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Coastal erosion is chewing away at one of the Northwest's most popular recreation areas. It's threatening the main campground and other amenities at Cape Disappointment State Park, which has the second most camper visits in the Washington State Park system.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Authorities have closed the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington to all activities for now, due to high waters that could continue to rise later this weekend.

Though the level of the Pend Oreille River has stabilized for the last couple of days, warmer weather later in the weekend may change that.

American fruit growers are starting to ship more containers of fresh fruit into China again. In recent weeks, some fruit shipments were stuck in customs in China. Public radio has learned that special flights to bring Northwest cherries to China had even been canceled.

This story has been updated.

A tail-rotor failure likely led to the crash of a helicopter at the Olympia airport Friday. The pilot and a mechanic on board were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Republicans angered by this week’s special Oregon legislative session have accused Gov. Kate Brown of playing politics in an election year. State ethics officials probably won’t wade into whether that’s true.

In an earthquake or wildfire or other disaster, you typically can’t bring your animals with you into a shelter. This is a reason why some people choose not to evacuate when they ought to.

Some Northwest localities have volunteer “Animals in Disaster” teams to handle pet rescue, preparedness and emergency sheltering tasks. Cannon Beach is the latest to establish one.

Inland Journal, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Inland Journal for May 24, 2018

    ▪    We go to Sandpoint, Idaho to explore what people think about Burlington Northern railroad’s proposal to build three new rail bridges, including one that crosses Lake Pend Oreille.
    ▪    This week Avista announced plans to install new ‘smart’ electric meters and sensors on gas meters for its Washington customers.
    ▪    May is National Stroke Awareness Month. We’ll talk with a Spokane Symphony musician about his recovery from a stroke.
    ▪    We’ll learn more about a new project by WSU sleep researchers exploring why sleep impairment causes us to make bad decisions.
    ▪    Several organizations in Spokane are doing what they can to inspire a more entrepreneurial economy. They include the University of Washington, which opened a branch office of its CoMotion program in Spokane. We talk with two CoMotion managers about developing an entrepreneurial infrastructure here.

Symphony Bassist Rebuilds Musical Skills After Stroke

May 24, 2018
Patrick McNally

We’ve come to Patrick McNally’s home north of Spokane to learn about his recovery from a stroke. This is National Stroke Awareness Month. McNally is a young man, 38, married with three kids. He’s played with the Spokane Symphony for about 11 years. And he remembers the day he felt his stroke symptoms.

Federal inspectors have found serious safety violations at Western State Hospital that could increase the chances of patient suicides. The finding this week has the potential to further imperil $65 million in annual federal funding the state receives to operate the 857-bed psychiatric hospital near Tacoma.

WSU Researchers To Examine Decision Making While Tired

May 24, 2018
Washington State University

Washington State University sleep researchers are keeping plenty busy this summer.

Three weeks ago we told you about a new study into whether nurses who work 12-hour shifts, especially overnight, become too fatigued to safely do their jobs.

Now, Professor Hans Van Dongen is leading a team that has a received a new Defense Department grant — $2.8 million — to study this question.