Washington Drought
Department of Ecology

Friday, Washington’s governor declared a drought emergency in about 44 percent of the state, and the Department of Ecology has taken the lead on preparedness.

  Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon present a preview of the Fourth Annual Get-Lit! Pie & Whiskey Reading. There will be pie. There will be whiskey. There will be readings about pie and whiskey! For more information, visit the Get-Lit! website.

  Eckart Preu stopped by the studio this morning to introduce the Spokane Symphony's 9th Classical concert of the season: Musical Sorcery. He also remembered Donald Thulean, conductor of the Spokane Symphony from 1962-1984, who passed away earlier this week.  

The Spokane Arts Commission has six new members and a new chair. Dean Davis of Dean Davis Photography became chair of the arts commission in January.

marijuana store
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The entire medical marijuana system in Washington will be going through some big changes. Governor Inslee has signed legislation that overhauls the way medical marijuana patients will get their prescription in the state.

Shar Lichty
Shar Lichty for Mayor

Spokane Mayor David Condon is up for election on the November ballot, and Shar Lichty has emerged as an opponent.  She’s a community organizer for Peace and Justice Action League and confirmed her candidacy this week.

Vaccine shot
Flickr / US Army Corps of Engineers

More students are complying with state law in the Spokane school district when it comes to immunizations. Washington state law says before a child can attend school , parents need to provide proof of immunization status, or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

For Washington anglers, spring has nothing to do with the equinox or cherry blossoms - it's all about the first day of the lowland lakes fishing season. The starting gun for the six-month lowland lakes fishing season fires on April 25 when hundreds of thousands of Washington anglers start going after catchable trout - mostly rainbows - and kokanee salmon.

A couple of Oregon lawmakers - both liberal Democrats - want to cut the federal tax burden for a small subset of entrepreneurs - marijuana growers and sellers. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Portland Representative Earl Blumenauer have zeroed in on a section of the IRS code.
Riverfront Park Master Plan

                                                                          story revised for accuracy 04/16/15 11:00am

Ads for Riverfront Park say this is the last summer to enjoy the park with its current features. That’s because voters approved a bond in November to redesign the park. The city is gearing up to hire a team that will design it.