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  • Officers involved in shooting near Soap Lake identified

    Officers involved in shooting near Soap Lake identified

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-08-22 00:25:50 GMT

    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - Police say an officer-involved shooting happened Sunday morning near the Soap Lake area, with a male suspect being shot and later hospitalized. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Adrian Ave. Northwest in Lakeview. Police were responding to the report of a wanted person sighting.

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    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - Police say an officer-involved shooting happened Sunday morning near the Soap Lake area, with a male suspect being shot and later hospitalized. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Adrian Ave. Northwest in Lakeview. Police were responding to the report of a wanted person sighting.

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  • West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes

    West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:48 PM EDT2018-08-21 19:48:05 GMT

    The Spokane Regional Health District reported confirmation of West Nile virus in two separate mosquito samples from Spokane County.  The SRHD says no cases of WNV have been identified in Spokane County humans, birds or horses, but early-to mid- August "typically marks the first onset of symptoms in these groups."  “While we expect mosquito populations to dwindle as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, continued warm temperatures will contribute...

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    The Spokane Regional Health District reported confirmation of West Nile virus in two separate mosquito samples from Spokane County.  The SRHD says no cases of WNV have been identified in Spokane County humans, birds or horses, but early-to mid- August "typically marks the first onset of symptoms in these groups."  “While we expect mosquito populations to dwindle as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, continued warm temperatures will contribute...

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  • FDA extends expiration dates on some EpiPens by four months

    FDA extends expiration dates on some EpiPens by four months

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 2:47 PM EDT2018-08-21 18:47:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON - The FDA is extending the expiration dates for some EpiPens by four months. The decision comes in the midst of a national shortage of the life-saving allergy drugs. The extensions apply to the .3 milligram dose of EpiPen and its authorized generic with expiration dates between April and December of 2018. It does not apply to EpiPen Junior, which is used for kids weighing between 33 and 66 pounds. 

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    WASHINGTON - The FDA is extending the expiration dates for some EpiPens by four months. The decision comes in the midst of a national shortage of the life-saving allergy drugs. The extensions apply to the .3 milligram dose of EpiPen and its authorized generic with expiration dates between April and December of 2018. It does not apply to EpiPen Junior, which is used for kids weighing between 33 and 66 pounds. 

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  • More Fires Start in Oregon Over the Weekend

    More Fires Start in Oregon Over the Weekend

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 1:29 AM EDT2018-08-21 05:29:44 GMT

    At least four new fires started in Oregon Sunday night after thunderstorms passed through the Umatilla National Forest. 

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    At least four new fires started in Oregon Sunday night after thunderstorms passed through the Umatilla National Forest. 

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  • Glacier wildfire forces evacuations, burns close to Sun Road

    Glacier wildfire forces evacuations, burns close to Sun Road

    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:54:22 GMT

    GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) - A wildfire in northwest Montana's Glacier National Park is forcing evacuations and has burned within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Missoulian reported Sunday that the Howe Ridge fire had grown to more than 12 square miles (31 square kilometers), and shifting winds are forecast over the next day and a half.  

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    GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) - A wildfire in northwest Montana's Glacier National Park is forcing evacuations and has burned within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Missoulian reported Sunday that the Howe Ridge fire had grown to more than 12 square miles (31 square kilometers), and shifting winds are forecast over the next day and a half.  

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  • Cougar Creek fire at over 35,000 acres, still 35 percent contained

    Cougar Creek fire at over 35,000 acres, still 35 percent contained

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-08-18 22:38:19 GMT

    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. -  The Cougar Creek fire remains at 35 percent contained, but has increased in size approaching 36,000 acres as of Saturday. The fire burning in Chelan County is now at 35,809 acres with 1,106 personnel on scene. Wind conditions helped push smoke out of the valleys, but increased fire behavior across the area Friday.

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    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. -  The Cougar Creek fire remains at 35 percent contained, but has increased in size approaching 36,000 acres as of Saturday. The fire burning in Chelan County is now at 35,809 acres with 1,106 personnel on scene. Wind conditions helped push smoke out of the valleys, but increased fire behavior across the area Friday.

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  • Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho

    Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-08-18 22:02:39 GMT

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy says a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho would be game-changing for energy customers if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the project. 

