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6:36 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Hillyard Opening Doors to Change With Police Precinct

Tuesday the Spokane Police Department opened its second official police precinct, right in the heart of the Hillyard neighborhood. It comes at the beginning of a wave of change for the old industrial area.

Business owners and residents stepped in from the rain for tours of the new precinct. 15 officers and staff, including a captain and three lieutenants, will eventually call the Hillyard station home-base. Police Chief Frank Straub says Hillyard has seen a recent drop in its crime percentage, but says actions will speak louder than statistics.

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Regional News
11:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Moscow Man Sentenced for Starvation Death of Boarder

A Moscow, Idaho man has pleaded guilty to neglect in the death of a 67-year old man in his care. 25-year old Charles W. Wright pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult. Two other felony charges were still pending.

68-year old Lee O. Pohrman died in November 2013 at a Moscow hospital. An autopsy listed malnutrition and starvation as the cause of death. A primary care provider at the Good Samaritan Village in Moscow said that Pohrman weighed a healthy 162 pounds when he voluntarily left the facility in April that year. When he died, Pohrman weighed 97 pounds.

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Regional News
4:01 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Spokane's $73M Summer Construction Underway

The new CSO facility on Northwest Boulevard will consist of a 900,000 gallon storage facility, and is aimed for completion in winter 2015.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Construction season has begun in eastern Washington. City of Spokane leaders stood along the Northwest Boulevard bluff Monday and announced more than 40 planned summer projects, including one along the bluff.

Mayor David Condon says the season’s projects will cost $73 million. The biggest of which is construction of a new CSO tank on Northwest Boulevard, and adjacent street-scaping. The will be the city’s 11th of 20 planned combined-sewer-overflow tanks.

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Regional News
1:07 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

State Legislators Focus on Weeds and Bees

A honeybee feeding on purple aster flowers.
Credit USGS: Elizabeth A. Sellers / USGS

Washington State lawmakers want to know if they can create a win-win deal in the battle against noxious weeds - that is to give honeybees - and the crops that depend on them - a helping hand while whacking aggressive weeds.

Washington bee keepers, faced with sudden and puzzling losses of entire colonies of the little pollinators, have asked state officials to to modify their unrestricted warfare against noxious weeds. That's because some varieties of voracious weeds are also pollen and nectar-rich, prime foraging plants for bees.

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Regional News
12:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Former Idaho Senator Fights Financial Fallout From Sex Sting

Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig's legal and money battles are not over, even eight years after he was arrested in an airport bathroom in a sex sting. About six months ago, Craig was ordered by a federal judge in Washington D-C to pay more than $242,000 to the U-S Treasury Department.

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Regional News
12:01 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Fed Court: EPA Failed On Spokane River PCB rules

Spokane and state health officials collaborated on a fish advisory for the river
Credit Spokane Regional Health District

A federal judge has sided with environmental groups and the Spokane Tribe in a case concerning pollution in the Spokane River. The case involves chemicals called PCB’s that have been linked to cancer and liver dysfunction for years. While the products were banned in manufacturing since the 1970’s, they still remain in the environment.

The Center for Environmental Law and Policy says the state and Federal EPA has failed to develop a policy for cleaning up PCB’s from the river. Monday, a federal court agreed with that assessment.

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Episode 9
3:00 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

CHAOS

For those collecting the entire set of “Men in Charge” episodes, this is the first full-episode-length sketch, CHAOS. Science Expert and host Anders Lurkawhile takes over the airwaves to talk over how insignificant human life and consciousness is; why the greatest creations of music, literature and art are just random mutations in the cultural gene pool; and how most of us will probably die. Guests and reporters include: Dr. Declan MacPogge of the St. Andrews’ Institute for Presbyterian Organic Chemistry; Annabeth Myserabel, host of “Animal, Vegetable, Myserabel”; Dr. Seymour J.

Audio Waves
3:28 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Widespread Panic Takes Over Spokane's Fox

Widespread Panic kicks off their 2015 tour in Boise and Spokane in March.
Credit Andy Tennille - All Eyes Media / Widespread Panic

(part of an occasional music series)

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Regional News
5:58 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

California Bishop Tapped For Role in Spokane

Bishop Thomas Daly spoke to reporters at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Catholic officials announced Thursday that Spokane has a new leader. The Pope has appointed Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly as the 7th Bishop of the Spokane diocese.

Bishop Daly has spent most of his life in California. He currently leads the diocese in San Jose, the nation’s 10th largest, with a notably progressive metro area. Daly made a quick trip to Spokane for the announcement.

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Thursday, March 12 2015
4:28 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

From the Studio: Uncharted Territory with Terrain and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Uncharted Territory

According to Terrain's Facebook post, "Uncharted Territory is a first-of-its-kind collaboration and fundraiser between the Spokane Symphony and Terrain, pairing some of Spokane’s most inspiring emerging musicians, thespians and authors with the full force and might of the Spokane Symphony." Conductor Jorge Uzcatagui, Charles Pepiton from the Gonzaga University Theater Department and Cameron La Plante of the Flying Spiders spoke with Verne this morning to introduce the program.

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