Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor; Morning Edition Host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.  “It was a different world on the weekends at night here.  There was a lot of interplay between shows and producers, and live jam sessions on the air.”  Now, Steve is the voice of local weather and news during Morning Edition, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.  He also makes the morning coffee.  Aside from SPR, Steve is a simple, dirt farmer who enjoys gardening, chickens, music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  He plays acoustic and electric guitar and is proud to say that his mom listens to him every day.

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Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has been looking at the numerous changes called for in the US Senate proposal on replacing the Affordable Care Act. His first concern, is the gradual reduction in the amount of money states receive from the federal government to pay for Medicaid. Kreidler says the plan calls for ninety percent funding until 2020, at which time it begins to be reduced until finally hitting just fifty percent.

Those who run the state of Washington’s community based health clinics are worried what the passage of the US Senate proposed health reform plan would mean.

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The Idaho Department of Lands is teaming up with the U.S. Forest Service to do a timber harvest project at Priest Lake in a new collaborative effort. The project has both supporters and detractors. The project calls for logging about 2800 acres at Hanna Flats near Priest Lake.

The state tax incentive for film productions in Washington is set to expire at the end of the month, and it’s uncertain if it will be renewed.

There is concern that if the tax incentive is not renewed it could cost jobs in Spokane, where the Z Nation series is produced. The series airs on the Syfy network and features a post-apocalyptic world, complete with Zombies.

Democratic Representative, Marcus Riccelli has sponsored the bill to extend and expand the tax incentive that has been in effect since 2002:

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A local watchdog environmental group has given Hangman Creek a failing grade when it comes to health of the waterway.

The Spokane Riverkeeper says Hangman Creek deserves an F grade , because of what it called “thermal” pollution, and also presence of too much nitrogen and phosphorus.

Riverkeeper Jerry White says once robust fish populations are in decline, and much of it has to do with the removal of trees and vegetation along the creeks bank.