Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: A school stabbing near Pittsburgh, new Medicare data and another casino study

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

AROUND HERE

The county is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs for another federal study about the potential negative impacts of the Spokane Tribe's proposed casino project near Fairchild. (SR)

Gonzaga University is suing the owners of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory (which offered a drink called Date Grape Koolaid when it opened in January) for use of school trademarks. (KHQ)

Gail Gerlach's wife took the stand yesterday and told the jury she believed the man her husband shot as he was allegedly stealing the couple's SUV was armed. (KXLY)

Coeur d'Alene citizens can now file some crime reports online. (CdA Press)

It's unlikely that many of the survivors of the Oso landslide had landslide insurance on their homes because the policies can be expensive and hard to find. (KPBX)

ELSEWHERE

A student at a high school near Pittsburgh stabbed 20 students and staff members this morning before being arrested. The extent of the injuries remains unclear, but at least four students are in critical condition. (NYT)

Changes to how state workers are hired in Colorado — touted by the governor as cost-neutral — may actually be costing taxpayers there millions. (Denver Post)

New data out today shows that a small sliver of doctors are receiving a large share of Medicare payouts. The numbers raise questions, but, contrary to some implications in reporting about the numbers, they don't guarantee fraud. (NPR)

Thousands of homeless people in India are now able to vote for the first time ever. (BBC)

Here's what you need to know about the Heartbleed bug, which affects security on most of the internet. (Lifehacker)

TODAY AT GET LIT!

Tonight, The Bartlett hosts a teen poetry slam at 6:30 (signup at 6) and a college poetry slam at 7:30, and Deborah Amos, who covers the Middle East for NPR, will speak at Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium at 7 pm. The week's full schedule is here.

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