Spokane

DOJ Spokane Police
4:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

DOJ: Spokane Not Excessive With Force; Troubled With Admin Problems

The US Department of Justice has found leadership was lacking amongst Spokane police for more than eight years. This came in a list of 42 recommendations handed down by the federal COPS program to the Spokane Police Department Friday.

The recommendations came after the police department requested a federal review of its use of force practices. It stems from a 2006 case, in which Spokane man Otto Zehm was beaten by police and died.

COPS Director Ron Davis says they reviewed more than 200 use-of-force cases from the past five years.

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Northwest PEN Winner
6:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Spokane’s Shawn Vestal Wins PEN Prize For Debut Fiction

Shawn Vestal at the 2014 PEN American Center Literary Awards
Credit Beowulf Sheehan / PEN American Center

“Faith became a larger and larger part of the book as I began to shape it and write the later stories. And for me, that’s just Mormonism. That’s what faith is. That's my background, and so that's the prism through which I can look at the subject."

A Northwest writer is this year’s winner of a prestigious PEN award. Shawn Vestal of Spokane won the prize for debut fiction Monday night in New York.

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WSU Medical School
10:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU 'Well Positioned' To Develop Own Medical School

Washington State University
Credit Photo credit: ELBAZ / Wikimedia commons

By Friday morning, Washington State University leaders could approve one of the biggest educational ventures the school has seen in decades. A new report shows WSU is ready for a full-fledged medical school in Spokane.

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Spokane Native Baseball
8:31 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan during an at-bat at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:58 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Pot Stores Open Around Washington

Marijuana retailers opened across the state Tuesday.
Credit Mark / Flickr

Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday. Excited customers lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this wrap-up.

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Native American History
7:31 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Gathering The Stories Of Northwest People "Left Out" Of History

Author LLyn De Danaan at home in Mason County, Washington.
Credit Mary Randlett

It started with the discovery of long-forgotten gravestones in a thicket of bramble and alder. That set one author on the faint trail of a feisty Native American woman and oyster farmer who lived in 19th century western Washington. The biographer is using the resulting book to inspire other Northwesterners - particularly tribal members. She wants to bring out the stories of people who, in her words, have been "left out of our histories." Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Oyster Bay in Mason County, Washington.

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Portable Classrooms
8:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
Credit Cassandra Profita / EarthFix

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space. But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms.

One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box."

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Northwest News
9:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington Gets Its First Charter School

PRIDE Prep's Brenda McDonald says she is excited to be apart of Washington state's first charter school.
Credit PRIDE Prep's Facebook

Spokane has approved Washington State’s first charter school after a unanimous vote by the city’s public school board.

Spokane Public Schools received applications earlier this year from three charter school organizations; PRIDE Prep, iLead and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. After submitting applications organizations went through interviews and public forums.  In a vote January 22, the school board unanimously approved the PRIDE Prep school.

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Dental Care
6:34 am
Mon December 2, 2013

ABCD All It Takes For Low-Income Kids To Get A Dentist

The Washington Dental Service Foundation, citing Medicaid research, announced last month (November) that Washington actually leads the nation in giving low-income kids access to dental care.
Credit Melissa Clark/Flickr

When a child’s first tooth erupts, the American Dental Association recommends parents get them into the dentist. For low income families, that sometimes isn't an option. But Washington’s low-income kids have more dentist visits than in any other state.

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Northwest Gaming
5:52 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Creators Of 'Myst' Hope For Comeback With New Fan-Funded Game

Promotion photo from Obduction.
Cyan, Inc.

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:26 pm

The Northwest programmers behind the computer game Myst are now trying to write their next chapter.

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