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Tue., Jan. 11, 2011, 3:50 p.m.

Murray in Spokane Weds.

One of Sen. Patty Murray's first public appearances since the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., will be in Spokane Wednesday afternoon at a very secure location.

The Spokane Police Academy.

Murray and Mayor Mary Verner have a 1:30 p.m. tour of the facility and a 2 p.m. roundtable discussion on energy with folks from  Avista, SIRTI and various city agencies. Subject of discussion: investing in clean energy.

The location has nothing to do with the slayings in Arizona, however. The police academy received federal money through the Recovery Act to help retrofit it to be more energy efficient, a spokesman said, and was chosen to serve as an example of clean energy. The location also was chosen before Saturday's shootings.

Still, it might be hard to find a more secure site outside the confines of Fairchild Air Force Base for a member of Congress to hold a meeting.

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