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2 hrs ago | KHOU-TV Houston

Washington drivers increasingly using marijuana 'contact high' as DUI excuse

Members of local law enforcement agencies said they heard an increased number of creative excuses for impaired driving after recreational marijuana was legalized in early July.

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Related Topix: Marijuana

2 hrs ago | KREM-TV Spokane

Deputies: Contact high is still impaired driving, subject to DUI

Members of local law enforcement said they heard an increased number of creative excuses for impaired driving after recreational marijuana was legalized in early July.

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Related Topix: Marijuana

9 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

Sheriff's race centers on jail debate - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 PST

Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year's campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff's race produced a radio ad pegging the potential cost at $300 million.

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Related Topix: Prison, Spokane, WA

Tue Jul 22, 2014

KXLY-TV Spokane

Cooler temps help fire crews

You might think the rain that fell across the Inland Northwest Tuesday morning would make quick work of fires raging throughout the state, however while the moisture is a relief, there's still plenty of work to do.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Fire, Wildfire, Cheney, WA

The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County unemployment rate takes another dip, to 5.6% - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 PST

Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. Spokane's slow but steady economic pulse picked up in June as the county's jobless rate fell to 5.6 percent, the first time it dipped below 6 percent since 2008, the state Employment Security Department said.

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Related Topix: Spokane, WA

The Spokesman-Review

Spokane unemployment rate drops

Spokane County's unemployment rated dropped by 1 percent in June, nearing the state average as it fell to 5.6 percent.

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Sun Jul 20, 2014

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal funds authorized to help fight Watermelon Hill Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Watermelon Hill Fire, burning in Lincoln and Spokane County, Washington.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, FEMA, US News, Eastern Washington University

The Spokesman-Review

Fishtrap fire spreads into Spokane County - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 PST

Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. The Watermelon Hill fire about 7 miles southwest of Cheney has grown to about 13,000 acres, fire officials said this morning.

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Related Topix: Fire, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Cheney, WA

The Spokesman-Review

In the Garden: Knowing culprit keeps tomato problems in check - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 PST

How are your tomato plants growing? If you're having troubles with them, or have in the past, you're not alone.

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home, Agriculture, Science, Life, Food, Vegetables

Sat Jul 19, 2014

KREM-TV Spokane

Wildfire burning near Fishtrap Lake

Authorities said the fire jumped the lake and started burning in Spokane County.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Spokane, WA

Insurance Journal West

Washington Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Insurance Fraud

Jeremy B. Jeske, 43, a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy, has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud in connection with a case that was investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler's Special Investigations Unit.

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Related Topix: Davenport, WA

Fri Jul 18, 2014

The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County deputy saves newborn's life - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 PST

Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. A Spokane County sheriff's deputy saved a newborn's life Friday by clearing her airway and performing CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene.

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The Spokesman-Review

About Those Smoky Skies Out There

Air quality has worsened dramatically this afternoon after the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for much of the Inland Northwest as winds drive Central Washington wildfire smoke eastward.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Spokane, WA, Spokane Valley, WA, Liberty Lake, WA

The Spokesman-Review

In brief: Police: Man reportedly shot during robbery - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 PST

A guest at the Apple Tree Inn, 9508 N. Division St., told a manager he was beaten and robbed in his room about 4 a.m., police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller said.

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Related Topix: Spokane, WA

Thu Jul 17, 2014

The Spokesman-Review

High-profile challengers in race for Washington's 4th District...

State Rep. Leonard Christian is an incumbent in the unusual position of facing two primary opponents who have as much or more name recognition as he has.

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Related Topix: Spokane Valley, WA, US News

KHQ-TV Spokane

Corrections Officer involved in Deaconess shooting identified

Spokane County Detention Services has identified the corrections officer involved in a shooting at Deaconess Hospital on Monday as Sandy Rief.

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Related Topix: US Military, US News, US Air Force

KXLY-TV Spokane

Shea opponent concerned about rep.'s associations with "violent militias"

A man running for office against Spokane County Republican Matt Shea says he's concerned about Shea's association with the Oath Keepers, a group that describes itself as dedicated to "defend[ing] the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God."

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

The Spokesman-Review

Volunteer opportunities - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 PST

Greater Spokane County/Valley Meals on Wheels - Volunteers are needed to deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled people.

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Liberty Lake Splash

City Council: Should marijuana moratorium continue?

When the Liberty Lake City Council approved a moratorium on the growth, processing and sale of marijuana back in January, much remained uncertain regarding the statewide implementation of an initiative that had passed in November 2012.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Liberty Lake, WA, Wenatchee, WA, Spokane Valley, WA

KREM-TV Spokane

Inland NW Blood Center bus makes giving blood more convenient

The Inland Northwest Blood Center used a new mobile bus in July to collect blood from donors.

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Related Topix: Spokane, WA, Spokane Valley, WA, Chewelah, WA

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