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Washington Elections
6:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Libertarian From Oregon Runs Against Spokane’s Representative Ormsby

Representative Timm Ormsby (left) and challenger Paul Delaney.
Credit Paige Browning photo of Ormsby; Washington Secretary of State photo of Delaney

An established democratic state representative and a libertarian with experience outside Washington give voters two very difference options this election. Representative Timm Ormsby squares off against Paul Delaney for the second state rep seat in district three, Spokane’s core.

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Regional News
2:49 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

County's Wastewater Treatment Permit Challenged

A vaguely worded state permit for Spokane County's new $173-million dollar wastewater treatment plant has been sent back for a do-over. A judge in Thurston County found that a permit issued in 2011 by the Ecology Department lacks any limits on discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls - PCBs for short - into the Spokane River.

The state Pollution Control Hearing Board held last year that the county facility was adding PCBs to river water, and that the state permit for the discharges was vague and unenforceable on PCB limits.

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Election Coverage
12:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Vote 2014: Election Specials

Tune in to KPBX and KSFC the Thursdays before and after Election Day for special programming surrounding issues and candidates.

The Vote 2014: Candidates and Issues

  • Thursday, Oct. 30 | Noon on KPBX & KSFC | 9p on KSFC
  • Local insight into election topics from Steve Jackson and Paige Browning

The Vote 2014: Reporters Wrap Up

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Washington Elections
12:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

US Congress: Tribal Leader Races Against GOP Favorite

GOP incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas
Credit Cathy McMorris Rodgers website; Joe Pakootas website

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been in Congress since 2004. Since that time she has had a solid lock on the fifth congressional district. This year she is being challenged by Colville Tribal Business Council leader Joe Pakootas.

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Regional News
12:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Fuel Prices Still Falling

Drivers in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane areas might have gotten whiplash this past week, driving by gasoline station posted prices.

The average price in Spokane is now hovering at about $3.23 a gallon for unleaded regular, but at least one 76 station at east Wellesley and Nevada was pumping it for $2.91 a gallon - a level unseen for about four years. And in Kootenai County, prices are almost universally below three dollars a gallon.

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Regional News
12:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Ideas Sought for State-Owned Railroad

The State of Washington is asking eastern Washingtonians to do some brainstorming about how to run its railroad. The state Department of Transportation is not just about roads and bridges and traffic cameras.

Since 2007, the state has owned nearly 300 miles of track in eastern Washington, most of it sloughed off by big railroads as they consolidated and got rid of unprofitable branches. But the lines were important to grain growers - thousands of them - to get their crops to market.

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Washington Elections
12:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Parks and Streets in Hands of Spokane County Voters

Proposed pavilion event center at night, design concept by Olson Kundig Architects.
Credit Olson Kundig Architects

Spokane County voters are being asked to approve two funding plans on the November ballot, one for county parks and one for street projects. They will not result in a tax increase, a fact widely advertised, but will extend the lifespan of existing taxes.

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KPBX History
3:19 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Garrison Keillor at KPBX

Garrison Keillor standing in the KPBX Performance Studio in 1984
Credit Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography

Back in 1984, Garrison Keillor visited Spokane and came by the KPBX studios on 2319 N Monroe Street. Photographer and SPR supporter Don Hamilton remembers it well; he documented the event with his camera.

During the Fall 2014 Pledge Drive, Don came by with a large print of the A Prairie Home Companion host standing in the performance studio.

Before showing staff the image, he crawled around the grand piano to get a photo of the same area of the same room, to show how much things have changed. And how much the room has stayed the same.

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Fall 2014 Membership Drive
5:00 am
Sat October 25, 2014

3x3 Oct 25: New Members Always Welcome

Kara, Chris, and Janine answer phones and take your pledge.

Click on the photo above for today's pictures from Pledge Central.

Be honest, how often do you turn on your radio? How often is it tuned to either KPBX, KSFC, or KPBZ? The point is it's ON, whether you've donated any money or not. So why should you become a member?

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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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