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In brief: McMorris Rodgers to speak at convention

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will get a prime-time speaking spot at the Republican National Convention next week.

The Eastern Washington Republican will speak Monday, the first full day of the convention, themed “We can do better,” the Republican National Committee said.

McMorris Rodgers has had a prominent role in GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign for months. She’s his campaign co-chairwoman for Washington state, the campaign liaison to the House of Representatives, a co-chairwoman of Farmers and Ranchers for Mitt and a co-chairwoman of Women for Mitt. She also had a high-profile role in efforts by House Republicans to rebut Democratic charges of a GOP “war on women.”

McMorris Rodgers will speak after House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and before Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Ann Romney.

Mica Peak zip line project needs permit

A Spokane-area family is seeking a special zoning permit so that it can develop a zip line at Mica Peak.

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners will hear the proposal by the Demars Family Trust at its 2 p.m. meeting today in the lower level of the Public Works Building. Public testimony will be taken.

The zip line, with platforms, would be on the family’s 204-acre parcel on the north side of Mica Peak.

The project would ensure that the acreage does not become a housing development, said family member Rick Stewart.

The Spokane County Planning Commission earlier voted to recommend the changes.

Software developers invited to SpoCode

SpoCode, a data camp for developers of software applications, will take place Wednesday evening at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane.

The event is designed to bring developers of all skill levels together for interactive learning and hands-on activity. It will include presentations on government data, mobile development and the application programming interface for Seattle-based Socrata, a developer and provider of open data services.

The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. For information, visit


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