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Fall 2014 Membership Drive
5:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

3x3 Oct 24: Sustaining Members Keep SPR Going

Busy pledge room early Friday morning

To start the slide show of Pledge Central photos, click on the image of lovely volunteers above.

Breaking
1:11 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville Shooting: Debrief from Student Pick-up Area

From the Associated Press: MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A hospital says three victims are in critical condition after a school shooting near Seattle.  Providence Everett medical center spokeswoman Heidi Amrine said a total of four wounded students were brought to the hospital.  She says three were in very critical condition.  One considered stable was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police say a lone student shooter was dead after the attack at Marysville Pilchuck High School. 

From KUOW in Seattle:

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Washington Elections
1:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Sheriff Candidates Battle on Oversight, Jails, and Leadership

Current Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich (left) and challenger Detective Doug Orr.
Credit Courtesy Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes voters will elect him for a third term, but he’s up against a fellow republican and union-backed candidate, Doug Orr. The frosty relationship between the two candidates has grown out of disagreements on police oversight, the county jail, and leadership style.

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Programming
8:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

One Night Art Gallery with Tiffany Skidmore

  Verne interviews Tiffany Skidmore of the One Night Art Gallery, which will be at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5pm.

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Fall 2014 Membership Drive
8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

3x3 Oct 23: You Make a Difference

SPR's new Dalmation mascot (courtesy of a listener) oversees Pledge Central.

Day One of the three-by-three drive brought in dozens of volunteers and many phone calls from new and renewing members. Be sure to keep them busy by calling 328-5729 (outside Spokane, 1-800-328-5729) or pledge your support online.

Photos from Pledge Central are above: click on the photo of the cute Dalmation toy (our new SPR mascot thanks to a listener) to start the slide show.

Regional News
12:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Spokane: Second Best American Riverfront

A view from one of the Spokane River foot bridges, with the Riverfront Park pavilion behind.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Go ahead and soak in that view of the Spokane River if you drive past or across it this week. Spokane is rated as the number two city for best American riverfront. USA Today and the website 10 Best collaborated on the poll, naming the best city through votes by the public.

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Regional News
4:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

‘Reforest Spokane’ Work is Growing on Hangman Creek

More than 200 people will welcome the damp weather this weekend by planting trees in Spokane. The Lands Council hosts their 4th annual Reforest Spokane day Saturday at five locations along Hangman Creek.

When dozens of cars pull up Saturday morning, Lands Council staff will have about 1,000 trees ready to go into the ground. The holes will already be there, dug out by jail inmates this Friday. Conservation Programs Director Kat Hall says they focus on Hangman Creek because it’s a very degraded watershed.

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2014 Fall Fund Drive
4:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Three Days, Three Ways

For the last four pledge drives, Spokane Public Radio tried something new.  Instead of the 7- or 8-day fundraiser (which was a vast improvement from the 10 or 30 day drives of yore), we tried a one day event.  While we liked this format for a number of reasons, the numbers haven't held up to what they once were with the longer pledge-a-thons.  Our solution?  A three day compromise.

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Washington Elections
1:21 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

I-594 Worries Gun Show Dealers

File photo of shooting range, AK-47

There are dueling gun initiatives on the Washington state ballot this November. Initiative 594 would require background checks for all private gun sales. Initiative 591 would prohibit background checks unless mandated by the federal government.

Reporter Ryan Katz takes us inside a place where many guns are privately bought, sold and traded: A gun show.

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Vote 2014
12:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Spokane Valley House Race Pits Two Republicans At Odds

Republican candidate Josh Arritola (left) and Republican incumbent Matt Shea are running for 4th District State Representative.
Credit Arritola campaign website; WA legislature website

The 4th district representative seat in Washington pits the ultra conservative incumbent Matt Shea against a fellow Republican, Josh Arritola.

Arritola was raised in Spokane, a product of a broken home, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High school, and then received a scholarship to the University of Washington. After a stint in the Air Force, Arritola, became a business consultant, and now works in that capacity for companies in the oil and gas industry.

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