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Inland Journal, July 16, 2019: Spokane County Library District Ballot Measure

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we focus on a ballot measure submitted by the Spokane County Library District for the August 6 primary election. The district wants to adjust the level of the property tax levy that provides most of its funding. The district operates 11 libraries outside of the cities of Spokane and Liberty Lake, including two in Spokane Valley, and one each in Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Patrick Roewe is the district’s executive director.

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Membership Drawing

July Membership Drawing: Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival

SPR will give away FOUR Pairs of Weekend Passes to Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival on the shores of Medical Lake, August 9-11, 2019.

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On Saturday, July 20th, KSFC will help commemorate the incredible achievement of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a variety of programs taking a look back. KSFC will be providing listeners with a binge-worthy afternoon of near-nonstop Moon programming. Four programs will be presented back to back and a fifth program will air during Director's Choice, all covering a wide variety of topics relating to the historic day and the people who made it possible. The programs begin at noon. 

Scientists are beginning to understand why Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men, and why the disease seems to progress more quickly in women's brains.

When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rolled out her "Green New Deal," calling for clean energy and guaranteed jobs, one of the first questions she got was: How do you plan to pay for it?

The New York Democrat argued that ambitious programs can easily be financed through deficit spending.

The news that federal prosecutors will not charge a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, who repeated the phrase "I can't breathe" almost a dozen times while being arrested for an alleged misdemeanor, closed another door for Garner's family and police reform activists seek

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock entered the Democratic primary in May, months after many of his competitors. He has an excuse.

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On Wednesday, Alexis Conell will mark seven years since she received the kidney transplant that saved her life, but the 53-year-old Chicago woman isn't exactly celebrating.

Although the federal government paid most of the costs for her 2012 transplant, a long-standing Medicare policy halted coverage three years later for the drugs that keep her body from rejecting the organ.

So when Conell lost her job suddenly last September, she also lost her health insurance — and her ability to afford the 16 daily medications she needs to survive.

Justin Krebs, a campaign director with MoveOn, isn't interested in hearing pundits debate which 2020 Democratic candidate is the most "electable."

"Because exactly four years ago right now there was a messy crowded primary, with too many candidates, people who were totally unelectable, and Donald Trump was one of them and ended up winning," he pointed out.

And in the same vein, many Democrats thought former President Barack Obama was unelectable until he started winning primaries in 2008.