Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Marijuana bankers and tiger crossings

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Numerica Credit Union, based in Spokane Valley, says it will serve accounts for pot growers and processors, but not retailers. Numerica is the first Washington financial institution willing to serve the state's new marijuana industry. (S-R)

In other pot news, Spokane County is easing its marijuana lot size and property line restrictions that would have hurt growers in agricultural zones. (S-R)

The Spokane Police is now handing out warnings to violators of the city's expanded sit-lie ordinance restrictions, passed last winter, which prohibits sitting or lying on public sidewalks between the hours of 6 am to midnight. (KXLY)

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Nintendo is blaming the Wii U's sluggish sales for losses totaling $457 million during the past fiscal year, marking the third consecutive annual loss for the company. (Verge)

As losses are being suffered on both sides, Ukrainian forces are standing their ground and trying to take back towns and buildings taken over by the pro-Russian forces. (BBC)

The Nigerian government is now offering a $300,000 reward for information leading to the rescue of 276 girls captured last month by an Islam extremist group. (LA Times)

The new Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo lets its tigers roam outside of their exhibits through a new enclosed passageway. (AP via KHQ)


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