefing on wildfire season funding that he urged support for a bill written by an Idaho conservative Republican, Mike Simpson. 2128 First Spokane Pot Buyer Fired From Job Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:04:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2107-first-spokane-pot-buyer-fired-from-job A man who waited in line overnight to be the first customer at Spokane's first legal marijuana shop says he has since been fired from his job. But, the company says that’s not entirely true. 2107 Where's the local news? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2105-where-s-the-local-news We are transitioning to a (fantastic) new website this week. Thank you for bearing with us during the transition. Until then, please call or email us to access certain news stories you heard on air: (800)-328-5729, kpbx@kpbx.org Thank you! 2105 Inslee Proposes Fish Consumption Rates and Cancer Rates Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:43:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2119-inslee-proposes-fish-consumption-rates-and-cancer-rates Washington Governor Jay Inslee is proposing new water quality standards that are designed to limit hazardous chemicals released into area waterways. The Governors proposal, announced Wednesday, would improve water quality by establishing new standards that will give more authority to the Department of Ecology. 2119 Hospital Shooting Highlights Spokane’s Mental Health Needs Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:42:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2133-hospital-shooting-highlights-spokane-s-mental-health-needs Police say Tuesday, Chris Henderson arrived at his wife Sheena Henderson’s work, at Deaconess Medical Center, and shot her, then himself. They had two children, who are now with relatives. Officers say this is an example of a regional need for mental health resources. 2133 Idaho Voters Would OK Higher Road, Bridge Taxes Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2127-idaho-voters-would-ok-higher-road-bridge-taxes For many Idaho lawmakers, the word "tax" is a four-letter word. So it may surprise them to discover that most Idaho voters would be willing to absorb tax increases to pay for good roads and bridges. The University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research found out through telephone polling last spring that boosting spending on highways and bridges should be among the legislature's top three priorities. 2127 Pot Still Banned in Some Washington Towns Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2120-pot-still-banned-in-some-washington-towns Tuesday was the first day legal recreational marijuana went on sale in Washington. But as when alcohol first became legal after prohibition, there are some areas of the state where sales have been prohibited. Several counties and municipalities have decided that recreational marijuana sales will be banned, despite the public vote to approve Initiative 502. 2120 Six More Med School Grads Now Training in Spokane Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:06:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2106-six-more-med-school-grads-now-training-in-spokane When medical students graduate, they must complete at least three years of a physician training program, called a residency. Historically, there are not many residency slots in Spokane, but a health consortium is trying to change that. Through their effort, six new residents began their training this month. 2106 Copper Causes Clash in Methow Valley Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2126-copper-causes-clash-in-methow-valley A new round in an old fight may be opening in Washington's scenic Methow Valley - a clash between economics and the environment. A Canadian mining company plans to test drill for copper on national forest service land near Mazama in the Methow Valley. 2126 Washington's Sasquatch Defies Discovery Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:03:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2125-washington-s-sasquatch-defies-discovery It's been a bummer of a week for Sasquatch or Bigfoot fans. Leave it to a bunch of dry academic killjoys to squatch, as it were, offerings of physical evidence that Sasquatch exists. An Oxford University professor studied 57 samples of hair or skin, purportedly from mysterious creatures in the Cascades or as far as the Himalayas, and they all fizzled out. 2125 How Washington Married 3,500 Gay Couples on One Day Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:14:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2132-how-washington-married-3-500-gay-couples-on-one-day More than three thousand same-sex couples can say Monday was their wedding day in Washington. The marriages came not through ceremonies, but by paperwork for people in domestic partnerships. 2132 Pot Brownies to Have Labels, For Safety's Sake Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:42:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2123-pot-brownies-to-have-labels-for-safety-s-sake Marijuana sales are soon to begin for the general public in Washington State. But state officials who regulate the products say they want to make sure those who might purchase edible marijuana products are safe. State officials say they are concerned that there may be some folks who are not prepared for the experience of eating cannabis products in the form of cookies or candies. 2123 Water Fight Still Simmering In Idaho Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:44:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2124-water-fight-still-simmering-in-idaho Two old foes are battling again before an Idaho government agency. The prize is water. In arid southern and southeastern Idaho, junior and senior water rights holders are still locked in an ongoing struggle over scarce water.  2124 Coeur d'Alene Tribe Wins Poker Court Case Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:38:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2118-coeur-d-alene-tribe-wins-poker-court-case The Coeur d'Alene tribe is celebrating a victory with a US district court ruling concerning a poker game offered at their Worley, Idaho casino, but it’s still uncertain how the issue will be resolved. Last week, Chief Judge B Lynn Winmill ruled that the Coeur d'Alene tribe was correct in it’s read of the 1992 gaming compact between it and the State of Idaho. 2118 Officials Discuss Where Pot Shops Can Open Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:19:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2122-officials-discuss-where-pot-shops-can-open Marijuana will likely go on sale legally in the Spokane area as soon as the first full week of July. Yhree licensees have been approved for Spokane after a final inspection. Ironically, none have yet been approved for the Seattle area. Some questions remain over the location of stores and producers. 2122 ‘Christmas In June’, Hoopfest Turns 25 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:26:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2098-christmas-in-june-hoopfest-turns-25 When the backboards go up and the sneakers are laced this weekend, it will mark the 25th anniversary of Spokane’s Hoopfest. It has remained the world’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament, and the organizers have a few things planned to celebrate. 2098 Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:41:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2093-northwest-wheat-harvest-could-be-down-this-summer Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. The wheat harvest forecast has a lot to do with the weather forecast. 2093 Native Americans Start Summer Break in the Lab Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:41:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2094-native-americans-start-summer-break-in-the-lab Native Americans have a statistically low presence in the health care profession, so for the past 19 years, a WSU educator has worked to change that. This month is her annual institute in Spokane for teens interested in health sciences. 2094 Does Idaho GOP’s Inner Turmoil Matter Outside Political Circles? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:39:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2092-does-idaho-gop-s-inner-turmoil-matter-outside-political-circles Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party gathered over the weekend in Moscow. It was a much calmer event than the Republican convention the week before. That convention left Idaho Republicans still debating who the party chair is after their convention devolved in chaos. And they still don’t have a new platform. 2092 Another Large Bee Die-off Attributed to Pesticides Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:37:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2091-another-large-bee-die-off-attributed-to-pesticides Hundreds of honey bees and bumblebees died at a Eugene apartment complex Tuesday after trees on the property were sprayed with pesticides. The state is investigating. The State Department of Agriculture found out about the bee deaths from a TV report and sent an investigator out Wednesday. 2091 Idaho Congressman’s Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2089-idaho-congressman-s-long-shot-bid-for-majority-leader-signals-tea-party-unrest Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador lost his bid Thursday for majority leader of the House. Kevin McCarthy of California will take the seat Eric Cantor is vacating next month. But the run may not be a complete loss for Idaho’s ultra-conservative Congressman. 2089