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2:48 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Re-cycled Rail Car Bridges Surf-Turf Conflict

A super-sized re-cycling project on a ranch near Clarkston Washington may prove to be a winner for fish and cattle. The problem for Ranchers Dick and Levi Luhn was how to keep their cattle from stomping through steelhead spawning grounds - and destroying the fish nests - in a small creek that runs between spring and winter grazing grounds. No only how to do it - but just as importantly, how to pay for it.

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Regional News
2:41 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Congressional Inaction May Doom Sales Tax Deductions

The United States Congress in session, 2014.
Credit Flickr- John Boehner / https://www.flickr.com/photos/speakerboehner/12224535683/

Washington State taxpayers who claim local and state sales tax deductions on their federal income tax filing could be in for a rude surprise next year. The short version is, Congress hasn't done anything about extending so-called tax extenders this year. And the sales tax deduction provision, along with many other such tax breaks, expired at the end of last year.

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The Gem State
12:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Railroad Wants New Train Bridge in Scenic Sandpoint

An oil train passes through Spokane County, WA in August 2014.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Railroad officials say they want to eliminate a bottleneck for rail traffic in the Inland Northwest. They have plans to build a second railway bridge in Northern Idaho. Scenic Sandpoint, Idaho is situated adjacent to Lake Pend Oreille. Currently there is one railroad bridge crossing the lake and heading into Sandpoint, but BNSF says the time has come to build a second adjacent bridge.

 Gus Melonas: “We're looking at fifty trains a day and they funnel through this area on the bridge, and if there is an issue with this bridge, that means trains back up in both directions.”

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Chronicling Cannabis
12:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Washington Lawmaker Demands No Welfare for Weed

File photo of a lit joint of marijuana.
Credit Flickr user: Presna 420 / https://www.flickr.com/photos/prensa420/

The US House gave a shout-out for Washington Congressman Dave Reichert this week - literally, a shout-out. Reichert, a west-side Republican and former county sheriff, wrote a bill to prohibit government welfare cards for being used to buy marijuana. Supporters called it the "no welfare for weed" bill.

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Regional News
12:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

South Hill Rapist Loses Demand to Go Free

Kevin Coe will remain in Washington State's Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. The Center treats approximately 300 men deemed likely to re-offend with sex crimes.
Credit Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times

The man known as Spokane's notorious South Hill Rapist has struck out again in his latest bid to go free. Kevin Coe, now 67 years old, is locked up indefinitely at Washington State's McNeil Island facility for sex criminals.

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Gay Rights and Laws
12:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Legal Battle Re-Enacted on Constitution Day

File photo of a rainbow flag, a symbol for the LGBT movement.
Credit Flickr - Kevin Goebel

Idahoans will have a chance to weigh in on the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriages in a special statewide panel discussion sponsored by the University of Idaho. The televised debate Wednesday afternoon will feature lawyers on both sides of the contentious issue - two attorneys for same-sex couples who sued last year to overturn Idaho's law against same-sex marriages, and Governor Butch Otter's lawyer who argued to uphold the ban.

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Riverpoint Update
12:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

WSU Plans Med School While UW Highlights Flaws

WSU Spokane's uses their newest building for pharmacy and much of the medical education on the Riverpoint campus now.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.

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Regional News
4:58 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

‘Smart Cards’ Bring Promise of Payment Security in Spokane

STCU promotional image of 'smart card' use at retail locations.
Credit STCU / https://stcu.org/smartchip.html

In light of security hacks at major retailers this year, local organizations have ramped up efforts to protect citizens. Among them, Spokane’s largest credit union will order ‘smart’ credit-cards for members. Over the next year STCU will roll out more than 62,000 credit cards with a special micro-chip.

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Arts and Music
12:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Interplayers to Merge with Lake City Playhouse

After some major financial problems, the board of directors at Interplayers is merging operations with the Lake City Playhouse of Coeur d’Alene. The merger, announced Monday, gives operational control of Interplayers to Lake City. The playhouse’s artistic director George Green will oversee both companies.

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Regional News
12:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Military Radar Touted for Wildlife Safety

A Boise high-tech company thinks it can help solve an old, low-tech problem - road collisions between vehicles and wildlife. The Sloan Security Technologies Company is talking with Idaho Transportation Department and Blaine County officials about installing mobile animal radar detection systems on a bad stretch of highway near Ketchum.

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