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Barred from Help

Why mentally ill inmates continue to languish in the Spokane County Jail
Eyvonne Bercier can tell when her son hasn't been taking his medication. He jumps from one topic to the next, and often doesn't make sense.

Envision This!

DSP is fighting the proposed Worker Bill of Rights; plus, finalists for Spokane's police ombudsman
WORKED UP The Downtown Spokane Partnership, a group that advocates on behalf of downtown businesses, has called on Mayor David Condon to take legal action to prevent a sweeping initiative from reaching the ballot.

Shake Down

When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Western Washington, what will happen in the Inland Northwest?
It's a chilly February morning in Seattle when the dogs begin to bark. Thirty seconds later the ground is shaking.

Just Say No

Do zero-tolerance drug policies at rave festivals actually make the problem worse?
When 22-year-old filmmaker and electrical engineering student Vivek Pandher was found unconscious at the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on June 27, he was way too far gone to tell anyone what had happened. Pandher was rushed to the Quincy Medical Center by ambulance, his temperature critically high.

Seeds of Doubt

Why a failed biofuels facility in Eastern Washington is raising concerns about a proposed crude oil refinery on the other side of the state
Across the sagebrush-covered hills and windswept fields of golden grain that surround the small Eastern Washington community of Odessa is a pair of hulking metal silos and a warehouse that fits right in with the spartan appearance of the other agricultural facilities that line the town. Developed by the Odessa Public Development Authority with the aid of a $4 million loan from the state Department of Agriculture's Energy Freedom program, this facility was meant to provide a steady flow of biofuels and jobs in the community of 900, where employment options can be scarce.

Bikini Battle

The Spokane City Council votes down restrictions on bikini baristas; plus, a marketing ploy gone wrong
DRESSED DOWN Another attempt to regulate BIKINI BARISTAS has fallen short.

Now Come the Feds

The Idaho Department of Correction is heading to federal court, accused of tampering with prisoners' medical records
Idaho is poised for yet another prison scandal. In the wake of a 2013 investigation, which revealed that the Corrections Corporation of America had falsified documents to cover up thousands of hours of understaffing at the Idaho State Correctional Center, the company agreed to pay a $1 million settlement and slink away from Idaho's failed private prison experiment.

Rushing's Rant

The Airway Heights City Council has asked the mayor to resign after posting a racist Facebook message
The comment, racially-charged as it was, wasn't unusual for the Internet: "Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack.

The War at Home

A decorated Navy SEAL was seriously injured working security at a downtown bar
At 32, Jason Hogan already has been exposed to more danger than most people face during their entire lives. A decorated Navy SEAL Team 3 veteran, Hogan has traveled the world risking his life to defend America's interests.

One Man's Trash

Spokane County is fighting over garbage; plus, initiative proponents turn in signatures
ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE Spokane County has filed a lawsuit arguing it isn't getting the GARBAGE it deserves.

Marked Off

Candidates for public office want your vote. But do they actually vote themselves?
In a few short weeks, pieces of paper will be mailed to voters in Spokane that will determine who controls the levers of power in City Hall. Voters will hear from candidates beckoning them to fill out and turn in their ballots.

Patrolling While Black

Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
Months after graduating from the Spokane Police Academy's first ever all-minority class, Officer Gordon Grant knocked on the back door of an elderly woman's home. She'd reported a disturbance in her backyard.

Cherry Pitfalls

Why fruit is rotting on trees while workers wait at the border
Cherries ripen all at once, and the window to harvest them before they turn to a mushy mess is mere days. And this year in Washington — the nation's top cherry producer — the succulent, shiny red orbs were dangling in the June sunshine two weeks ahead of schedule.

The Real Threats

What worries Spokane's sheriff; plus, Washington's lawmakers finally hash out a budget
WAR ON POLICE? Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is worried about VIOLENT EXTREMISTS, not police militarization, he told the crowd of over 300 mostly Republican community members gathered at Central Valley High School Monday night.

Party of Five?

Why Spokane County's newest commissioner is leading the fight to add two more
It's a rare thing for politicians, at any level, to stand up and advocate for their power to be diluted. But that, in a sense, is what Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn is doing.

Running Dry

How Wild Waters slid from the top water park in the Inland Northwest to an abandoned ruin
The sun bakes the concrete roof of the La Quinta hotel in Coeur d'Alene, where 19-year-old maintenance worker LJ Waldvogel is standing, looking down on the Wild Waters water park below. Nostalgia floods past.

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