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The lime green bikes and scooters are back in Spokane.

The short-term rental program of the electric scooters and bikes began with a pilot program last fall in Spokane. During that two-month period, 148,000 individual rides were taken, mostly on the scooters.

Spokane County

Spokane County officials began renovation today [Monday] of a facility that will house the medical examiner’s office.

That office currently occupies space near Holy Family Hospital.

The office’s new home is much larger and located just a few blocks east of the downtown core, just off of First Avenue.

Scott Morris To Retire As Avista CEO

May 13, 2019

Scott Morris, Avista’s chief executive officer, is retiring from the company, effective next spring. He will be replaced as CEO on October 1 by Avista’s president, Dennis Vermillion.

Have you ever ignored your car’s oil change a bit too long? That’s essentially what happened at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant this past winter. It’s the latest “green finding” for the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Washington.

Spokane To Host State HIV Conference This Week

May 13, 2019

For the first time, the Washington state HIV conference is coming to Spokane. The event will be held Thursday and Friday at the Convention Center.

Among the speakers is the leader of a campaign that promotes the concept that many people with HIV carry such low levels of the virus that they are incapable of passing it on. It’s called Undetectable Equals Untransmittable, or U=U.

Washington is poised to become the first state in the nation to offer a public health insurance option, as well as a new, employee-paid long-term care benefit.

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who is running for president, signed both landmark measures into law Monday at a packed bill signing ceremony in the State Reception Room at the Capitol in Olympia.

At the same time Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing three Fortune 15 pharmaceutical distributors for allegedly “fueling the state’s opioid epidemic,” majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature this year left intact a generous tax break for distributors of opioids and other prescription drugs while raising taxes on other business sectors.

Inland Journal, May 13, 2019: Spokane Mayor David Condon

May 13, 2019
City of Spokane

Monday on the Inland Journal podcast, we go to Spokane City Hall and talk with Mayor David Condon. On Monday, candidate filing week begins in Washington. The mayor isn't eligible to run again because of term limits. So we ask him his thoughts about the qualifications and characteristics he will be looking for in the candidates who will file? Which issues should the candidates be talking about?

Mead School District Says It Will Avoid Teacher Layoffs

May 10, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Mead School District officials say it appears they won’t have to lay off any teachers as part of a plan to cut more than $11 million in spending.

School board president Carmen Green says administrators have been able to reduce the current workforce through early retirements, teachers taking long-term leave and other measures.

Eastern Washington Fire Danger Level Elevated To Moderate

May 10, 2019
Jacob Frank/National Park Service

Washington state lands officials have warning people working and playing outdoors to be mindful of higher wildfire danger.

Today [Friday] they elevated the wildfire danger status in most of eastern and central Washington from low to moderate.