Monday, May 15, 2017

Spokane asks nonprofit to move, BNSF questions cancer risk in study, and morning headlines

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NEWS: The city of Spokane is asking the nonprofit Blessings Under the Bridge to... stop serving people under the bridge
click to enlarge Spokane asks nonprofit to move, BNSF questions cancer risk in study, and morning headlines
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Blessings Under the Bridge has been asked to find another place to offer weekly meals and services.

NEWS: Washington's Attorney General's Office filed a suit against the Spokane County Democrats for failing to report $104,190 in contributions in a timely manner.

WHAT'S UP?: From folk rock to throwback movie showings, zombie auditions to the chance to find a "real job," here are some of this week's event highlights.


"Welcome strangers at your front door"
Writer Sherman Alexie shared advice with Gonzaga's graduating class Sunday, sprinkling in personal stories and his signature humor, the Spokesman-Review reports: "Driving through Spokane, Gonzaga was some foreboding castle," Alexie said. "I thought Dracula lived there. My mom said, 'No, just Jesuits.'"

Questioning the science

BNSF Railway is appealing a final environmental study for a coal terminal in Longview, Washington, after part of the study found there would be a 10 percent increase in cancer risk for residents in that county due to the increased diesel emissions from trains. The Longview Daily News reports that BNSF says there are "no credible scientific studies" showing an increased cancer risk for people that live by those tracks.

Not kosher
Idaho is being hit with a class-action lawsuit after its prisons refused to provide Jewish inmates with kosher meals, the Spokesman-Review reports.

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Northwest Winterfest @ Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. and Sundays, 3-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 1
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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...