SPR News Feed - Spokane Public Radio http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed Spokane Public Radio Wildfire Season Officially Starts Tuesday in Wash. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1771-wildfire-season-officially-starts-tuesday-in-wash It may be hard to believe, but wildfire season officially starts on Tuesday (April 15) in Washington state. In Oregon and Idaho, there's a rolling start to fire precaution rules depending on local conditions. Fire managers are looking ahead to a fairly "normal' wildfire season in Idaho and Washington this year. Drought-ridden central and southern Oregon though are classified at higher risk. 1771 Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1772-does-legalized-marijuana-put-washington-drivers-at-risk-out-of-state Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho. They claim it’s because their license plate shows they live two states that have legal marijuana. But that’s a hard thing to prove. 1772 Moratorium Halts Future Drive-Thru’s on Hamilton Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1773-moratorium-halts-future-drive-thru-s-on-hamilton The Spokane city council made sure last night that a new McDonald’s restaurant will be the only drive-thru only business on the Hamilton corridor, at least for the near future. Last night (Monday night) council member Amber Waldref proposed a moratorium to prohibit certain business permits for the next six months. 1773 Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1774-wash-senate-majority-leader-tom-announces-he-won-t-run-for-re-election A bombshell Monday from one of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom is one of two Democrats who joined with Republicans last year to help them take control of the state Senate. 1774 Boeing's "Pegasus" Testing its Wings in Puget Sound Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:32:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1768-boeing-s-pegasus-testing-its-wings-in-puget-sound An interim review of Boeing's progress on building a fleet of new aerial tankers for the Air Force gives the company high marks for sticking to a strict budget. But government auditors are worried about some possible hurdles ahead. The first four test tankers have been built - they're essentially engineering test beds - and may be flown by the middle of next year. 1768 Highway 530 Closure Has Deep Impacts on Community Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:39:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1770-highway-530-closure-has-deep-impacts-on-community It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed. 1770 When Citizens Shoot for Defense, ‘Reasonable’ is the Law Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:41:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1764-when-citizens-shoot-for-defense-reasonable-is-the-law When a citizen uses deadly force against another person, their actions are reviewed through the scope of Washington state law. Part of Washington law explains when it is justifiable for a person to commit homicide. Deputy Travis Pendell at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says it’s important people know the law in terms of protecting their safety. 1764 Second Suspect, ‘Getaway Driver’, Arrested in Carlile Killing Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:26:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1763-second-suspect-getaway-driver-arrested-in-carlile-killing Police in Spokane have arrested a second suspect in the murder of Spokane businessman Douglas Carlile. The Spokane Police Department says suspect Robby Wahrer drove the van used in the killing. Suspect Timothy Suckow is charged with first-degree murder in Carlile’s death. 1763 Governor Convenes State GMO Panel Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1759-governor-convenes-state-gmo-panel Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber convened a panel of regional experts today to discuss the contentious issues surrounding genetically modified foods. Governor John Kitzhaber spoke in downtown Portland before a panel of farmers, grocers, educators and regulators. 1759 Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1761-oregon-washington-consider-alternative-to-amtrak-for-cascades-rail-service Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service. The two states are testing the waters to see if anyone other than Amtrak is interested in operating the route that includes Seattle, Portland and Eugene. 1761 4,200 Ponderosas Planted to Kick of Volunteer Week Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1757-4-200-ponderosas-planted-to-kick-of-volunteer-week The volunteer week Spokane Gives begins Saturday, through collaboration between the mayor’s office and non-profits. The seeds planted Saturday will start a week of growth in the volunteer community. The seeds being planted are literal. 1757 Emergency Calls Lost During 911 Outage in Washington and Oregon Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1760-emergency-calls-lost-during-911-outage-in-washington-and-oregon CenturyLink officials won’t say exactly what caused a two state outage of 911 emergency service Thursday. 911 lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate but unrelated problems according to CenturyLink.Officials acknowledge there were 911 calls placed that did not get through. 1760 Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:45:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1758-water-supply-rebounds-across-most-of-northwest-after-march-storms Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest. That's according to the latest regional water supply forecast, presented today. A branch of the National Weather Service offers a regional water supply forecast. 1758 WSU Considers Creating Its Own Spokane Med School Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:45:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1752-wsu-considers-creating-its-own-spokane-med-school Officials at WSU Spokane have commissioned a feasibility study to look at the possibility of starting their own medical school. While WSU Spokane is already in a partnership with the University of Washington that offers a four year medical program, WSU Spokane officials believe the Spokane school is a good position to offer its own program. 1752 BPA Water Planners Aren't Celebrating Just Yet Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:43:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1751-bpa-water-planners-aren-t-celebrating-just-yet The people who run the sprawling Columbia River water system are giving the current water supply outlook a thumbs up. But they also have their fingers crossed. Bonneville Power Administration hydrologists are still somewhat off balance after a roller coaster winter - from a so-so December to an alarming drought in early February to deluges of rain and snow last month. 