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Washington state Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz was in Spokane Friday for the opening of a plant she says is pushing the cutting edge of wood manufacturing.

The use of cross laminated timber is a new trend where wood panels are made from gluing layers of solid sawn lumber together.

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Spokane activists joined their peers around the world today [Friday] in conducting a climate strike. Several hundred people began with a brief rally at the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park, snaked their way through downtown and convened again at City Hall.

MaryAnn Brookhart remembers the day in 1964 when her parents dropped off her 12-year-old brother, Gregory Paul, at the Rainier School for the developmentally disabled in Buckley. She was 17 and had insisted on riding with them.

Caleb Sharpe Trial Postponed For A Year

Sep 20, 2019
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A Spokane County judge has postponed for a year the trial for the teenager accused of carrying out a fatal shooting at Freeman High School in 2017.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price has ordered Caleb Sharpe’s trial moved back to October 5, 2020. It had been scheduled for October 7 of this year.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we’ll talk with two of the three authors of a 2013 review of the Spokane County criminal justice system. We’ll look at where progress has been made as community leaders ponder, yet again, whether to build a new jail.

Some of the recommendations from that Blueprint for Reform have been implemented; some haven’t.

Here to talk about that are retired Superior Court Judge Jim Murphy and attorney Phillip “Dutch” Wetzel.

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Federal health officials are in Airway Heights to learn about whether exposure to a firefighting chemical foam has harmed peoples’ health.

The foam was used to train firefighters and put out fires at Fairchild Air Force Base.

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed yet another lawsuit against the Trump administration.

The latest lawsuit seeks to prevent the transfer of military construction funding to build the wall at the southern U.S. border.

The funds in question, $89 million, were to have gone for work on a pier at the naval base in Bangor, Washington, where Trident nuclear subs are stationed.

Ferguson said the action violates specific statutes of federal law.

Multiple teams of earthquake researchers are looking in what may seem like an unlikely place to figure out how strongly the Pacific Northwest shook during great quakes in the past.

They're poking around the bottom of lakes in Western Washington and Oregon. It turns out lakes preserve a nifty earthquake record that can shed light on the next "Really Big One."

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Suicide among first responders is a growing problem. That’s why police and fire agencies in Spokane and north Idaho today [Thursday] announced they’re sponsoring a mental health and wellness conference for first responders next month in Spokane Valley.

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman has another initiative on the ballot this year, an effort to once again get annual car tabs down to $30. 

Steve Jackson spoke with Eyman about his proposal, and with Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), who opposes the initiative.

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