Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor;All Things Considered host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.   Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.    Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  

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The Tesla Roadster sportscar, a stunning state-of-the-art all-electric vehicle, will soon have another U.S. competitor, built right here in Spokane, Washington.

The new vehicle, called the Qiantu (chee-AHN-too) K50, is already being built in China, by CH Auto, where about a thousand have been sold.

Ted S Warran/ AP

State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is firing back after criticism for participating in a chat event in which a discussion took place calling for violence against people with liberal views. 

The conversation in November of 2017 on the messaging app Signal was reported in the Guardian newspaper.

A new ordinance that was designed to allow the homeless a place to stay during the daytime in Spokane City Hall has been vetoed by Mayor David Condon.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University has a brand new arts venue on its campus.

The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center will feature its first performance later this month.

The 52,000-square foot location features a 759-seat performance theater and concert hall. That hall will feature both student performances as well as 12-to-15 national acts in theater, dance, and music per year.

In addition there is a recital hall/dance studio that can hold an audience of 168. That room features a sprung floor for dance performances, variable acoustics, and audience set up for different events.

The new Spokane Resource Center officially opened its doors Monday.

The center brings a number of different social services under one roof, to offer one-stop shopping for those in need.

The Resource Center is one of several “EnVision Centers” being opened around the country, as a vision of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD spokesman Jeffrey McMorris explains.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Washington State House of Representatives passed what its supporters call a "clean energy" bill Thursday on a 56-42 vote. 

The law would require the entire electric grid to be powered by 100% clean energy by 2045. It would require removing coal from the electricity grid by 2025 and accelerate closure of coal plants in Montana and Wyoming.

Steve Jackson

Saturday marks the annual event known as “Record Store Day” nationwide. 

4000 Holes owner Bob Gallagher cues up a rhythm-and-blues sampler record.

“It’s all recorded on 8 track analog tape, you can tell by the drums. It’s a great label,” Gallagher said.

City of Spokane

Spokane officials released results of the annual Point-in-Time count of the homeless population on Wednesday.

The data seem to indicate progress is being made in specific areas in reducing that population.

King County weed board

This week’s rain is sure to get lots of plants going as the temperatures are warming up. But that might not be good news for some Spokane County land owners, who may be surprised to receive a warning notice from the county weed board.

The Gonzaga Environmental Law Clinic has filed a friend of the court paper in a case that pits several young people against the U.S. government for failing to stop climate change.

The suit contends that the federal government pursued energy policies that caused climate change even though it knew for more than a half century that carbon emissions would destabilize the climate.