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    LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy says a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho would be game-changing for energy customers if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the project. 

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  • Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

    Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:37 PM EDT2018-08-18 18:37:30 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipping the brake wires on two rental bikes recorded at night on June 14. Police also released photos that appear to show the same man cutting bicycle brake wires a month earlier at another location.   

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    SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipping the brake wires on two rental bikes recorded at night on June 14. Police also released photos that appear to show the same man cutting bicycle brake wires a month earlier at another location.   

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  • Idaho officials name director for Idaho Department of Lands

    Idaho officials name director for Idaho Department of Lands

    Saturday, August 18 2018 12:48 PM EDT2018-08-18 16:48:05 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials have named a new director to lead a state agency that manages 2.4 million acres (970,000 hectares) of state endowment lands that generate money mostly for public schools. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other members of the Idaho Land Board on Friday selected Dustin Miller to lead the Idaho Department of Lands. 

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials have named a new director to lead a state agency that manages 2.4 million acres (970,000 hectares) of state endowment lands that generate money mostly for public schools. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other members of the Idaho Land Board on Friday selected Dustin Miller to lead the Idaho Department of Lands. 

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  • Man pleads guilty to bat attack on Special Olympics athlete

    Man pleads guilty to bat attack on Special Olympics athlete

    Saturday, August 18 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-08-18 16:41:09 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Missoula man has pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon after police said he attacked a Special Olympics athlete with a baseball bat, causing a severe head injury. Paul Ekstedt entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence with eight suspended, for a sentence of 12 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20. 

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    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Missoula man has pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon after police said he attacked a Special Olympics athlete with a baseball bat, causing a severe head injury. Paul Ekstedt entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence with eight suspended, for a sentence of 12 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20. 

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  • Lawmaker sues school, investigator, after firing

    Lawmaker sues school, investigator, after firing

    Friday, August 17 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-08-18 00:58:42 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Republican Rep. Matt Manweller is suing Central Washington University and the investigator it hired to look into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Manweller, a political professor at the college since 2003, was fired from the school Tuesday. On Thursday, he filed a wrongful termination lawsuit naming both CWU and Trish Murphy of Northwest Workplace Law as defendants.

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Republican Rep. Matt Manweller is suing Central Washington University and the investigator it hired to look into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Manweller, a political professor at the college since 2003, was fired from the school Tuesday. On Thursday, he filed a wrongful termination lawsuit naming both CWU and Trish Murphy of Northwest Workplace Law as defendants.

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  • Moses Lake man arrested after high-speed pursuit, stand-off

    Moses Lake man arrested after high-speed pursuit, stand-off

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:57:55 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Moses Lake man is in custody after leading deputies on a high-speed chase before barricading himself in his home Friday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says Robert Gwinn, 38 years old, was spotted by deputies near Roads L and 5-Northeast just east of Moses Lake. He was wanted for outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was also to be served with a protection order. 

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    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Moses Lake man is in custody after leading deputies on a high-speed chase before barricading himself in his home Friday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says Robert Gwinn, 38 years old, was spotted by deputies near Roads L and 5-Northeast just east of Moses Lake. He was wanted for outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was also to be served with a protection order. 

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  • Woman charged with negligent homicide in son's hot car death

    Woman charged with negligent homicide in son's hot car death

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:16:07 GMT

    GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) - A 19-year-old eastern Montana woman is charged with negligent homicide after her 2-year-old son died from being left in a hot car.    Prosecutors say Ashley Maria Howard of Glendive left the boy in her car on June 26 while she slept after getting drunk at a party the night before.

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    GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) - A 19-year-old eastern Montana woman is charged with negligent homicide after her 2-year-old son died from being left in a hot car.    Prosecutors say Ashley Maria Howard of Glendive left the boy in her car on June 26 while she slept after getting drunk at a party the night before.

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  • Judge tosses signatures on gun initiative

    Judge tosses signatures on gun initiative

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:50 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:50:04 GMT

    SEATTLE - A Thurston County judge has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot. Superior Court Judge James Dixon said the signature petitions for Initiative 1639 did not "comport" with state law. He ordered the secretary of state's office to stop certification of the ballot measure. 

