Monday, May 23, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: Jail disputes; budget crunches; tornadoes in Missouri

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 7:13 AM

McEuen vote tomorrow? — The Coeur d'Alene City Council is scheduled to weigh plans for downtown McEuen Park tomorrow — an issue that has polarized the city for months. (CdA Press)

Bomb trial delayed — A federal judge has delayed the trial of accused MLK Day pipe bomber Kevin Harpham until Aug. 22 but says this will be the last delay. (NWCN)

Jail rates cause dispute — The Spokane County jail charges its government customers $125 per inmate per day, but the state doesn't want to pay that rate. (SR)

College shuts down unexpectedly — Students at Alpine College in Spokane Valley showed up to class recently to find the doors locked and a sign announcing, "Sorry for the inconvenience, Alpine College is permanently closed for business." (KHQ)

Lawmakers scramble to fix budget — With the special session in Olympia scheduled to end on Wednesday, legislators are desperate to bridge the $5 billion shortfall in Washington's budget. (KREM) 

Sinkhole in north Spokane — A broken water main at Perry and North Foothills started gushing water at 4 am and created a huge sinkhole. (KREM)

Tornadoes rack Missouri, at least 89 dead (NYT)

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