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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The flooding on the Coeur d’Alene river this week is actually helpful for the Environmental Protection Agency, as they are doing sampling of heavy metals in the waterway, and how they move downstream.

Ed Moreen is an EPA project engineer:  “just because there is a lot of water which means there will be a lot of sediments picked up and moved somewhere, and we want to understand where it is getting picked up from as well as where it might be getting disbursed.”

Governor Jay Inslee and state Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz toured a rural area of Spokane County Tuesday to see how local efforts are going to reduce fuels for wildfire.

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has misgivings about the republican’s American Health Care Act, which is being discussed in committee hearings.

Kreidler told SPR yesterday that removing the individual mandate that requires citizens to have medical insurance is likely to cause a chain reaction where healthy people pull out of insurance plans, and the premiums skyrocket.

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Kreidler says despite claims by republicans that Obamacare itself was in a death spiral, that has not been the case in Washington State.

The Republican-led House of Representatives has released more details of its replacement for President Obamas Affordable Care Act.  Opinions are mixed, depending who you talk to.

Among the key provisions, the Republican “American Health Care Act” would eliminate the individual mandate that requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

320 students from 45 countries are attending what is called “Space Camp” this week.

For one student from Spokane, it’s her second time at the event.

The Honeywell Leadership Challenge program is being held at the US Space and Rocket center in Huntsville Alabama

It’s the second time Grace Kim, a senior from Central Valley high school, has attended. Grace says the event is opportunity for students to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as “STEM”.