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    SEATTLE - A Thurston County judge has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot. Superior Court Judge James Dixon said the signature petitions for Initiative 1639 did not "comport" with state law. He ordered the secretary of state's office to stop certification of the ballot measure. 

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  • Central Washington school district shortens school week to 4 days

    Central Washington school district shortens school week to 4 days

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:10 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:10:51 GMT
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    SEATTLE (AP) - A school district in central Washington state is moving to four-day weeks when the school year begins later this month. KING-TV reports the Waterville School District will hold classes Monday through Thursday, giving students and faculty three-day weekends. Superintendent Tabatha Mires says the change aims to increase staff retention and recruitment as well as boost attendance and improve classroom experience.    

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    SEATTLE (AP) - A school district in central Washington state is moving to four-day weeks when the school year begins later this month. KING-TV reports the Waterville School District will hold classes Monday through Thursday, giving students and faculty three-day weekends. Superintendent Tabatha Mires says the change aims to increase staff retention and recruitment as well as boost attendance and improve classroom experience.    

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  • Seattle climber dies in fall at Mount Rainier National Park

    Seattle climber dies in fall at Mount Rainier National Park

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:27 PM EDT2018-08-17 00:27:08 GMT
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    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say a 35-year-old climber died while rappelling off a peak in Mount Rainier National Park. The News Tribune in Tacoma reports Stephen Kornbluth of Seattle summited 6,710-foot Dewey Peak with two friends Tuesday after climbing the mountain's west face. Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says Kornbluth's two partners rappelled safely before he started to come down and it's unclear what caused Kornbluth to fall.    

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    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say a 35-year-old climber died while rappelling off a peak in Mount Rainier National Park. The News Tribune in Tacoma reports Stephen Kornbluth of Seattle summited 6,710-foot Dewey Peak with two friends Tuesday after climbing the mountain's west face. Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says Kornbluth's two partners rappelled safely before he started to come down and it's unclear what caused Kornbluth to fall.    

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  • Group sues to expand protected orca habitat in Northwest

    Group sues to expand protected orca habitat in Northwest

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-08-17 00:05:56 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - With the Pacific Northwest's killer whales struggling, an environmental group is suing to force President Donald Trump's administration to expand protected habitat to help them recover. The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.  

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    SEATTLE (AP) - With the Pacific Northwest's killer whales struggling, an environmental group is suing to force President Donald Trump's administration to expand protected habitat to help them recover. The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.  

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  • Idaho woman convicted of killing former boyfriend in Montana

    Idaho woman convicted of killing former boyfriend in Montana

    Thursday, August 16 2018 5:49 PM EDT2018-08-16 21:49:33 GMT

    LIBBY, Mont. (AP) - An Idaho woman has been convicted of shooting and killing her former boyfriend along a rural road in northwestern Montana.    The Western News reports a Lincoln County jury on Wednesday found Sarah Carpenter guilty of deliberate homicide in the January 2017 death of 31-year-old Travis Gillett near the town of Yaak.   

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    LIBBY, Mont. (AP) - An Idaho woman has been convicted of shooting and killing her former boyfriend along a rural road in northwestern Montana.    The Western News reports a Lincoln County jury on Wednesday found Sarah Carpenter guilty of deliberate homicide in the January 2017 death of 31-year-old Travis Gillett near the town of Yaak.   

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  • FDA approves first generic competitor to the EpiPen

    FDA approves first generic competitor to the EpiPen

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:17:28 GMT

    NEW YORK - Important news for anyone with life-threatening allergies as the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic competitor to the EpiPen. The Epinephrine auto-injector is used in an emergency when a person has a severe allergic reaction to things like food or insect stings. Mylan, the company that sells the EpiPen, drew intense criticism a few years ago when it increased the price of an EpiPen twin-pack to $600.

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    NEW YORK - Important news for anyone with life-threatening allergies as the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic competitor to the EpiPen. The Epinephrine auto-injector is used in an emergency when a person has a severe allergic reaction to things like food or insect stings. Mylan, the company that sells the EpiPen, drew intense criticism a few years ago when it increased the price of an EpiPen twin-pack to $600.

