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In brief: Elton John plans concert at Spokane Arena

Elton John and his band will play the Spokane Arena on April 8, in a show called “Greatest Hits Live.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com. Prices are $27, $77 and $137.

Elton John has appeared in the region three times: the Spokane Arena in 1999, Pullman (two shows) in 2008 and Yakima last April.

When he played Pullman, the show created a frenzy at TicketsWest. The system crashed briefly a couple of times, but it didn’t prevent all 10,000 seats at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum from being snapped up within two hours. Another performance was subsequently added.

Jim Kershner

Steele seeks attorney change

Edgar Steele is set to ask for a new attorney in his murder-for-hire case.

Longtime Denver defense lawyer Robert T. McAllister said a hearing will take place Monday in Coeur d’Alene.

Steele, a North Idaho lawyer known for his defense of the Aryan Nations, currently is represented by Roger Peven, executive director of the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho.

Steele has been in the Spokane County Jail since last summer, accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, Cyndi Steele, who is supporting her husband.

Steele’s trial is scheduled to begin March 7, but Wesley Hoyt, who represents Cyndi Steele, said Friday that it may be postponed.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Rain, snow to end dry stretch

After a week of dry weather and sunny – albeit cold – days, rain and snow may be making a comeback.

“As we move into Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have increased precipitation chances,” said meteorologist Jeffrey Cote with the National Weather Service in Spokane.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain and snow tonight in Spokane and half an inch of accumulation is possible. Today will have a high near 40 degrees and a low around 28.

Snow is likely Sunday, with an accumulation of up to 3 inches possible. Conditions could get sloppy as rain returns Sunday night. The high will be near 38, with a low at 32.Monday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 35 and a low around 21. There is a chance of rain before 10 a.m., followed by rain and snow.

In the Coeur d’Alene area, snow is possible today and likely Sunday. One to 3 inches of accumulation are possible Sunday. Rain and snow are likely Monday morning, but snow is expected after 10 a.m.

Chelsea Bannach



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