Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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On Inlander:

Envision Worker Rights, an offshoot of Envision Spokane, has been using stock photos instead of people who actually live in Spokane on the website for its Worker Bill of Rights campaign. Envision says it’s no big deal. The opposition campaign says it’s part of a pattern.

You might have heard that the U.S. is undergoing a shift in its approach to locking people up. However, a new study has found that changes happening at the federal level might be more difficult to push through at the state level.

Other news from the Inland Northwest:
An interim legislative panel tasked with updating Idaho’s laws regarding urban renewal is unsure what recommendations to make. Critics of urban renewal, which uses tax dollars to combat blight, say it puts public money into the hands of boards with little accountability to the public. Supporters say it’s an important economic development tool.

A former administrator at North Idaho College who admitted to a financial-aid-for-sex scheme has been sentenced. Joseph Bekken was sentenced to 107 days imprisonment and three years of probation.

Pro-wolf activists held a protest outside Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office to call and criticize his policies regarding the controversial species. Protesters held signs and used megaphones to protest a law that allocates money to killing problem wolves. Otter was out of town.

News elsewhere:
Canadian voters have given the Liberal Party headed by Justin Trudeau a majority in Parliament. The election marks the end of Conservative Stephen Harper’s three-terms as prime minister.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is ending his longshot bid for the Democratic nomination for president. He may run as an independent.

A landmark study has found that schizophrenics benefit from more talk therapy and family support than hefty doses of medications that often come with side effects.

A new trailer for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out yesterday, and advance tickets went on sale for the Dec. 18 release.

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