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Proposed Newport Smelter Draws Praise, Criticism

Northeast Washington leaders say they hope a proposed silicon smelter will bring high paying jobs to an economically depressed part of the state. Many in the community of Newport aren’t so happy with the plan.

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Spokane Public Radio is part of the Northwest News Network (N3), a public radio collaboration in Washington, Oregon and Idaho working together to bring more news to our listeners.

November Membership Drawing: Holiday Light Show Packages

This month SPR members will have four chances to win a holiday package.

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The Spokane mayor and the county commissioners have signed a joint development agreement that halts urban sprawl, for now. Their development agreement opens the door for public feedback on growth. Mayor David Condon says the agreement is effective April 1st and stands for one year.

 

At the start of this year's wildfire season, some new research may prove unsettling for forest managers and property owners in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Wildfires in the western U.S. have been growing larger and more frequent over the past 30 years. And a team of geophysical researchers fears that trend will continue as climate change pushes up temperatures and droughts become more severe in coming decades.

 

In a long-running wage dispute between the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and hundreds of its disgruntled case workers, the state agency demanded to know the identities of whistle-blowing employees. In an unusual case, a federal appeals court panel firmly said "no."

Even though marijuana has been legalized in Washington State, that hasn’t prevented a Kettle Falls-area family from being charged in Federal court with marijuana manufacturing charges.

Federal DEA agents raided the rural property of 70 year old Larry Harvey and his 55 year old wife Rhonda Firestack-Harvey in August of 2012 and seized 44 immature marijuana plants.

It’s a big weekend for music lovers, Saturday is Record Store Day. Indie record stores nationwide are taking part in the event, and that holds true in Spokane. Bob Gallager runs the 4,000 Holes record store on north Monroe Street. He says the event started about six years ago, when Indie stores were looking to drum up more business, as the economy was starting to fade.

Firefighters Go Digital With Patient Medical Info

Apr 17, 2014

Firefighters in Spokane are phasing out a reporting system in place since the late 1800’s. As of Monday the Spokane Fire Department will collect patient information digitally, instead of by pen and paper. Since 1884, the department has recorded medical info on paper for patients in medical emergencies. Now, firefighters will pull out a tablet computer and type into software called Patient Care Reporting (ePCR).

 

Plans for a new span on the Columbia River I-5 corridor are dead, but some spending in the long and expensive planning process is rising zombie-like to bedevil the Washington State Department of Transportation. Washington State Auditor Troy Kelly has found more than $17-million in questionable - or undocumented - expenditures in the state's bill of $188-million for a long, fruitless study of a new bridge to link Washington and Oregon.

 

Inland Northwest Girl Scouts got a rare visit from their national CEO Wednesday. Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chavez gave the keynote address at the Spokane chapter’s annual leadership luncheon. With her direction, young girls are ignoring the label ‘bossy’.

 

Washington Senator Patty Murray leaned hard on the horn this week, trying to warn Congress that the federal highway trust fund is going broke faster than anyone thought. The Department of Transportation warned the trust fund will run out of gas completely by the end of August, rather than in October as first projected.

Moratorium Halts Future Drive-Thru’s on Hamilton

Apr 15, 2014

 

The Spokane city council made sure last night that a new McDonald’s restaurant will be the only drive-thru only business on the Hamilton corridor, at least for the near future. Monday night, council member Amber Waldref proposed a moratorium to prohibit certain business permits for the next six months.

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