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Flooding Recedes in the Inland Northwest

Feb 17, 2017
Spokesman Review

Weather forecasters say the worst appears to be over in this round of flooding in the Inland Northwest.

In north Idaho, the National Weather Service says Paradise Creek near Moscow and the Palouse River near Potlatch are more than a half-foot below flood stage. In the Spokane area, meteorologist Katherine Rowdin says the level of Latah Creek is also falling.

Washington prosecutors say state law makes it nearly impossible to criminally charge a police officer who uses deadly force. Now a key state lawmaker predicts that law will change this year.

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has fined state Rep. Melanie Stambaugh $5,000 for posting taxpayer funded videos and photos to a campaign-related Facebook page. The Republican from Puyallup said she will challenge the ethics ruling.

Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton said he’s “very excited” about the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Benton is a senior adviser to the White House at EPA.

Northwest farmers are getting a bit antsy to start spring prep. But they are tallying up damage from a harsh winter -- and they’re worried it’s not over yet.