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Jews Mark the First Night of Hanukkah (Dec. 12)

Jewish people begin the celebration of Hanukkah tonight (Tuesday). Some also refer to it as the Festival of Lights. It’s the first of an eight-day commemoration.

Rabbi Tamar Malino from Spokane’s Temple Beth Shalom says Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the ancient temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 BCE, for Before Common Era.

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Open House and Live Community Call-in - 12/6/17

Spokane Public Radio held an open house on Wednesday, December 6th from 4-6 pm.

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The next KPBX Kids' Concert will feature the Spokane Youth Symphony doing songs for kids, performed by kids. The free concert will take place at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane and will start at 1pm.

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein faces questions Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the investigation into Russia's election interference, he is certain to be asked about unflattering text messages exchanged by FBI agents about then-candidate Donald Trump.

In the text messages between agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Trump is referred to several times as an "idiot."

The unmanned aircraft industry cluster in the Columbia River Gorge is growing yet again. An Australian company that specializes in drone engines plans to open a factory in Hood River, Oregon, early next year.

 

Jews Mark the First Night of Hanukkah (Dec. 12)

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Jewish people begin the celebration of Hanukkah tonight (Tuesday). Some also refer to it as the Festival of Lights. It’s the first of an eight-day commemoration.

Rabbi Tamar Malino from Spokane’s Temple Beth Shalom says Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the ancient temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 BCE, for Before Common Era.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament. This marks a significant change in a approach for Tillerson, who has spent much of this year working on the pressure campaign to cut off financial resources for the North Korean nuclear program.

How much would you pay to avoid traffic jams on your daily commute? $10? $20? How about $40?

That's how much a tollway in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., charged for a short time last week. Outraged commuters call it highway robbery.

But transportation officials say the high-priced toll is less about money and more about changing commuter behavior and reducing congestion, and commuters all across the country might soon see more tolls in the future.

An international team of scientists have announced the discovery of a previously unknown species of prehistoric penguin.

The bird waddled around off the east coast of New Zealand between 55 and 60 million years ago. And it was a giant as far as penguins go. The researchers estimate that it probably weighed about 220 pounds and was around 5 feet 10 inches tall.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

North Carolina band Blame the Youth has been playing together in and around Charlotte for three years.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to enter negotiations with North Korea without requiring that it agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program. The willingness to engage in talks without that understanding is a significant change in the U.S. approach.

It's time to find out what, if anything, our "mysterious interloper" has to say.

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