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  • Athletic Director Rob Spear fired by University of Idaho

    Athletic Director Rob Spear fired by University of Idaho

    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:47 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:47:52 GMT

    The University of Idaho has fired Athletic Director Rob Spear.  Spear had been placed on administrative leave since April following the University's botched handling of a woman's sexual assault complaint against a football player.  "The Board moved to terminate for convenience, pursuant to Doctor Spears' employment agreement with the University," Communications Chief Mike Keckler told KHQ.

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    The University of Idaho has fired Athletic Director Rob Spear.  Spear had been placed on administrative leave since April following the University's botched handling of a woman's sexual assault complaint against a football player.  "The Board moved to terminate for convenience, pursuant to Doctor Spears' employment agreement with the University," Communications Chief Mike Keckler told KHQ.

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  • 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

    'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:48:27 GMT

    DETROIT - Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.  The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. 

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    DETROIT - Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.  The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. 

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  • BLM places temporary ban on target shooting

    BLM places temporary ban on target shooting

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:29 AM EDT2018-08-16 06:29:09 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Bureau of Land Management has placed a temporary ban on target shooting in eastern Washington as hot, dry conditions bring high dangers of fire in the area. The BLM says legal firearm hunting is still allowed. Target shooting activities have already contributed to several fires on BLM lands this summer burning over 2,000 acres. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Bureau of Land Management has placed a temporary ban on target shooting in eastern Washington as hot, dry conditions bring high dangers of fire in the area. The BLM says legal firearm hunting is still allowed. Target shooting activities have already contributed to several fires on BLM lands this summer burning over 2,000 acres. 

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  • Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

    Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:26:15 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Unhealthy smoky air from wildfires is blanketing the Northwest. The National Weather Service says Washington state had the worst air quality in the country Wednesday. In the Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the hazardous level, prompting Chelan County officials to distribute masks. 

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    SEATTLE (AP) - Unhealthy smoky air from wildfires is blanketing the Northwest. The National Weather Service says Washington state had the worst air quality in the country Wednesday. In the Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the hazardous level, prompting Chelan County officials to distribute masks. 

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  • Detectives recover tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Detectives recover tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-08-15 22:54:03 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say after receiving several tips from the public, Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force detectives located and recovered a stolen Kubota L4701 HST tractor. Detectives continue to actively investigate the theft and hope additional tips and information will be received as they work toward identifying the suspects.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say after receiving several tips from the public, Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force detectives located and recovered a stolen Kubota L4701 HST tractor. Detectives continue to actively investigate the theft and hope additional tips and information will be received as they work toward identifying the suspects.

     

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  • Tester campaign disavows Pearl Jam poster

    Tester campaign disavows Pearl Jam poster

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-08-15 19:46:53 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's campaign is disavowing a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows a burning White House and what appears to be the skeleton of President Donald Trump. The Montana Democrat's campaign spokesman, Chris Meagher, said Wednesday that campaign officials never saw the poster before the show, they don't like it and that they don't condone violence of any kind.

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    HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's campaign is disavowing a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows a burning White House and what appears to be the skeleton of President Donald Trump. The Montana Democrat's campaign spokesman, Chris Meagher, said Wednesday that campaign officials never saw the poster before the show, they don't like it and that they don't condone violence of any kind.

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  • DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:48:20 GMT

    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

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    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

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  • Washington increases DUI patrols leading up to Labor Day weekend

    Washington increases DUI patrols leading up to Labor Day weekend

    Monday, August 13 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-08-14 00:19:42 GMT
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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Law enforcement agencies across Washington will increase DUI patrols August 17 through September 3 to keep drivers safe during what is typically the deadliest time of the year on the state’s roadways. More than 160 local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will participate in the emphasis patrols in search of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Law enforcement agencies across Washington will increase DUI patrols August 17 through September 3 to keep drivers safe during what is typically the deadliest time of the year on the state’s roadways. More than 160 local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will participate in the emphasis patrols in search of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

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  • 34-year-old man lodged at Grant County jail found dead

    34-year-old man lodged at Grant County jail found dead

    Monday, August 13 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-08-14 00:11:24 GMT

    EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man who was being held at Grant County Jail in Ephrata. The Columbia Basin Herald reports corrections deputies found the man in his bunk Sunday morning and called emergency personnel. The inmate was pronounced dead by paramedics after unsuccessful attempts at CPR and other measures. The Grant County Coroner plans to do an autopsy.    

