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City of Spokane Begins New Supported Employment Program

Spokane Mayor David Condon today [Friday] announced the city has begun a new supported employment program for job candidates with disabilities.

“We want to provide opportunities for meaningful work for citizens throughout our community of all abilities," Condon said.

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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.

January Membership Drawing: Northwest BachFest Tickets

SPR's drawing for January will be for two pairs of tickets to four c oncerts at the Northwest Bach Festival!

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Donate Music, Movies, and More for the Record Sale

Spokane Public Radio is now accepting donations for the annual Record Sale.

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Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said state and federal governments need to take swift action to prevent and respond to oil spills, and prevent oil train explosions. One rail carrier says it is working to ensure that oil trains are safe.

High Court Hears Case of Multiple Offender at Gonzaga

Oct 2, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Washington’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Gonzaga University’s law school Thursday. Students and community members grabbed seats to watch three hearings, one of which originated in Spokane. Justice Mary Fairhurst attended Gonzaga as an undergrad and law student, and says they try to take the court on the road three times a year. She says the case of State of Washington versus Jason Allen Graham, a Spokane man, was a good fit to bring on the road.

If the City of Coeur d'Alene keeps up its pace of building new trails, it may have to change its nickname - from the Lake City to the Trail City. Using the existing North Idaho Centennial Trail as its anchor and inspiration, Coeur d' Alene is pumping hard to win higher recognition from the League of American Bicyclists.

Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife leaders are holding a public information meeting to discuss their efforts to deal with problem wolves in the state. Fish and Wildlife managers plan a public meeting in Colville next week to explain some of their actions in light of recent wolf attacks.

If Coeur d'Alene school trustees agree, teachers in the district will be working under a new contract - a compromise worked out with the help of a mediator - for the first time this year. Members of the teachers' union met Monday evening to ratify a new agreement which will be presented to the school board on Thursday.

The message at Wednesday’s YWCA awards luncheon was for women: take chances in your career, and doors will open. Northwest native Hattie Kauffman knows that first hand, and gave the keynote address at the Women of Achievement event. This year seven Spokane women were recognized for leadership.

Washington state public schools are not required to teach about personal finances. So, a committee appointed by the state is taking financial education into its own hands, and made the teachers be the students in Spokane Tuesday. The Washington legislature has funded FEPPP, the Financial Education Public Private Partnership, since 2009. FEPPP Vice Chair Pam Whalley says fewer than 20 percent of teachers in country have financial education training.

The head of Washington's fish and wildlife agency may find himself on a hot-seat next Tuesday in Colville. The topic is wolves, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife's decision to kill some wolves preying on sheep.

Washington State wildlife managers must try to pull off a delicate balancing act in overseeing wolves. Although wolves lost federal protection under the endangered species act in 2011, they're still protected under Washington State law.

Avista Utilities has made its final yearly proposals to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, UTC. Beside normal rate adjustments, another request will give customers rebates some years, and surcharges in others.