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Inland Journal, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

Inland Journal for July 13, 2017

    ▪    What will the old U.S. pavilion look like after Spokane’s Riverfront Park is renovated? The city held an open house at City Hall this week to share the design.
    ▪    Direct medical care, bypassing insurance companies. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated both the Senate and House Republican health care proposals will lead to more than 20 million people eventually losing their health insurance. One option is direct medical care, paying your doctor directly for care. We talk with representatives from three Spokane medical offices that provide that service.
    ▪    The next McCleary. Governor Inslee and Washington legislators hope the new state budget will satisfy judicial concerns that the state doesn’t spend enough on basic education. The next big budget challenge may come from counties, challenging the states to provide them more money to cover services mandated by the state. We’ll talk with an eastern Washington legislator worried that this will become Washington’s next McCleary.  
    ▪    A Pullman hospital considers whether to allow one of its surgeons to do gender reassignment surgeries. A report from Anna King from the Northwest News Network.

Finding Stable Financial Help for Washington Counties

Jul 13, 2017

Rep. Cary Condotta (R-Chelan) joins us to talk about helping Washington counties find the steady revenue sources they need to provide services.

Riverfront Park Pavilion Design Drawing Debate

Jul 13, 2017

Renovations continue at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. New structures are in various phases of construction: the Howard Street pedestrian bridge, the new building that will house the Looff Carousel, a building in the area where the new ice skating ribbon will open this fall.

But looming over all of it, almost literally and metaphorically, is the decision about how to renovate the former U.S. Pavilion, with the question: to cover it or not to cover it?

First it was Georgia. Then Montana. Now the national political spotlight is falling on Washington state and a special election later this year. But unlike those earlier contests, this one isn’t to fill a seat in Congress.

It’s for the state legislature.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryane Zinke announced Thursday that the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington and Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho won’t lose their federal designation.