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    EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man who was being held at Grant County Jail in Ephrata. The Columbia Basin Herald reports corrections deputies found the man in his bunk Sunday morning and called emergency personnel. The inmate was pronounced dead by paramedics after unsuccessful attempts at CPR and other measures. The Grant County Coroner plans to do an autopsy.    

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  • Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Monday, August 13 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-08-13 20:38:10 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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  • Glacier National Park expands fire evacuations

    Glacier National Park expands fire evacuations

    Monday, August 13 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-08-13 18:44:25 GMT

    WEST GLACIER, Mont. - A wildfire is forcing evacuations in the most heavily-trafficked area of Glacier National Park and has destroyed an unknown number of structures around Lake McDonald. The National Park Service said the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was being evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of 82 rooms at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.  

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    WEST GLACIER, Mont. - A wildfire is forcing evacuations in the most heavily-trafficked area of Glacier National Park and has destroyed an unknown number of structures around Lake McDonald. The National Park Service said the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was being evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of 82 rooms at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.  

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  • Lightning ignites several fires in Glacier National Park

    Lightning ignites several fires in Glacier National Park

    Sunday, August 12 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-08-12 22:07:02 GMT
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    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters are responding to multiple wildfires started by lightning in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service says at least three fires were started Saturday night. The size of the fires has not yet been determined. One of the fires is visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road. A team of smoke jumpers as well have air tankers have been ordered to help fight the fires.  

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    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters are responding to multiple wildfires started by lightning in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service says at least three fires were started Saturday night. The size of the fires has not yet been determined. One of the fires is visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road. A team of smoke jumpers as well have air tankers have been ordered to help fight the fires.  

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  • Tetons might get 2 new weather stations

    Tetons might get 2 new weather stations

    Sunday, August 12 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-08-12 19:12:51 GMT

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - An effort is underway to install two new weather stations before winter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the Grand Teton National Park Foundation is working to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1 to install the new weather stations. One would measure wind, the other snowfall.    

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    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - An effort is underway to install two new weather stations before winter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the Grand Teton National Park Foundation is working to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1 to install the new weather stations. One would measure wind, the other snowfall.    

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  • King County detective suspended after Uber driver attack

    King County detective suspended after Uber driver attack

    Saturday, August 11 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-08-12 00:00:05 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - The King County Sheriff's Office says a detective was suspended for four days without pay after an internal investigation determined she punched, kicked, scratched and slapped an Uber driver while she was off duty. King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said this week that detective Janette Luitgaarden would serve the suspension for unbecoming conduct in the Nov. 4, 2017 incident.    

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    SEATTLE (AP) - The King County Sheriff's Office says a detective was suspended for four days without pay after an internal investigation determined she punched, kicked, scratched and slapped an Uber driver while she was off duty. King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said this week that detective Janette Luitgaarden would serve the suspension for unbecoming conduct in the Nov. 4, 2017 incident.    

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  • Organization raising money for crisis nursery in Great Falls

    Organization raising money for crisis nursery in Great Falls

    Saturday, August 11 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-08-11 19:42:11 GMT
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    GREAT FALLS, Mont (AP) - An organization in Great Falls is raising money to open a crisis nursery in an effort to reduce the number of child abuse and neglect cases. The Great Falls Tribune reports the concept for Toby's House Crisis Nursery was born after 2-year-old October "Toby" Perez was killed by her mother's boyfriend in 2011. 

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    GREAT FALLS, Mont (AP) - An organization in Great Falls is raising money to open a crisis nursery in an effort to reduce the number of child abuse and neglect cases. The Great Falls Tribune reports the concept for Toby's House Crisis Nursery was born after 2-year-old October "Toby" Perez was killed by her mother's boyfriend in 2011. 

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  • LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

    LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-08-07 12:51:56 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Earth is currently passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the best meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend as a result.  The shower's peak will be visible both nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke saying the August 12-13 show would be the better of the two.

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    KHQ.COM - Earth is currently passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the best meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend as a result.  The shower's peak will be visible both nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke saying the August 12-13 show would be the better of the two. Although not an outburst year (150-200 meteors per hour) spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour this weekend.

