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In brief: Traffic lights’ cycle to start at 5 a.m.

Starting Monday, early-morning drivers in Spokane will see more red.

The flashing yellow traffic signals that replace the regular red-yellow-green pattern during low-traffic hours will switch back to the regular pattern at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., the city announced Friday.

The change will be instituted because of a rise in early-morning traffic, the city said in a news release. Spokane first began using “programmed flash” at traffic signals in the 1950s.

Car-charging sites used more, data say

SEATTLE – Electric car drivers are increasingly plugging in and charging up at Washington state’s network of public car-charging stations, according to new data from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

But while drivers report lineups at some heavily used stations along Interstate 5, other electric-vehicle charging sites on the state network are rarely getting used, the data show.

Since May 2012, when the first fast-charging station began operating in Washington as part of the so-called West Coast Green Highway, drivers have used the state’s 14 charging stations more than 10,000 times.

Monthly usage for all those sites more than doubled to 1,125 charging sessions last September from 528 the previous September.

Searchers find missing hunter dead

HELENA – Broadwater County authorities say the body of a missing hunter has been recovered.

Broadwater County Sheriff Brenda Ludwig said the body of 54-year-old Gordon McGraw was found Friday afternoon by search and rescue personnel near Winston on Spokane Creek, the Independent Record reported.

Ludwig said the cause of death is still under investigation, but it is not suspicious. An autopsy is planned.

McGraw was reported missing Thursday by his wife when he went hunting Wednesday but didn’t return home.

Scam victims seek to recoup losses

EUGENE – Authorities say victims of an investment scam are unlikely to get much of their money back from James Scott McKee, who pleaded guilty last month to nine counts of aggravated theft and securities fraud.

But the victims aren’t giving up, and the Eugene Register-Guard reported that some are seeking compensation from one of McKee’s former partners.

They’re seeking $2.5 million.



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