1751 'Like a Movie': Landslide Survivor in Her Own Words Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1762-like-a-movie-landslide-survivor-in-her-own-words Tuesday, Oso landslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc spoke from her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She and her 5-month-old baby are among the few who survived the landslide. She describes that moment when the landslide hit. 1762 Bulldogs Go After Daiquiri Factory Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:11:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1750-bulldogs-go-after-daiquiri-factory The daiquiri bar in downtown Spokane is under fire again, this time from Gonzaga University. The school filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the bar, because of its use of a bulldog mascot, the school’s logo, and a drink called Bulldog Lemonade. 1750 It’s Costly To Keep Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:04:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1749-it-s-costly-to-keep-bones-cultural-artifacts-safe-in-central-washington The drawdown of water behind the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts. Grant County officials are working overtime to protect these sensitive sites. That work isn’t cheap. 1749 Bummer Of A Summer: In June Experts May Know What Cracked Wanapum Dam Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:37:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1748-bummer-of-a-summer-in-june-experts-may-know-what-cracked-wanapum-dam It’s going to be a bummer of a summer in central Washington. That’s because Grant County officials said Wednesday, they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June. It all means water levels on the Columbia River will stay lowered. That leaves boat launches, resort communities and popular parks high and dry. 1748 Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole' Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:19:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1747-inslee-happy-with-federal-aid-for-landslide-but-says-it-won-t-make-people-whole Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County. But during an interview with public radio Wednesday, Inslee said the arrival of the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) aid does not replace private charity. 1747 National Fire Mangement Strategy Complete, Regional Plans Still In The Works Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:17:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1746-national-fire-mangement-strategy-complete-regional-plans-still-in-the-works The U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior on Wednesday announced a national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires. It’s been in the works since 2009 but there are still details to be ironed out. 1746 Spokane Schools Considers Longer Class Day Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:11:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1745-spokane-schools-considers-longer-class-day The Spokane Public School District is looking for public input on a plan to increase the length of the school day. The SPS district has been instructed by the state legislature to increase the amount of time kids spend in the classroom. School District Director of Communications Kevin Morrison says our local students are a bit behind the curve. 1745 Wash. Patrols to Crackdown on Texting Drivers Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:24:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1744-wash-patrols-to-crackdown-on-texting-drivers You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seat belt safety. Now, Washington State is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive. Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday. This campaign comes with its own snappy slogan, too. 1744 Mudslide Insurance Rare, Expensive Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:59:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1743-mudslide-insurance-rare-expensive The Oso mudslide death toll in Snohomish County is now at 34 and twelve people are still missing. President Obama has declared a major disaster area which opens the door to federal housing assistance and low-interest loans. But homeowners in the path of the slide aren’t likely to see an insurance payout. That's because standard homeowner's insurance doesn't cover this type of disaster. And mudslide coverage is not only expensive, it's difficult to purchase. 1743 Idaho Senator Backs EPA Grants to Clean up Polluted Land Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:44:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1741-idaho-senator-backs-epa-grants-to-clean-up-polluted-land Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is not generally a fan of the Environmental Protection Agency, but he's an active booster of one EPA program aimed at turning brown fields into green ones. Crapo is co-author of a new Senate bill to help rehabilitate polluted and abandoned properties throughout Idaho and other states. 1741 Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:37:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1740-obama-to-visit-oso-landslide-site President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Washington later this month. The scheduled April 22nd visit would be exactly one month after the disaster struck. It's a rare visit to the region for the President, not counting political fundraisers. 1740 Deborah Amos, on Importance of National News in Local Life Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1742-deborah-amos-on-importance-of-national-news-in-local-life Deborah Amos is a familiar name to NPR listeners. She has reported for years as a foreign correspondent, often reporting from the Middle East. She has also had a connection to Spokane Community College in the past. Amos will be in Spokane this week, taking part in the Get Lit! festival. 1742 Northwest Student Code Breaking Competition Launches Soon Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1734-northwest-student-code-breaking-competition-launches-soon Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills. The brain-game starts this Thursday. It’s called Kryptos and is geared to undergraduate students all around the Northwest.   1734 Firefighters Go Digital With Patient Medical Info Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:16:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1728-firefighters-go-digital-with-patient-medical-info Firefighters in Spokane are phasing out a reporting system in place since the late 1800’s. As of Monday the Spokane Fire Department will collect patient information digitally, instead of by pen and paper. Now, firefighters will pull out a tablet computer. 1728 Idaho Loses Medicaid Reimbursement Dispute Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:30:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-1732-idaho-loses-medicaid-reimbursement-dispute The State of Idaho took on the federal government in a court case over Medicaid reimbursement rates, and lost. Five Idaho corporations which provide basic life skills - routine functions such as bathing, eating and laundry - sued the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare three years ago in federal court.  1732