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  • National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

    National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

    Friday, August 3 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-08-03 20:46:25 GMT

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - A 55-year-old Pendleton, Oregon man was arrested in Glacier National Park last night after authorities say a video of him harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park went viral.  Glacier National Park Rangers apprehended Raymond Reinke Thursday night following an incident earlier this week where he was captured on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park.  

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    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - A 55-year-old Pendleton, Oregon man was arrested in Glacier National Park last night after authorities say a video of him harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park went viral.  Glacier National Park Rangers apprehended Raymond Reinke Thursday night following an incident earlier this week where he was captured on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park.  

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  • PHOTOS: Escaped goats chow down on lawns in residential Boise neighborhood

    PHOTOS: Escaped goats chow down on lawns in residential Boise neighborhood

    Friday, August 3 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-08-03 16:35:19 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - About 100 escaped goats have munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away.    Multiple news outlets captured the goats calmly eating grass and shrubs in a Boise neighborhood Friday morning before a trailer arrived applause from neighborhood residents.    It's not clear where the goats came from or how they got loose. 

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    BOISE, Idaho - About 100 escaped goats have munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away.    Multiple news outlets captured the goats calmly eating grass and shrubs in a Boise neighborhood Friday morning before a trailer arrived applause from neighborhood residents.    It's not clear where the goats came from or how they got loose. 

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  • Ram recalling pickup trucks due to tailgate potentially flying open

    Ram recalling pickup trucks due to tailgate potentially flying open

    Friday, August 3 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-08-03 15:22:21 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling more than one million of the Ram pickup trucks, saying the tailgate could fly open at any time.  The company will fix a defect in the power-locking system that could result in tailgates opening while certain Ram pickup trucks are in motion. A portion of ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from the 2015 through 2017 model years are included in the recall. Trucks with manual locks or 8-foot beds are excluded.

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    KHQ.COM - Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling more than one million of the Ram pickup trucks, saying the tailgate could fly open at any time.  The company will fix a defect in the power-locking system that could result in tailgates opening while certain Ram pickup trucks are in motion. A portion of ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from the 2015 through 2017 model years are included in the recall. Trucks with manual locks or 8-foot beds are excluded.

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  • Woman dies, son missing in Montana boating accident

    Woman dies, son missing in Montana boating accident

    Saturday, July 28 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-07-29 00:21:06 GMT

    LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Gallatin County sheriff's officials say a sheriff's captain's wife has died and his son is still missing after a boating accident in the Yellowstone River.    Sheriff's officials said in a statement Saturday that Jim Anderson's wife Angie died in Friday evening's accident and that searchers are looking for their teenage son, James.

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    LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Gallatin County sheriff's officials say a sheriff's captain's wife has died and his son is still missing after a boating accident in the Yellowstone River.    Sheriff's officials said in a statement Saturday that Jim Anderson's wife Angie died in Friday evening's accident and that searchers are looking for their teenage son, James.

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  • After tablet hack - or glitch? - many rooting for inmates

    After tablet hack - or glitch? - many rooting for inmates

    Friday, July 27 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-07-27 22:33:26 GMT
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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials say it was an "intentional exploitation," while some inmates' families described it more as a "glitch." Either way, reports that 364 Idaho inmates had a quarter million dollars improperly applied to their JPay tablet accounts had most of social media rooting for the prisoners. The hand-held computer tablets are popular in prisons across the country, and they are made available to Idaho inmates through a contract with CenturyLink and JPay.

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials say it was an "intentional exploitation," while some inmates' families described it more as a "glitch." Either way, reports that 364 Idaho inmates had a quarter million dollars improperly applied to their JPay tablet accounts had most of social media rooting for the prisoners. The hand-held computer tablets are popular in prisons across the country, and they are made available to Idaho inmates through a contract with CenturyLink and JPay.

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  • Man in custody after bear spray assault in Yellowstone restroom

    Man in custody after bear spray assault in Yellowstone restroom

    Friday, July 27 2018 5:50 PM EDT2018-07-27 21:50:32 GMT

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a man and woman in a Yellowstone National Park restroom with bear spray. Federal prosecutors charged Jackson Coombs with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. No hometown for Coombs was provided. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that court documents state the incident occurred July 18 when the woman and her boyfriend went to use community restrooms near Mammoth Hot Springs. 

