Labrador's Migration

Labrador's Migration

Before he ran for Congress, Idaho's Raúl Labrador argued in favor of the DREAM Act to protect children of illegal immigrants. Times have changed.
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Making a Stink

For decades, cities and towns have spread their sewage on agricultural land, but one group questions if regulations have kept pace with current science
As cold wind whips the air on a recent September morning, bringing the first taste of fall to an empty wheat field near Reardan, workers spend the morning loading the soil with about 75 wet tons of a material that will help feed next year's crop. That material they're spreading?

Pain Relief

A WSU professor will investigate online and alternative solutions to cutting opioid usage; plus, Sessions' Justice Department leaves SPD hanging on reform
ONLINE RX

It Happened Here

The unimaginable took place at Freeman High School, and a community is left reeling with grief and questions
It all happened so quickly. A Freeman High School sophomore — who had been suspended after giving threatening notes to classmates — returned to school last Wednesday morning with two guns and opened fire, killing one Freeman student and wounding three others, authorities say.

'Fear and Shame'

Cuts to teen pregnancy prevention programs will mean less education for thousands of Eastern Washington teens
About half of the dozens of teenage girls who go through Daybreak Youth Services' inpatient and outpatient services each year report having been sexually assaulted. Some of them have been coerced into sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many have been victims of sexual violence, and more than a handful were victims of sex trafficking, the Spokane nonprofit says.

New (Under) Sheriff In Town

Meet the man behind many of the innovations within the Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Dave Ellis is waiting for a phone call. As a supervisor of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit, he gets updates on all helicopter missions.

Public vs. Privacy

News organizations push for openness; plus, is the city soaking county residents?
MEDIA VS. LEGISLATORS

Health for the Homeless

With few other options for health care, homeless people can now turn to the newly expanded Providence House of Charity clinic
For years, homeless people staying at the House of Charity shelter in downtown Spokane had few options for medical care. There was a medical clinic in the shelter, but it was only open a couple of days a week.

The Big Business of Virtual Education

For-profit companies dominate online education in Washington and Idaho, but researchers say these schools can be disastrous for kids
Nearly bankrupt, the rural Omak School District in central Washington was operating on borrowed money eight years ago.

End in Sight

With construction ending on major East Sprague construction, businesses say the city can learn a few things for its work on Monroe
New sidewalks now reach farther into the road along a nearly half-mile stretch of Sprague Avenue, making room for new lighting, trees and hanging flowers, and making it safer to use parking spaces along the revitalized stretch of the well-traveled city commute.

End of the Dream?

Trump's plan to discontinue the DACA policy; plus, new Spokane policies on homeless camps and panhandling
DREAMERS DEFERRED? Nearly 800,000 people who came to the United States illegally as children or young teenagers, and have been protected from DEPORTATION, could be at risk of being deported, sent to countries where many of them have never lived.

Wright and Wrongs

As the country debates the fate of Confederate monuments, a local push to rename Fort George Wright Drive is heating up again
The address of Spokane's Unitarian Universalist Church continues to drive minister Todd Eklof crazy. Not the location, to be clear.

Rebuilding Lives

A city-funded program trains former prisoners and others in the construction trades, precisely when contractors need more employees
When Jason Jones first heard about the program, he was still behind bars, in prison for a drug offense.

Blessings and Burdens

Where Blessings Under the Bridge will serve those in need remains up in the air as the nonprofit's eviction deadline nears
On one side of a chain-link fence, a line stretches around the block. People have been waiting for hours to get into the annual summer luau put on by Blessings Under the Bridge, a nonprofit that provides people in need with meals, pet food, groceries and other services.

A Legacy of Giving

Dave and Mari Clack reflect on years of helping medical students feel at home in Spokane
When students go to medical school through the University of Washington's regional WWAMI program in Spokane, they're in for years of hard work, but unlike students at most medical schools, they have a support system that's ready to help out when life kicks them in the pants.

'A Claim of Actual Prejudice'

Why the Stevens County prosecutor says the county's lone District Court judge is bending the rules
No one believed that Craig Noll deserved jail time — no one, that is, besides the judge deciding his fate last month.

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