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NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

High school skills programs like one in Spokane are filling a need for skilled workers in areas like construction, manufacturing, and information technology.

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The student accused in a fatal shooting at Freeman High School near Spokane, Washington, this month has been charged with 51 counts of second-degree assault. He also faces murder and attempted murder charges.

The suspect in a shooting that left one student dead and three injured at Freeman High School outside of Spokane, Washington, last week quietly pleaded not guilty on Friday.

But the plea was mostly procedural. 




The Freeman High School football team will play a home game Friday night on their campus south of Spokane Valley. School will resume Monday after this week’s fatal shooting.

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After she set her books down in a biology classroom Wednesday morning, Kelby Cochrane got hungry. So she asked a friend to go with her to her locker at Freeman High School in Freeman, Washington to grab a snack. On her way back she heard what she later learned were gunshots.

UPDATES: Shooting At Freeman High School Near Spokane

Sep 13, 2017
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One person is dead and three are in serious but stable condition after a shooting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Freeman High School in Washington, about 10 miles south of Spokane on Highway 27.

A student is dead and three are in serious but stable condition after a shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Freeman, Washington, near Spokane.

A student told reporters that a male schoolmate had brought two guns to school and fired one of them at the beginning of the late-start school day at 10:15 a.m. Spokane fire chief Brian Schaeffer said the suspect was "taken down safely" and is in custody of law enforcement. 

As Seattle and Portland struggle with how to accommodate homeless residents, Spokane is catching flack for it’s “tough-love” approach to homeless camping.




Spokane Mayor Won't Sign Climate Ordinance

Aug 4, 2017
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Spokane’s Mayor David A. Condon won’t sign an ordinance that would have codified the city’s sustainability and environmental conservation goals.

Coal and oil trains pass through Spokane daily, but that could change by the end of the year. Spokane’s city council will take public testimony Monday on a proposed ballot initiative that would prohibit coal and oil shipment by rail through specific areas of the city.



Spokane could become the next in a growing list of Northwest cities including Seattle, Portland and Bend, Oregon, to commit to a climate change agreement President Trump opted out of this spring.

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Reports of raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in at least six US states have people in eastern Washington on edge. As Correspondent Emily Schwing reports, what started as a rally in support of immigrants and refugees Sunday afternoon, ended in a wild goose chase at Spokane’s bus station.

A new proposed ballot initiative in Spokane, Washington, could prohibit coal and oil companies from transporting their products through the city by rail. It comes after the city council rolled back a similar effort last month.

This time around, the proposal targets the owners of the rail cars and not the railroad companies tasked with transporting them.

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Firefighters continue to slow the growth of a wildfire that’s threatening the Spokane Indian Reservation, and the town of Wellpinit . The fire is now about half contained. This weekend’s forecast has crews on edge.

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On a near-daily basis, oil trains pass through the heart of Spokane past two major hospitals, a handful of schools and across an aquifer that serves nearly half a million people.

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It’s been ten years in the making, but the Spokane tribe has won approval from Governor Inslee for its Casino in Airway Heights. The tribe says it will be an economic boon that will bring thousands of new jobs, but not all are happy with the announcement.

Ephrata Man Leaves Lasting Impression After Death

Apr 27, 2016
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Picture this: You have a cabinet full of expensive, potentially life-saving medication, but you can’t use it. Do you just throw them away or is there another solution?

 

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited Spokane Tuesday to meet with local officials dealing with the aftermath of a major windstorm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of area residents.
 

The Governor met with officials from electrical utilities and Spokane city and county officials to discuss recovery efforts following the storm. He was told that while there were 180,000 homes and businesses without power following last Tuesday’s storm, there are still about 20,000 without power.

Fire crews have been making progress on the Rutter Canyon fire, burning just north of the Spokane city limits. The 150 acre fire was 25 percent contained by Thursday morning.

Another Fire Threatening Spokane Area

Aug 12, 2015
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Fire crews are again battling a wildfire just north of the Spokane city limits. The 150-acre fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon near the Little Spokane River.

Crews believe they are making progress, but the weather could create problems.

The Rutter Canyon fire broke out in difficult-to-access terrain. The heavily wooded area is the site of many homes. About 30 residences remain on a level two evacuation notice Wednesday, meaning residents should be ready to leave on a moments notice.

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There is promising news on the Little Spokane fire burning just north of Spokane, even as the region is braced for dry lightning and winds in the weather forecast.

Spokane Faith Leaders Decry 'Death To Islam' Graffiti

Jul 9, 2015

Muslim leaders and Christian clergy in Spokane are asking for a federal hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim graffiti discovered on the Fourth of July. Someone scrawled the phrase “Death to Islam” on the side of a Bosnian heritage center.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend.

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A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver won’t go free – at least for now. A Washington sentencing board announced Monday that Daniel Paul Delgado is more likely than not to commit a new crime.

Spokane police say they believe a former Pasco, Washington, police officer accused of a 1986 homicide may have assaulted other women.

A former police officer from Pasco, Washington, has been charged with a homicide from nearly three decades ago.

Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes Six Infants

May 28, 2015
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Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area.

It’s the first measles outbreak in Spokane in two decades. Both cases are in unvaccinated adults. Both are recovering.

But the potential infection of infants before the cases were discovered is especially worrisome, says Dorothy MacEachern . She’s an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional Health District. The infants were too young to be vaccinated -- the measles vaccine is usually done at 12 months -- and MacEachern says measles in babies can lead to ear infections, pneumonia …

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More students are complying with state law in the Spokane School District when it comes to immunizations.

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

The Spokane School District started enforcing that rule in earnest this week.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said a number of students were sent home on Monday, for at least one classroom period.

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Medical marijuana activists are reacting to Tuesday’s verdict in federal court in Spokane, in which three people were convicted of growing marijuana in a state where medical and recreational marijuana are legal. The three defendants were found guilty of growing marijuana, but not on the scale the federal prosecution maintained. They were also acquitted of charges related to selling marijuana, and possession of firearms.

Kari Boiter of the group American for Safe Access, says the fact the jury acquitted the defendants on four out of five charges meant they knew the truth.

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The case of a northeast Washington family accused of growing and selling marijuana has gone to the jury in a federal trial in Spokane.

The closing arguments in the case began Monday and continued briefly Tuesday morning. The judge sent the jury to the deliberation room shortly after 9 a.m.

The federal case is unusual in that it accused a family of producing and selling marijuana in Washington, where both medical marijuana and recreational pot are legal. The family claimed they were growing marijuana for medical purposes.

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