Last year's Amtrak derailment set back regional train service expansion by years

Last December's Amtrak derailment near DuPont, Washington, did more than cost three people their lives and injure dozens more. It's now becoming apparent that it set back regional train service expansion by years.

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Spokane Public Radio is part of the Northwest News Network (N3), a public radio collaboration in Washington, Oregon and Idaho working together to bring more news to our listeners.

December Membership Drawing: Disney's The Lion King

This month SPR will be giving away two ticket packages to Disney's The Lion King presented by STCU Best of Broadway and WestCoast Entertainment .

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The State of Washington is entering the fray in the legal battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Last Friday a federal Judge in Texas ruled that what is known as the Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, and thus, what has come to be known as Obamacare, was invalid.

Now the state of Washington is joining several other states with Democratic Attorneys General to defend the law, against the legal challenge that was originally brought by states represented by Republican Attorneys General.

An Amtrak Cascades train arriving in Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle derailed at low speed Monday. Nobody was hurt, but the timing was unfortunate: The derailment occurred almost exactly one year after last December's deadly derailment south of Tacoma, which killed three people and injured dozens more. 


The first cases related to the Parkland school shooting in February are beginning to work through the courts, testing a number of thorny legal issues.

In the last week, for example, judges in different courts ruled on questions about what duty school deputy Scot Peterson had to protect the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the attack there in February.

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Residents of Falmouth, a coastal city in the far southwest corner of England, woke up Tuesday morning to an unusual sight. Instead of the open waters of the English Channel, they looked out and saw a 600-foot Russian cargo ship grounded just off Gyllyngvase Beach.

More journalists were killed, imprisoned and held hostage in 2018 than the year before, according to the latest annual report from Reporters Without Borders.

In the first 11 months of the year, 348 journalists were detained and 60 were held hostage, the organization found. Eighty were killed.

Reporters Without Borders — known as RSF, for its French name, Reporters Sans Frontieres — released the report on Tuesday.

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