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Native America
8:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Colville Tribal Leader Wins Lifetime Music Award

Musician Jim Boyd.
Credit Jim Boyd Band, featured on APCMA website / http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/artists/jim-boyd-band/

A local Native American will be receiving a prestigious award for his music in New York this week. 58 year old Jim Boyd has been entertaining audiences for decades, and this week, will be honored with a Lifetime achievement award at the annual Native American Music Awards ceremony.

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Regional News
11:30 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Newest Spokane Storm Garden to Filter Water in Shadle Neighborhood

The Garland Avenue storm garden site mid-construction, in November 2014.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

As city planners work on the major goal of preventing untreated water from flowing into the river, an environmental group is overseeing one small part of the solution. The city contracted with the Lands Council to create a storm garden in the Shadle area.

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Regional News
11:31 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Transit Expert Gets Spokane Leaders Moving

Transportation officials in Spokane want other community leaders on board with expanding public transit. So, on Monday the Spokane Transit Authority held a leadership summit on their 10 year plan “STA Moving Forward”.

STA brought in Jarrett Walker of Jarrett Walker and Associates, who was a consultant for Spokane transportation plans in the 1990’s. Walker says the future of transit in Spokane hinges on the balance of funding for urban and non-urban routes.

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Veterans Day
12:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Idaho Veterans Narrowly Approve of VA Service

An American flag flies in southwest Idaho.
Credit Flickr - Laura Gilmore / https://flic.kr/p/7NfL5y

Most Idaho veterans think the agency set up to assist them after military service - the Department of Veterans Affairs - is doing a pretty good job overall. In a statewide survey of veterans, Idaho senior Senator Mike Crapo found that 51 percent of about a thousand respondents ranked their experience with the VA as satisfying or better.

But Crapo also stressed that a sizable portion, about 30 percent, said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the service - both medical and administrative - that they got.

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City Beat
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Condon Won’t Take Salary Raise, Calls for Citywide Review

Mayor Condon first addressed concerns about the proposed budget in October at a press conference.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

One month after Spokane city council members publicly dismissed the mayor’s proposed budget, on Monday Mayor David Condon dropped his plans to get a $7,000 raise. Condon proposed a three-step salary reform, and signed a waiver to give up his planned raise.

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The Gem State
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

A Freedom Tree Grows Again in Coeur d'Alene

Veterans Day ceremonies  in Coeur d'Alene will include dedication of a new Freedom Tree in the city's re-modeled McEuen Park. The city's original Freedom Tree, a graceful 65-foot Norway spruce, was felled last year because it was smack in the way of new construction for the McEuen Park makeover.

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GMOs
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

GMO Idaho Spud Wins US Approval

A steaming, baked Idaho potato.
Credit courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission

The US Department of Agriculture has quietly approved a genetically engineered food staple at the core of Idaho agriculture - the common spud. The J.R. Simplot company, based in Boise, has won approval for commercial planting of potatoes that are more resistant to bruising, and which produce less of a chemical called acrylamide when the potatoes are fried.

Both factors are important to Simplot - and to McDonald's - because Simplot is a major supplier of frozen French fries to the restaurant chain.

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Regional News
11:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Large Post Falls Employer to Shutter Plant

A major employer in Post Falls is shutting down its operation there, taking with it about 260 jobs. The Kimball office furniture plant will be phased out starting next year as the company consolidates operations at its Jasper, Indiana home plant.

A company spokesman said the decision was based on economics, since 80 percent of the company's market is east of the Rockies. He said Post Falls employees were told of the planned closure on Wednesday. They'll be offered a severance package and some assistance with job re-training or placement.

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Regional News
11:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

The Vote 2014: Election Specials

The Vote 2014: Reporters Wrap Up

  • Thursday, Nov. 6 | Noon on KPBX & KSFC | 9p on KSFC
  • Analysis of results from Steve Jackson, Paige Browning, and guests: Austin Jenkins of Northwest News Network, Jim Camden of Spokesman Review, Betsy Russell of Spokesman Review-Idaho

Media Partner for The Vote 2014 is The Journal of Business

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Elections 2014
4:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Spokane County Elections Follow National Trend

Credit Brean Beggs campaign, Larry Haskell campaign.

Tuesday’s election brought success for republicans in the US, Washington state, and in Spokane County. While voters nationwide watched republicans clench enough senate seats to control that chamber, voters in Washington saw the state senate turn to republican control. A few house seats are newly republican as well.

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