Monday, April 2, 2018

Things to do this week, China raises tariffs on apples and other morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 9:05 AM

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EVENTS:
This week you could learn about ancient landmarks taught to school children everywhere, hear some kick-ass music, enjoy the oddity that is Reefer Madness and then discuss current cannabis legislation and more. Dan Nailen's got your curated list of this week's events right here.

NEWS: As cars become more efficient, Washington state expects to start losing a big share of its 49.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax, which pays for roads and highway infrastructure. In an effort to plan ahead, the state is testing a system with 2,000 volunteers this year to see if people could pay per mile they drive instead.

IN OTHER NEWS


Crash that killed Washington family may have been on purpose
The California car crash that killed two Washington women and at least three of their adopted children may have been intentional, according to police. (KREM)

Looking ahead
A Seattle man was the first adult to get a new gene therapy that might help stop his vision from deteriorating due to an inherited disease. (Seattle Times)

Tit for tat for tariff
In response to the U.S. raising tariffs on steel and aluminum, China has raised duties on U.S. apples, pork and other products. (Associated Press)

Murder charge in CdA death
After agreement by a grand jury, a man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Michaela Morton, who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in 2016. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports she'd given police evidence the man, Larry Penkunis, was selling meth just days before she died. (CDA Press)


Seeking asylum
They sold their stuff, left behind jobs and went from Iran to Austria as they sought U.S. asylum, but with changes by the Trump administration, NPR reports a program that used to take virtually all applicants trying to escape religious persecution in Iran is now turning people away, leaving them in limbo. (NPR)

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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...