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Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown is hopeful that Congress can come up with some sort of plan to assist the children of illegal immigrants. Many of these children are in a state of limbo now that President Trump has overturned the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Brown says the latest version of the ‘Dream Act” that would grant a conditional green card to current DACA recipients sounds promising, but she worries what it might take for it to actually pass both houses of Congress:

Sheriff Advocates Press Commissioners Not to Cut Budget

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The Spokane County commissioners have warned that next year’s budget will be a lean one. State law allows them to go to the voters if they want to raise county property taxes by more than one percent. But they say they won’t do that because the state is going to impose its own property tax increase.

Commissioner Al French says the county will have to cut spending or find new sources of revenue to fill an estimated $9.5 million shortfall. The sheriff has been asked to trim his budget. But at a budget hearing last night (Tuesday), advocates said the commissioners have cut law enforcement enough.

This week, the Morning Classical program is previewing the upcoming Couer d'Alene Opera and Spokane Symphony co-production of "Carmen." This morning, Verne spoke with director, Jadd Davis and singers Jennifer Welch Babidge (Micaela, a village maiden), and Matt Hanscom (Escamillo). 

For more information about the show, and purchase tickets, please visit The Spokane Symphony website.

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A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington representative Joel Kretz. Kretz, the Republican Representative from the 7th district, has been cited by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, as inappropriately pressuring WSU officials to take action against a leading wolf researcher.

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When the Freeman School District, its students and parents began recovering from last week’s shooting, they had an empathetic resource to whom they could turn.

The superintendent of the Marysville School District came to eastern Washington to offer her support to Freeman. Marysville experienced its own fatal school shooting in 2014 and the superintendent thought she could contribute to Freeman’s healing.

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