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Washington Lawmaker Demands No Welfare for Weed Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:46:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2252-washington-lawmaker-demands-no-welfare-for-weed The US House gave a shout-out for Washington Congressman Dave Reichert this week - literally, a shout-out. Reichert, a west-side Republican and former county sheriff, wrote a bill to prohibit government welfare cards for being used to buy marijuana. Supporters called it the "no welfare for weed" bill. 2252 South Hill Rapist Loses Demand to Go Free Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:02:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2253-south-hill-rapist-loses-demand-to-go-free The man known as Spokane's notorious South Hill Rapist has struck out again in his latest bid to go free. Kevin Coe, now 67 years old, is locked up indefinitely at Washington State's McNeil Island facility for sex criminals. 2253 Legal Battle Re-Enacted on Constitution Day Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2255-legal-battle-re-enacted-on-constitution-day Idahoans will have a chance to weigh in on the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriages in a special statewide panel discussion sponsored by the University of Idaho. The televised debate Wednesday afternoon will feature lawyers on both sides of the contentious issue - two attorneys for same-sex couples who sued last year to overturn Idaho's law against same-sex marriages, and Governor Butch Otter's lawyer who argued to uphold the ban. 2255 ‘Smart Cards’ Bring Promise of Payment Security in Spokane Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2256-smart-cards-bring-promise-of-payment-security-in-spokane In light of security hacks at major retailers this year, local organizations have ramped up efforts to protect citizens. Among them, Spokane’s largest credit union will order ‘smart’ credit-cards for members. Over the next year STCU will roll out more than 62,000 credit cards with a special micro-chip.  2256 Military Radar Touted for Wildlife Safety Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2254-military-radar-touted-for-wildlife-safety A Boise high-tech company thinks it can help solve an old, low-tech problem - road collisions between vehicles and wildlife. The Sloan Security Technologies Company is talking with Idaho Transportation Department and Blaine County officials about installing mobile animal radar detection systems on a bad stretch of highway near Ketchum. 2254 Record Salmon Return on Columbia River Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2245-record-salmon-return-on-columbia-river The number of returning fall chinook salmon on the Columbia River this fall has taken a dramatic upswing. Over the weekend, 107,000 chinook climbed the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam. A spokesperson with the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Sara Thompson says those numbers set a new record. 2245 Northwest News Network (N3) - NEWS HERE Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:04:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2243-northwest-news-network-n3-news-here Regional news from the Northwest News Network 2243 Parking Maids Beef Up With Automatic Cameras Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:21:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2246-parking-maids-beef-up-with-automatic-cameras Stolen cars could be found faster, and people with outstanding parking tickets will be caught earlier too, thanks to a new city resolution. Monday, the city council voted 6-to-zero to give parking enforcement staff surveillance equipment. 2246 Ryan Crocker Calls for American Leadership to Blunt Islamic State Threat Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:05:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2244-ryan-crocker-calls-for-american-leadership-to-blunt-islamic-state-threat Former ambassador Ryan Crocker of Spokane issued a blunt call in a Wall Street Journal opinion article for President Obama to step forward and show leadership to confront the terrorists of the Islamic State. Crocker, who is now dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, didn't mince words in calling for this country - and the president personally - to step forward and show the world that we can and will move decisively, collectively and immediately against what he calls "Al Qaeda, Version 6-point-0." 2244 Bomb Maker Loses Challenge After Search of Prison Cell Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2241-bomb-maker-loses-challenge-after-search-of-prison-cell A Clarkston Washington man, in prison for making bombs and trying to give material support to terrorists, has lost a bid to go free after a search of his prison cell. 24-year old Joseph Jeffrey Brice, a college dropout, was sentenced two years ago for terrorism-related crimes. 2241 Federal Court Cases Become Spectator Event Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:48:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2238-federal-court-cases-become-spectator-event If spectator seats in a federal court could be sold like sports events, scalpers could make a fortune today in San Francisco. Gay marriage cases from four western states - Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii, are on the docket for judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear and later decide. Actually, probably only two of those cases will go to a full-court press, judicially - the cases from Idaho and Nevada. 2238 Small Bill, Big Congressional Hurdles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:33:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2235-small-bill-big-congressional-hurdles Not all bills introduced in Congress are broad in breadth or impact on a national, or even a state level. Some are downright microscopic. Here's an example. Three of Idaho's four congressional delegates have written a bill to strip away some land from the US Bureau of Land Management and transfer it to Idaho County, Idaho's largest political subdivision with more than 5-point-4 million acres. 2235 Blame Game Escalates in Oregon ACA Debacle Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:04:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2228-blame-game-escalates-in-oregon-aca-debacle A squabble over who's to blame for a debacle in Oregon's attempted roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has led to a suit against the state filed by the software company, Oracle. Oracle has filed a damage suit against the state in Portland federal court, claiming breach of contract. 2228 Small Washington Think Tank Could Be Pot Trailblazer Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2224-small-washington-think-tank-could-be-pot-trailblazer Washington's well-publicized experiment with legal marijuana is shadowed by a much quieter - and perhaps more important - experiment. A Brookings Institution researcher said the state has launched a knowledge experiment to weigh the potential and the pitfalls of its legalization policy. 2224 Northwest News Network (N3) - NEWS HERE Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:28:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2222-northwest-news-network-n3-news-here For access to Northwest News Network stories. 