Deadly 2017 Amtrak wreck could have been prevented, feds conclude

Crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in the deadly 2017 Amtrak train derailment near DuPont, Washington, according to a final report from federal investigators accepted Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB board members also had sharp criticism for a quartet of entities involved in the Amtrak Cascades service: train operator Amtrak, track owner Sound Transit, rail service funder Washington State Department of Transportion and the regulatory agency Federal Rail...

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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.

May Membership Drawing: Diana Krall Concert & Spencer's Gift Certificate

This month, Spokane Public Radio will give away TWO sets of tickets to see Diana Krall, Jazz pianist and vocalist plus a gift certificate to Spencer’s Steaks and Chops .

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2019 Thank You Event: SPR Goes to the Movies with Monterey Pop!

Join Spokane Public Radio for a special screening of Monterey Pop at the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

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Coeur d' Alene Teachers OK New Contract

Oct 1, 2014

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.

Wildlife Director Defends Wolf Hunting Decision

Sep 30, 2014

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.

October 6, 2014
Spokane Symphony Chamber Autumn Soirée
Music of Schulhoff, Poulenc and Mendelssohn; also the sounds of this year's Montana Baroque Music Festival

Coeur d’Alene's North Idaho College received a major grant Monday to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry.

Around 60 percent of the land in Idaho is controlled by the federal government. And some people would like those national forests and rangelands transferred to state control.

Pot Use Ratchets Up Power Use

Sep 29, 2014

A regional power planning group is nervous about burgeoning marijuana production in Washington and possibly Oregon. But it's not a moral or legal issue. It's about the amount of electricity that will be sucked up by pot growers. 

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is due to release a new 5-year power plan next year. But analysts have realized their predictions for power consumption are complicated by new electricity demands from indoor pot growers.

The amount of marijuana at legal stores in Washington has been in short supply since the stores opened in July, but that is expected to change soon. The fall harvest should bring a more abundant supply to those stores. And those outlets may take more of their share away from the black market.

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