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    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a man and woman in a Yellowstone National Park restroom with bear spray. Federal prosecutors charged Jackson Coombs with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. No hometown for Coombs was provided. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that court documents state the incident occurred July 18 when the woman and her boyfriend went to use community restrooms near Mammoth Hot Springs. 

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  • 9-year-old girl killed after being hit by car in Leavenworth

    9-year-old girl killed after being hit by car in Leavenworth

    Thursday, July 26 2018 12:05 PM EDT2018-07-26 16:05:16 GMT

    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - A 9-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a car in Leavenworth Wednesday night. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office said the girl was riding her bike on Icicle Road near Prowell when she was struck by a passing car.

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    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - A 9-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a car in Leavenworth Wednesday night. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office said the girl was riding her bike on Icicle Road near Prowell when she was struck by a passing car.

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  • COLD CASE: Rathdrum woman vanishes without a trace in 2005

    COLD CASE: Rathdrum woman vanishes without a trace in 2005

    Thursday, July 26 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-07-26 06:14:38 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - All the family of Deborah Sykes says they want is to give her a proper burial and goodbye. Sykes has been missing for more than 10 years now. "It was really heartbreaking," her daughter Brianna Gendron said. "At the time, it was really hard to understand what missing meant. At that age, you can't comprehend it. You think they're just a phone call away, but they're not." 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - All the family of Deborah Sykes says they want is to give her a proper burial and goodbye. Sykes has been missing for more than 10 years now. "It was really heartbreaking," her daughter Brianna Gendron said. "At the time, it was really hard to understand what missing meant. At that age, you can't comprehend it. You think they're just a phone call away, but they're not." 

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  • BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

    BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:39:01 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. According to the US Marshals, Marco Antonio Guzman fled the Libby, MT area with Sandra Carris. Guzman is believed to be armed and dangerous. Carris is not believed to be a willing participant in the travel and has been listed as a missing endangered person. 

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    MISSOULA, Mont. - The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. According to the US Marshals, Marco Antonio Guzman fled the Libby, MT area with Sandra Carris. Guzman is believed to be armed and dangerous. Carris is not believed to be a willing participant in the travel and has been listed as a missing endangered person. 

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  • Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Thursday, July 12 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-12 17:48:43 GMT

    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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  • It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-07-11 12:31:45 GMT

    Hey! It's gonna be hot today! Leslie Lowe thinks it'll be about 83 degrees today. Couldn't you use a nice treat to cool yourself down? 7-Eleven has you covered today! For years, the convenience store chain has been giving away free Slurpees on July 11th, because you know... 7-11!  All you have to do is visit a participating 7-Eleven between 11am and 7pm (see what they did there?), and you can help yourself to a free small Slurpee!

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    Hey! It's gonna be hot today! Leslie Lowe thinks it'll be about 83 degrees today. Couldn't you use a nice treat to cool yourself down? 7-Eleven has you covered today! For years, the convenience store chain has been giving away free Slurpees on July 11th, because you know... 7-11!  All you have to do is visit a participating 7-Eleven between 11am and 7pm (see what they did there?), and you can help yourself to a free small Slurpee! 

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  • Police, protesters gear up for Trump's visit to Great Falls

    Police, protesters gear up for Trump's visit to Great Falls

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:46:51 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Police and protesters are gearing up for President Donald Trump's visit to Great Falls on Thursday.    Workers were setting concrete barriers outside the ExpoPark, one of the visible signs of the security measures being put in place for the rally.    Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says ExpoPark gates will open Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Police and protesters are gearing up for President Donald Trump's visit to Great Falls on Thursday.    Workers were setting concrete barriers outside the ExpoPark, one of the visible signs of the security measures being put in place for the rally.    Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says ExpoPark gates will open Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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  • President Trump visiting Great Falls, Montana July 5

    President Trump visiting Great Falls, Montana July 5

    Friday, June 29 2018 10:49 AM EDT2018-06-29 14:49:55 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. - President Donald Trump's website has confirmed details of his rally in Great Falls July 5th. According to an event registration on the President's website, the event will be held at the Four Seasons Arena at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 1 p.m. 

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    GREAT FALLS, Mont. - President Donald Trump's website has confirmed details of his rally in Great Falls July 5th. According to an event registration on the President's website, the event will be held at the Four Seasons Arena at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 1 p.m. 

