Thursday, March 13, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Police robots, longer school days and the Pope's first anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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Police believe they have found the SUV that struck and killed a man Feb. 9 in Spokane near the Mission Street Bridge. (KHQ)

The Spokane Sports Commission is moving forward with plans to build a $25 million field house on the north bank of the Spokane River between Howard and Washington. The goal of the new field house would be to help Spokane recruit large national sporting events and help local programs grow. (KXLY)

Coeur d’Alene Police purchased a brand-new robot to be used by the Kootenai County SWAT team. One of the most important features of the robot is that it goes into harm's way instead of a SWAT team member. (KREM)

The City of Coeur d'Alene and the Hagadone Corporation broke ground yesterday on a pedestrian corridor project that will connect the new McEuen Park to the City Park. Most of the project should be completed by Memorial Day. (CDA Press)

Spokane students may be getting longer school days. Washington already has one of the shortest elementary school days in the country, and the school day in Spokane Public Schools is shorter than most others statewide. The board will make a decision after taking public comment. The goal is to have a plan in place by this fall. (S-R)

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Ukraine’s parliament voted yesterday to establish a National Guard of 60,000 military personnel in order to boost the country’s defenses before the Crimea vote on Sunday. (Time)

Update: At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in yesterday's explosion in New York City that destroyed two buildings and caused a five-alarm fire. (Time)

A drunk driver fleeing police plowed his car into a crowd at SXSW, killing two people, authorities said early this morning. At least 23 others were hospitalized, some with multiple internal injuries. (CNN)

Pope Francis has held his post for a year in which he's become pretty popular. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds 55 percent hold a positive view of the pope, compared to just 7 percent who hold a negative view. (WSJ)


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