Spokane

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

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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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WWII Vet Killed
6:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Teens Charged As Adults, Plus A Surprising Claim In Court

Two sixteen year olds accused of beating and robbing a world war two veteran will be tried as adults in Spokane County District Court. That’s just one new layer in the death of 88 year old Delbert Belton.

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Arrests
6:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Police Finish Arrests, Bail Set For First Suspect In Vet Killing

A judge in Spokane has set a steep bail for the first of two 16-year-old males charged with 1st degree robbery and 1st degree murder. Both males are accused of robbing and beating to death 88-year old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran.

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Spokane Charter Schools
7:19 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District In Washington Seeking To Choose Their Charter Schools

The Spokane School District wants to be allowed to consider applications from prospective charter schools.

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Hoopfest
6:46 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Slackline World Cup In U.S. For First Time, At Hoopfest

7,000 or so basketball teams take to the streets of Spokane this weekend to play in the 24th annual Hoopfest. Hoopfest’s organizers have a new trick up their sleeves this year, which will bring athletes from around the world to compete in a different sport. Paige Browning has the story.

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