Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Bad roads, drug trafficking and an explosion in NYC

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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A new report released yesterday shows Spokane has some of the worst road conditions in the state. It said drivers spend hundreds of dollars a year fixing their cars because streets in the area are so bad. (KREM)

A fatal three-car accident closed both directions of U.S. Highway 95 for about two hours yesterday afternoon at the Spokane River Bridge. The highway is now reopened. (S-R) 

The Drug Enforcement Agency is stepping up efforts to crack down on heroin being smuggled into the U.S. Heroin use is hitting the entire country, including Spokane where arrests shot up from about 60 arrests in 2010 to close to a hundred two years later in 2012. (KHQ)

A man reported the theft of guns and a World War II-era samurai sword, valued at $5,000, from a gun safe in his Coeur d'Alene home this weekend. Several guns, including a Smith and Wesson revolver and a Ruger semi-automatic pistol were taken. (CDA Press)

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Two people have been killed and more than 18 injured in an explosion and building collapse in Manhattan this morning. A number of people are still missing. (NYT)

Sen. John McCain will lead a delegation to Ukraine tomorrow to meet with government leaders as the Russian occupation of Crimea continues and Crimeans prepare to vote in referendum on seceding from Kiev. The primary purpose of the trip is to learn more about the circumstances on the ground. (Daily Beast)

HIGHER ED

Relationship columnist "Abby Student" over at WSU's The Daily Evergreen made it on The Colbert Report last night. The original article was about anal sex and the stigma that sometimes comes with it. More higher ed news here. (Colbert Nation)
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