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You know the name Rosa Parks. But do you know David Sohappy? He was at the center of a 30-year legal battle over Native American rights to fish salmon.

Next week the Yakama will mark the 30th anniversary of what they call the “Fish Wars.”

Marches and rallies are a common occurrence at the Washington Capitol. But recently Verizon Wireless staged a different kind of demonstration. It was part of an ongoing lobbying effort to get lawmakers to pass industry-friendly legislation. 

Spokane Cardiologist Explains Heart Attacks

Apr 14, 2017

I’ve seen the term "heart attack" thousands of times and yet I’ve never really understood what it is. So I went to the Providence Spokane Heart Institute to talk with cardiologist Dr. Brad Batkoff.

Former Smokers Talk About How They Kicked the Habit

Apr 14, 2017
Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS, the Community Health Association of Spokane, have combined forces on a new quit smoking campaign.

“I started smoking at 15. All the friends in my neighborhood all smoked. All of the teenagers smoked. And I was also pretty angry with my mother and I thought it would make me look tough, I guess. I don’t know."

This week, Idaho Governor Butch Otter vetoed a bill that would have repealed his state’s 6% grocery sales tax. The estimated cost to the state’s general fund would have been about $80 million.

Sen. Shawn Keough (R-Sandpoint) was one of 25 senators — against 10 who didn’t — who voted for the grocery tax repeal. She says she agrees with the governor’s concern about protecting the general fund, but thinks the state could have made spending cuts in other areas to balance the budget, if it came to that.