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In brief: Boise woman dies in Ritzville rollover

A Boise woman died early Sunday when the car she was in went off Interstate 90 near Ritzville and rolled.

The Washington State Patrol identified the woman as Dedra A. Morris, 22.

She was a passenger in a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Joseph J. Branda, 22, of Spokane.

Troopers said Branda was driving eastbound when he fell asleep. The car went into the median and rolled onto the left lane on the westbound side of the freeway. The accident at 3:27 a.m. occurred 2 miles west of Ritzville.

Branda was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of injuries and was in satisfactory condition Sunday afternoon.

No drugs or alcohol were involved, troopers said. Both people were wearing seat belts. The accident remained under investigation Sunday.

Hundreds of Priest Lake site lessees sue Idaho

SANDPOINT – Three lawsuits on behalf of 353 leaseholders of cabin sites on Priest Lake in North Idaho have been filed to prevent Idaho officials from increasing annual rent payments.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reported the lawsuits were filed Thursday and Friday in 1st District Court.

A lawsuit filed Friday by the Priest Lake State Lessees Association represents 320 leaseholders, and another lawsuit on Friday includes 17 more.

A lawsuit filed Thursday includes 16 leaseholders and names the Idaho Department of Lands, the Land Board and its five members, including Gov. Butch Otter.

That lawsuit contends the appraisals by the Idaho Department of Lands are flawed and inaccurate.

Rates are set to skyrocket as the state seeks to maximize its profit from state endowment land as it is required to do by law.

Homeland Security looks into border fee

BELLINGHAM – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants Congress to authorize the study of a fee that could be collected from everyone who enters this country at land crossings.

The Bellingham Herald reported the department’s 2014 budget proposal seeks increases in existing fees charged for services, including fees air and sea travelers pay when they enter the country.

But the agency also wants to study the feasibility of collecting a land border crossing fee for pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the United States. Until now, no fees have been imposed on those who enter by car, bus or train.

The budget request says the study should consider a fee that could be added to existing tolls or to ticket prices for those arriving by bus or train.

Local officials say they’re skeptical.

Fight injures inmates, puts prison on lockdown

WALLA WALLA – Four units at the Washington State Penitentiary remained on lockdown Sunday following fighting that left some inmates hurt.

The Department of Corrections said fighting broke out about 8 p.m. Saturday during an outdoor recreation period.

Spokesman Chad Lewis said Sunday that about 50 offenders may have been involved. The four units known as the West Complex house about 750 inmates.


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