2222 Fickle Weather Douses Idaho Farmers' Hopes Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2223-fickle-weather-douses-idaho-farmers-hopes August was a crummy month for central and eastern Idaho wheat and barley farmers - and for beer drinkers. The problem was rain - too much of it at just the wrong time - harvest time. The Twin Falls agricultural region in southeastern Idaho got about two-and-a-half inches of rain in the first week of August, an amount that would be unremarkable in some parts of the country, but which was astonishing in an area which ordinarily gets 10 or 11 inches a year. 2223 ‘Fiesta Spokane’ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage in City Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2219-fiesta-spokane-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-in-city September will mark a first for Spokane- a celebration of Hispanic heritage hosted by the city. Fiesta Spokane will last all month, highlighting Hispanic culture in food, entertainment, and dancing. 2219 WSU Health Clinic Free of Religious Directives Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:04:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2215-wsu-health-clinic-free-of-religious-directives The bylaws for a new health clinic at Washington State University-Spokane will be amended to ensure the care and education provided within is free of religious health directives. Providence Health Care made the announcement Friday, two days after the American Civil Liberties Union urged the WSU Board of Regents to ensure separation of church and state. 2215 Nearly Double the Insurance Policies Offered In November Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:13:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2216-nearly-double-the-insurance-policies-offered-in-november The Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office says the number of polices offered under the state health exchange has been increased dramatically for the next enrollment period. The next enrollment period for people to sign up for health insurance coverage will begin in November. People can sign up for the first time, or switch from coverage they currently have. 2216 Debt-Buying Firm Runs Afoul of State Consumer Law Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:06:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2211-debt-buying-firm-runs-afoul-of-state-consumer-law One of the fastest growing industries in Washington - collecting bad debts - hit a speed bump Thursday thrown up by the state's high court. The high court justices ruled unanimously that a debt buying company is. In fact, a collection agency, and may not file collection lawsuits without a state license. 2211 Judges Wrangle Over Death Sentence Which Will Not Be Carried Out Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:56:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2210-judges-wrangle-over-death-sentence-which-will-not-be-carried-out For years now, state and federal courts have tied themselves in knots trying to decide if a Spokane man, Dwayne Woods, ought to be put to death for two brutal murders in Spokane Valley in 1996. But whatever the final decision is, Woods won't be executed any time soon. 2210 City Clerk Stratton Fills Opening on City Council Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:25:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2206-city-clerk-stratton-fills-opening-on-city-council City of Spokane clerk Karen Stratton will take a leave of absence as clerk and start her city council duties September 15th The Spokane City Council voted five-to-one to hire Stratton Monday night. Stratton says public service is in her blood.  2206 ACLU Says WSU-Spokane Should Refuse Religious Medical Doctrines Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:10:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2203-aclu-says-wsu-spokane-should-refuse-religious-medical-doctrines WSU-Spokane excitedly announced funding for six new medical residency spots in December. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington says the partnership that made the slots available could bind WSU to religious directives. The resident students will work in a medical clinic at WSU Spokane. 2203 Idaho Celebrates Water Rights Allocation Process Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2208-idaho-celebrates-water-rights-allocation-process With completion of a long, laborious legal process to figure out who owns what water in the Snake River basin, Idaho has become the first state to adjudicate water rights on a large scale. Completion of the process was so momentous that Idaho invited Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to preside over a celebration. 2208 ‘Smart Growth’ Lesson for Spokane County Leaders Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2204-smart-growth-lesson-for-spokane-county-leaders Spokane county leaders held their third meeting on growth management today (Wednesday), following the development freeze they instituted in April. The entire board of Spokane County Commissioners, Spokane City Council and Mayor are using the meetings to facilitate conversation. 2204 One Wolf Dead in Stevens County Wolf Hunt Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2209-one-wolf-dead-in-stevens-county-wolf-hunt The Washington department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized killing several members of a wolf pack that have been preying on Sheep in Stevens County. Fish and Wildlife officials say the Huckleberry wolf pack is believed responsible for the death of 22 sheep in an area between Hunters and Springdale, Northwest of Spokane. 2209 Footloose Wolf Needs His Batteries Recharged Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:14:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2212-footloose-wolf-needs-his-batteries-recharged While airborne hunters try to track and kill at least four wolves in Stevens County which are under a death sentence because of sheep depredation, a hunt will also be underway for a lone wolf in Oregon, But in the case of the world's most famous wolf, the idea is to re-collar him, not kill him. 2212 Spokane To Be Sisters With Central-Mexico City Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:19:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2205-spokane-to-be-sisters-with-central-mexico-city The lilac city will soon have ties to a trade hub in Mexico. The city of Spokane is working to become sister cities with a state capital in Mexico’s north-central region. Spokane has business, cultural, and educational links to Limerick, Ireland, Nishinomiya, Japan, and Jecheon, South Korea. Add San Luis Potosi to that list.  2205 Whidbey General Hospital Calls The Midwife To Help Reduce C-Sections Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2233-whidbey-general-hospital-calls-the-midwife-to-help-reduce-c-sections In Coupeville, Washington, Sarah Meyer is pressing a fetal Doppler on Christine Meyer’s belly to check the baby’s heart rate. Meyer, no relation to Christine, then checks her ankles for swelling. Christine is 25, and this is her first baby. She says she chose Whidbey General because the hospital offers what she was looking for – a midwife. 2233 Mayor’s Ice Bucket Challenge Preps Spokane For Gleason Fest Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:48:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2192-mayor-s-ice-bucket-challenge-preps-spokane-for-gleason-fest The mayor of Spokane and a couple dozen football players took the ice bucket challenge today, dumping buckets of ice water on their heads at Gonzaga Prep. The fundraiser asks people to dump a bucket on themselves, or donate for Lou Gehrig’s disease, otherwise known as ALS. It’s gone viral, and for the organizers of Spokane’s Gleason Fest, that’s a good thing. 2192