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3:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Two 4th District Farmers Run for Congress on Republican Ticket

Clint Didier at a debate at the Yakima Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Washington’s top-two primary system has given 4th district voters the choice between two Republican farmers in the upcoming congressional elections. Both men are campaigning as defenders of central Washington’s farm economy. But when it comes to agricultural policies, they find plenty to disagree about.

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Regional News
1:39 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tiny Drone Does Huge Job for City

Drone by GoPro, file photo.
Credit Flickr- Kevin Baird - https://flic.kr/p/mNJerU

A tiny aerial drone came to the rescue of Coeur d'Alene city engineers trying to inspect a huge city water tank last week. City water department officials are concerned about deterioration of a 160-foot tall structure they call the Prairie Standpipe. The giant monolith on the north side of town holds 2-million gallons of water. It's said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world.

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Regional News
1:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Geologists Sing a Happy Lidar Day Song

Washington State geologists working for the Department of Natural Resources threw themselves a party the other day. The earth scientists were celebrating what they called "Lidar"  day, a somewhat nerdy affair. Lidar is one of those acronyms favored by government agencies - It means light detection and ranging - a combination of laser and radar.

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Health Care
6:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Montana Hospital Set Up to Take Ebola Patients

There are thousand of hospitals in the U-S, but only four with isolation units suitable for isolating Ebola-infected patients. One of them is in the Inland Northwest, but not where you might expect to find it. It's Saint Patrick, a non-profit hospital in Missoula Montana, a town of about 69-thousand people not too far from the Idaho state line.

Saint Patrick has a special isolation wing to treat highly infectious patients. It's one of only four hospitals in the country so equipped.

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Vote 2014
10:07 am
Thu October 16, 2014

County Prosecutor Race Pits Establishment Against Reformer

Attorney Breean Beggs (left) and Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell.
Credit Brean Beggs campaign, Larry Haskell campaign.

The candidates for Spokane County Prosecutor represent a member of the establishment, and a challenger who says he wants to change the status quo. Larry Haskell has worked in the county prosecutor’s office since 1998, minus a three year stint in the Air Force following 9-11. He also spent a year working in the US attorney’s office in Spokane, working as an assistant U-S attorney.

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Vote 2014
7:34 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Funding and Campaign Finance Big Players For Sixth District Senate

Senator Michael Baumgartner (left) and challenger Rich Cowan.
Credit Washington State Legislature; Rich Cowan

The sixth-legislative-district senate race was the most expensive in state history in 2010. The district includes rural and urban voters, spanning from Spokane’s south hill west to Medical Lake. This year, Democrat Rich Cowan has challenged Republican incumbent Michael Baumgartner.

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City Beat
1:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Council Members Request State Money For River Cleanup, Med School

City Council member Jon Snyder spoke at City Hall about the legislative priorities being proposed to the city council Oct. 20th, and then to the state legislature. Also pictured (from left): Ken Roberts, Candace Mumm, Ben Stuckart, Jerry White of Spokane Riverkeeper.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

An integrated clean water plan, a medical school, and the North South Corridor. Those are the 2015 legislative priorities announced by a group of city council members at a news conference Wednesday. Council President Ben Stuckart and council members Candace Mumm and Jon Snyder released the two page list of state requests.

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Gay Rights and Laws
12:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Boise Lawyer Accuses Judges of Bias

File photo of rainbow flag.
Credit FLickr - Kevin Goebel / https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevingoebel/

A Boise lawyer for the state of Nevada in its struggle to ban gay marriages has lodged a rare complaint against the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - judicial bias. Monte Neal Stewart, who argued for Idaho Governor Butch Otter in that state's unsuccessful appeal on the gay marriage issue, filed a protest for Nevada against the panel of three judges chosen to hear the cases.

Over the past four years, he wrote, two judges on the three-judge panel heard nine of the eleven cases brought before the federal appeals court on the constitutional rights of gays.

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October 14 &16
10:58 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Public Forums

Tuesday, October 14:
It’s Your World: Responding and Adapting to a Changing Climate
Kent Caldera from the Carnegie Institute for Science and Noah Diffenbough from the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University describe the state of climate change science.

Regional News
12:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

No NW Cases, But Health District Tracking Ebola

The nearest cases of the Ebola virus to the northwest have been in Texas, but Washington health officials are on alert. Tuesday the Spokane Regional Health District sent out details for how staff would track cases of Ebola if they were being treated in Washington state. This includes a weekly chart of cases in the county, Washington, nation, and related deaths.

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