Nick Deshais

Inland Northwest correspondent

Nick Deshais previously served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for SPR, Northwest Public Broadcasting and the Northwest News Network.

 

A resident at the Spokane Veterans Home has died after testing positive for COVID-19. It marks the first death at a state-run veterans’ home in Washington.

The announcement Wednesday of the resident’s death came less than 24 hours after the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs said two residents there tested positive for COVID-19. 

None of the three other state-run veterans homes have confirmed cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The governments in Spokane County today [Monday] invoked an emergency situation due to the coronavirus. Correspondent Nick Deshais watched a news conference held to announce that.

Idaho Secretary of State

After a night of big wins for former Vice President Joe Biden in Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri, the Democratic presidential primaries in Washington and Idaho did little to clarify the race between the race’s two remaining frontrunners.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Biden were virtually tied in Washington state after the first round of counting votes. Sanders received 32.7% of the vote, and Biden has 32.5%. 

In Idaho, Biden has nearly 49% of the vote, and Sanders 43%.

State of Idaho

Transgender Idahoans won’t be able to change the gender listed on their birth certificates, if the Idaho Republican Party gets its way.

A party-line vote sent House Bill 509 out of committee on Friday morning, setting up a full House vote expected sometime next week.

If approved, Democrats warn the law would violate a federal court decision from 2018.

Providence Sacred Heart

Two American citizens with the novel coronavirus were transferred to Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center this morning [THURSDAY], and two more were expected in the afternoon.

The patients’ identities are unknown, as is the severity of infection.

A Portland comedian originally from Libya is taking legal action U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he says he was illegally detained in Spokane.

Mohanad Elshieky says federal officers took him off a bus and questioned him at Spokane’s Greyhound station in January 2019.

City of Spokane

A two year long debate has led to a new name for an old community center in Spokane.

The Spokane City Council on Monday night renamed the longstanding community center in the city’s East Central neighborhood after the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.