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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

Montana’s Public Service Commission is giving its staff six months to complete a rail safety risk assessment and plan after a report criticized the agency for not having one.

Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank

Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste are raising concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and workers are preparing to pump out the area of the …

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power …

Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.

Marijuana grinder resembling grenade halts airport flights

Officials say flights were delayed at Bellingham International Airport after a marijuana grinder designed to resemble a grenade was found in a man’s carry-on luggage.

Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety

Amtrak has been ordered to retrain rail workers on basic safety rules days after a train going 106 miles per hour struck and killed two Amtrak employees working on the …

Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety

Amtrak has been ordered to immediately retrain track workers on basic safety rules after a passenger train struck and killed two Amtrak employees near Philadelphia.

FAA writing rules for commercial drone flights over people

Federal aviation officials said Wednesday they will work quickly on regulations that would permit small, commercial drones to fly over people and crowds.

School spends nearly $350,000 to get rats out of cafeteria

It has taken a month and nearly $350,000 to remove the rats from the Snohomish High School cafeteria. Everett school officials say the building is expected to reopen next week …

Lock at University of Idaho water tank broken

A University of Idaho water tank was shut down Monday after personnel discovered its lock was broken, and officials say they are unsure if there is any connection to three …

20 Arkansas homes evacuated because of Civil War landmine

Police in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have evacuated about 20 homes after a man mistook a Civil War-era landmine for a cannonball and took it home.

Vancouver man accused of giving pot cake to his child

A Vancouver, Washington, man accused of giving his 4-year-old daughter marijuana-infused chocolate cake appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on a child assault allegation.

18 go blind after cataract surgery in Brazil

Brazilian officials say 18 people have been left blind after undergoing cataract surgeries in which non-sterilized instruments were used in an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.

Government says it will go after hoverboard makers, sellers

In a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this …

Hanford board says proposed cleanup deadline too extreme

The Hanford Advisory board says a proposed change in deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the reservation is too extreme.

Are your kids safe? Connected toy security could expose them to risks

Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure – not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read …

Sue Lani Madsen: Bicyclists, get smart and drop the urban camouflage

One of the reasons for a relatively high casualty rate among bicyclists involved in traffic accidents became apparent to me on a trip through downtown Spokane this fall – bicycle …

Guards in Spokane schools won’t be armed

A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.

City begins demolishing Under the Freeway skate park

A backhoe tore down the ramps and rails of Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park Monday morning, marking the end of the popular-yet-troubled skating destination near Lewis and Clark High …

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 …

Oregon Sen. Wyden wants Hanford whistle-blower answers

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday demanded to know why a Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistle-blower has lost his job. Walter Tamosaitis last week was laid off by URS Corp. after …

Hanford whistleblower says layoff was retribution

KENNEWICK – Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis was laid off last week after 44 years of employment with URS Corp., he said. Three years ago he lost his position as research …

Cooper Elementary to mark National Walk to School Day

On Wednesday morning, students from Cooper Elementary School will participate in National Walk to School Day. Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the lead agency for Safe Kids Spokane, has asked …

Drowning prevention group advocating for life jackets

The Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition, which includes several local rescue organizations and other agencies, is campaigning to encourage boaters and anyone else around water to wear a life jacket …

School security takes center stage

With classes back in session, districts throughout the region are thinking about how to make schools safer. At a gathering last week in an East Valley elementary school, parents had …

Mother worries about Ford safety recall

Auto manufacturers send out thousands of recall notices each year, but how many of them warn vehicle owners to park “outside away from structures to prevent a potential fire from …

Pedestrian island being installed at intersection near GU

One of the more dangerous pedestrian crossings next to Gonzaga University is getting a fix this summer in a cooperative arrangement between GU and the city of Spokane. A new …

Vestal: How a fun day can go downhill

After a long hiatus, I have returned to sledding. And I must say, I recommend it. It’s great fun. Go with a 3-year-old if you can.

Changes at shooting range aren’t enough, neighbors say

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Friday received its seventh grant from the National Rifle Association to continue safety improvements at the Farragut State Park shooting range, as …