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  • Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns

    Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:55 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:55:46 GMT

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals.    The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban announced this week as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta also says it's limiting travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes take effect July 10. 

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    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals.    The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban announced this week as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta also says it's limiting travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes take effect July 10. 

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  • Inquest finds officers justified in killing Montana man

    Inquest finds officers justified in killing Montana man

    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:11:27 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An inquest has found officers were justified in shooting and killing a Montana man who was high on methamphetamine and had barricaded himself inside a sporting goods store with a cache of weapons and shot at officers.    Jurors said Thursday there was no criminal conduct on behalf of the Billings police officers who shot and killed Frank Joey Half, Jr. last November.

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An inquest has found officers were justified in shooting and killing a Montana man who was high on methamphetamine and had barricaded himself inside a sporting goods store with a cache of weapons and shot at officers.    Jurors said Thursday there was no criminal conduct on behalf of the Billings police officers who shot and killed Frank Joey Half, Jr. last November.

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  • Kennewick man comes home to find coyote in kitchen

    Kennewick man comes home to find coyote in kitchen

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:21:36 GMT

    KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man got quite the shock Monday night after finding a startled coyote pup cowering in his home. Jake McChesney was just getting home from work when his dog started barking at something in the kitchen. Jake says he had left his back door open so that his dog could get in and out of the house and believes that's how the coyote got inside. 

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    KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man got quite the shock Monday night after finding a startled coyote pup cowering in his home. Jake McChesney was just getting home from work when his dog started barking at something in the kitchen. Jake says he had left his back door open so that his dog could get in and out of the house and believes that's how the coyote got inside. 

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  • Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:31:40 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. 

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    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.  The Sheriff's Office posted a message from the Grant County Health District on Monday in an effort to spread the word about suicide prevention following the news of the girl's death.  

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  • Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

    Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:42:08 GMT

    GENEVA - The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health.."

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    GENEVA - The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health.."

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  • Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

    Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:37 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:37:05 GMT
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    HELENA, Mont. - The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it near Denton in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter and its ears bigger than normally seen on wolves. 

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    HELENA, Mont. - The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it near Denton in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter and its ears bigger than normally seen on wolves. 

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  • Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks because of salmonella potential

    Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks because of salmonella potential

    Friday, June 15 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-06-15 14:43:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON - The Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling some of its Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella infected 73 people in 31 states.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the outbreaks were in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. The recall affects 15.3-ounce packages with the UPS Code 3800039103 and 23-ounce packages with the UPS Code 3800014810. 

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    WASHINGTON - The Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling some of its Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella infected 73 people in 31 states.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the outbreaks were in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. The recall affects 15.3-ounce packages with the UPS Code 3800039103 and 23-ounce packages with the UPS Code 3800014810. 

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  • Investigation into former fire captain began with Craigslist ad

    Investigation into former fire captain began with Craigslist ad

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:19 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:19:04 GMT
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    A former Benton County Fire Captain is spending three years in prison and once released will have ten years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender. 

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    A former Benton County Fire Captain is spending three years in prison and once released will have ten years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender. 

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  • UPDATE: Soap Lake Fire at 90% containment

    UPDATE: Soap Lake Fire at 90% containment

    Thursday, June 14 2018 1:35 AM EDT2018-06-14 05:35:12 GMT

    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office has cancelled all evacuation notices for the Soap Lake Fire. At last update, the fire was still estimated to be approximately 2000 acres and 50 percent contained.

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    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office has cancelled all evacuation notices for the Soap Lake Fire. At last update, the fire was still estimated to be approximately 2000 acres and 50 percent contained.

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  • Get a free taco at Taco Bell today thanks to the Golden State Warriors

    Get a free taco at Taco Bell today thanks to the Golden State Warriors

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-06-13 16:07:52 GMT

    KHQ.COM - As promised, Taco Bell is making good on their special "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" promotion. That's because the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in game 3 of the NBA Finals.

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    KHQ.COM - As promised, Taco Bell is making good on their special "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" promotion. That's because the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors then went on to sweet the Cavs to tin the 2018 NBA Championship.  So, to celebrate the big win, everyone can score a free Doritos Locos Taco today between 2 and 6 p-m at any participating Taco Bell location. 

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