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House Republican leaders on Friday called on embattled state Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Cle-Elum) to resign. The move followed the publication of a story by the public radio Northwest News Network earlier in the day detailing an alleged sexual relationship between Manweller and a 17-year-old former high school student of his in 1997.

Spokane Medical Student Works Summer Session in Peru

Sep 21, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

How do medical students spend their summer vacations?

If you’re a University of Washington medical student and finishing your first year, you have three options. You can head to a small town and learn about rural medicine. You can take on a research project. Or you can head overseas and learn about global health.

The last one has become a popular option for students looking to broaden their horizons.

A former Idaho high school student of embattled Washington legislator and longtime educator Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Cle Elum) says she had a sexual relationship with him beginning after she graduated in 1997, when she was 17 years old and he was a decade her senior. Under Idaho state law at the time, sex between an adult male and a female younger than 18 constituted statutory rape.

Hackers are using various forms of digital skullduggery to steal frequent flyer miles from customers of Delta, Alaska and other airlines. The thieves then resell the miles on the dark web.

Inland Journal, September 20, 2018

Sep 20, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week on Inland Journal (9/20/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    ▪    We’ll hear excerpts from hearings in Spokane and Newport related to the state environmental review of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport.
    ▪    General election stories: We’ll review the races for Spokane County assessor and treasurer.
    ▪    The progressive activist group Emily’s List comes to Worley, Idaho to train female candidates about how to run a political campaign.
    ▪    An eastern Washington man continues his fight for recognition by the Canadian government.

Spokane County Assessor's Race Features Two Republicans

Sep 20, 2018

Spokane County voters will see a new leader in the county assessor’s office, come next year. The incumbent, Vicki Horton, is leaving at the end of her term. One of her lieutenants is vying to replace her, as is a local realtor who once filled in for a year as a legislator in Olympia. Both are Republicans.

David Green

When Spokane County voters cast their ballots in the next week-and-a-half, one of the down-ballot races will be for county treasurer. The incumbent, Rob Chase, is leaving to run for county commissioner. The race involves two candidates who have fundamental differences about the role of the treasurer.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week, a silicon smelter to be built just south of Newport, Washington was thrust back into the news. The project was proposed more than a year ago by a Canadian company originally known as HiTest Sands, but which now goes by the name PacWest Silicon. People in the greater Newport area, including in north Idaho, have been discussing it ever since.

In the last few years, rock-bottom electricity rates have attracted bitcoin miners and other virtual currency entrepreneurs to central Washington state. But in Chelan and Grant counties, that lure may be on the wane because of looming power price hikes.

Spokane Volunteers Leave To Do Carolina Relief Work

Sep 19, 2018
Veterans Community Response

Four Spokane firefighters and veterans are headed to North Carolina today [Wednesday] to help with the recovery after Hurricane Florence.

They’re members of the group Veterans Community Response. That’s an organization devoted to supporting combat vets in their readjustment back to civilian life.