Washington Candidates For Governor Debate Guns, Taxes and Traffic

In their second debate, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger Bill Bryant sparred over taxes, education funding, transportation and the state’s response to homelessness.But in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Cascade Mall in Skagit County, gun violence was the first issue the candidates were asked to address.
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Enjoy one of Spokane’s own bluegrass bands this fall at the next free KPBX Kids’ Concert.  Heartbreak Pass plays a free concert for kids of all ages at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 in River Park Square, 808 W. Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.

Heartbreak Pass has been one of the Inland Northwest's favorite bands since it started in 2008. They have evolved from traditional bluegrass to include an eclectic blend of Americana. Stan Hall takes care of the guitar duties, Singer Coats joins in on mandolin, and the soulful but lively Bonnie Bliss covers bass and vocals.

Bonnie Bliss has experience with a variety of music but focuses on the bluegrass style.  She has been singing and playing music most of her life.  Stan Hall is a seasoned guitarist and has played with many Inland Northwest regional bands over the years.  He also composes many original songs in addition to his performing.

A free kids’ craft activity will also be provided by Mobius Children’s Museum at the concert. This concert is free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

A new study of violent behavior in more than 1,000 mammal species found the meerkat is the mammal most likely to be murdered by one of its own kind.

The study, led by José María Gómez of the University of Grenada in Spain and published Wednesday in the journal Nature, analyzed more than 4 million deaths among 1,024 mammal species and compared them to findings in 600 studies of violence among humans from ancient times until today.

The findings tell us two things:

U.S Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the U.S. has agreed to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, in anticipation of the major upcoming operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

These additional troops "will increase the number of U.S. forces in Iraq to around 5,000," NPR's Tom Bowman told our Newscast unit. American troop levels in Iraq peaked at 170,000 in November 2007.

Life changed as Sadiik Yusuf knew it about two years ago, when the FBI appeared at his front door in Minneapolis to tell him his son Abdullahi had been stopped at the airport, suspected of trying to board a flight that would take him to Syria to fight with ISIS.

It's believed to be a first — and it certainly came as a surprise: Ancient Roman coins have been found in the ruins of a castle in Okinawa, Japan, that dates to the 12th and 15th centuries. The copper coins were found in 2013; X-ray analysis shows that they bear an image of Constantine the Great.

On Tuesday, after a less-than-stellar debate performance, Donald Trump returned to using one of his favorite measurements to mask his missteps on Monday night — the polls.

After nearly seven months of bickering and finger-pointing, Congress on Wednesday agreed to allocate $1.1 billion to help fight the spread and effects of the Zika virus.

The deal is part of a broader agreement to continue to fund the government after the fiscal year ends on Friday and the current budget expires.

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