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    Lake Roosevelt park ranger shot man near son, family says

      The Kettle Falls man shot by park rangers at a campground over the weekend had been standing alongside his 9-year-old son when the bullet tore into his torso, family members … 918

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    ‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options

    The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance … 653

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    Gonzaga students deter break-in with gun, which university seizes

    When a Gonzaga University student chased a belligerent homeless man from his front door at gunpoint, he and his roommate didn’t imagine the incident might result in their expulsion. But … 562

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    Gerlach charged with manslaughter for shooting car thief

    Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he … 524

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    Community divided on shooting of car thief

    A poster intended to memorialize “a friend and son” has become a message board for a community divided about whether a Spokane homeowner was justified in killing an unarmed man … 481

  6. 06
    Jury acquits Gerlach of manslaughter

    Tears flowed on both sides of a Spokane courtroom Thursday as a jury acquitted Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the March 2013 death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. 467

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    High court nixes NJ appeal on gun rights in public

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New Jersey’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away … 462

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    McMorris Rodgers: GOP won’t back down on budget fight

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Spokane Republican at the center of the partial government shutdown, said Friday the GOP remains united in forcing Democrats to the negotiating table over … 455

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    Glitches hurt Obama’s pitch on health reform

    WASHINGTON – As the pitchman for his landmark health care law, President Barack Obama promised to make buying insurance as easy as buying a plane ticket online or a “TV … 453

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    Cheney schools apologize for allowing missionary’s speech

    Cheney school officials have apologized to the parents of a middle school student for allowing a self-styled religious missionary to be the featured speaker at a mandatory school assembly. Terry … 446

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    Rep. Matt Shea travels to Nevada to support defiant rancher

    Spokane Valley state legislator Matt Shea traveled to Nevada last weekend to support defiant rancher Cliven Bundy’s stand that he doesn’t have to pay grazing fees on federal land. Shea … 439

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    Gonzaga students with guns placed on school probation

    With the national media spotlight on them, two Gonzaga University roommates put on school probation for violating a weapons policy said they’ll appeal the sanction. Seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel … 412

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    Evangelicalism shouldn’t close hearts

    If you think you understand “the” evangelical Christian perspective on gay marriage, you might want to read a letter Julia Stronks wrote and hundreds of people signed. Stronks, a political … 402

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    ‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

    Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as … 401

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    Stevens County ranchers move sheep after wolves kill 24

    A Stevens County family moved 1,800 sheep off private grazing land over the weekend to protect their flock from wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals … 398

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    Bergdahl story stirs anger, accusations

    WASHINGTON – For all the yellow ribbons strewn across his hometown in Idaho and the gratitude expressed by his parents in an emotional visit to the White House on Saturday, … 393

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    Get over Hobby Lobby

    So the U.S. Supreme Court decided that certain birth control cannot be forced upon a business owner. Get over it. 393

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    Obama speaks on race, America

    WASHINGTON – In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation Friday to do some soul-searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the … 392

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    Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

    BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he “absolutely makes no apologies” for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending … 372

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    Washington’s health site an early success in a nation of glitches

    Washington’s new online health insurance marketplace, one of the nation’s most successful, has provided early answers to some of the biggest questions in federal health care reform. For example: Do … 371