Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Pot zoning, drunk driving and the end of March Madness

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

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Today begins the defense's arguments in the trial of Gail Gerlach, who shot another man as he was driving away in Gerlach's SUV. (KREM)

The Spokane County Commission passed new zoning rules requiring that marijuana grows be located on at least eight acres and have setbacks from other properties. The changes, which may affect hopeful growers already in the inspection process for state licenses, are aimed at concerns like odor. (SR)

A fire destroyed a new restaurant in Palouse the night after its grand opening, and a house fire in North Idaho rekindled after firefighters left, causing significant structural damage. (KXLY/CdA Press)

After swerving to avoid a drunk driver, a truck in Pullman rolled into power lines, trapping the driver inside. Avista crews shut off the power so firefighters could remove the man from the truck. He was uninjured and the drunk driver was arrested. (Evergreen)

The process of re-imagining Riverfront Park is ongoing and creating plenty of conversation. Find renderings and details of the next public meetings on the Riverfront Park Master Plan here. (Inlander)

ELSEWHERE

Connecticut — a 7-seed — won the NCAA men's championship last night. (Grantland)

As Ukraine continues to try to regain control of its eastern regions, Nato has warned Russia that further intervention would be a "historic mistake." (BBC)

An American imprisoned in Cuba for illegally setting up Internet there is beginning a hunger strike to protest his treatment. (CNN)

An inspection by the Los Angeles Police Department found that officers there tampered with audio recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored. (LAT)

TODAY AT GET LIT!

Performance/writing mashup From Page to Stage hits the Big Dipper and the story collection Spokane Shorties (proceeds benefit Get Lit!) debuts tonight.

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