Monday, November 18, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Midwest tornadoes and Black Friday creep

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

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Black Friday has never creeped over into Turkey Day more than it will this year (Inlander). Still, many local businesses in the Inland Northwest aren't taking the bait and won't force employees to skip out on dinner with their families. (S-R)

Sixteen people were displaced after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Hillyard last night. The fire is being investigated as a possible arson. (S-R)

The Spokane International Airport purchased 844 acres of land for a future third runway, but don't hold your breath — it's not likely to begin construction for 15-20 years. (KREM)

An unlicensed 15-year-old driver was in critical condition this weekend after hitting a power pole in Spokane Valley at speeds of up to 100 mph. (KHQ)

More than 60 emaciated horses seized from a Spokane County property are now recovering at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. (KXLY)

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Oregon's health insurance exchange has failed to enroll a single person. Its online enrollment system still isn't up and running more than a month after it was set to roll out. (KOMO)

Three Middle Eastern airlines have placed orders for Boeing's new 777X jets, totaling about $95 billion. (Seattle Times)

Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest this weekend, tearing apart neighborhoods and killing six people in the area of Washington, Illinois. (CNN)

A passenger plane crashed and killed all 50 people on board as it was attempting to land at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan. (BBC)

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