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Poultry Slaughter Begins Hundreds Of Thousands Of Birds Killed In Hong Kong To Stop Virus That Has Killed Humans

Hong Kong officials and a poultry worker place dead chickens into plastic bags Monday in an effort to halt the spread of a deadly bird flu virus. Photo by Associated …


Researchers Develop Ebola Vaccine

A vaccine that is the first to offer protection against the deadly disease caused by the Ebola virus now works in guinea pigs, and may yet save the lives of …


Making A Dent? Rate Of Injury Unchanged, But Helmet Popularity Up

Ski racers such as Tommy Moe already wear helmets. The head-covering popularity among recreational skiers is rising, too. Photo by Associated Press


Stretch Of U.S. 95 Will Get Barrier

Maintenance crews will install an 850-foot concrete barrier on U.S. Highway 95 on the Bonners Ferry North Hill, state transportation officials announced Tuesday. The barrier will be built along the …


Bike Lanes A Concern On Indian Trail Road

Bob Kingsley was recently sideswiped, knocked off his bike while riding on Indian Trail Road. It was an accident Kingsley predicted a year ago when the city restriped traffic lanes …


Tests Show Some Of Meat Spoiled Health Officials Will Check On Jbs Foods From Time To Time

Some of the meat samples taken from JB’s Foods stores two weeks ago were spoiled, according to Pamela Heeter, food program supervisor for the Spokane County Regional Health District. The …


Public Not Told About Recalls Of Meat Industry Officials Say Notification Doesn’t Benefit Public Health

Restaurant and meat industry representatives oppose telling the public when possibly contaminated food is being recalled from commercial kitchens and schools, they told a hearing on the issue Wednesday. Agriculture …


Car Seat Turnabout

When is it safe to switch a baby from a rear-facing car seat to a seat that faces forward? The official answer has changed recently, creating problems for parents and …


Tainted Trust Consumers, Not Government, Must Judge Unsafe Meat.

In spite of meat recalls, scientific advances and stepped up plant inspections, the federal government cannot ensure Americans’ food is free of dangerous bacteria. And experts say it probably will …


Cracks In Hanford’s Clean Bill Of Health Congressional Watchdogs Want To Make Sure Nuclear Facility Plugs Leaks

Hanford whistle-blowers Casey Ruud, left, and John Brodeur. Photo by Bob Baker/Special to The Spokesman-Review


Police Swarm Festivities Law Enforcement Brigade Prevents Repeat Of Last Year’s Holiday Mayhem

The State Patrol stands by in Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Paramedics Pedal To The Rescue Bicycle Team Quickens Response To Medical Emergencies In Park

Dan Strobeck, an emergency medical technician on the Fire Department’s Ped Med team, gives directions to Sandy La Montagne Friday while patrolling Riverfront Park on bicycle. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The …


747 Blown Up In Search For Bombproof Jet Reinforced Cargo Areas Show Encouraging Results

1. Bombs blow apart a Boeing 747 on Saturday as aviation authorities study ways to reduce damage from aircraft explosions. Photo by Associated Press 2. U.S. and British inspectors examine …


Traffic Changes Sought To Ease Nerves Along Northwest Blvd.

Traffic on Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d’Alene is usually heavy, fast-moving and often stopping to turn off, causing some people to ask if it’s time to put in a better …


Floaters Warned To Stay Off Rivers

River floaters were advised Friday to beach their rafts, kayaks and canoes until North Idaho’s rivers subside. “Most streams and rivers are at or near flood stage,” said Panhandle Forest …


Soil Laced With Pcbs At Landfill Feds To Determine Whether Dirt Should Be Moved

Graham Road Recycling and Disposal Facility opened in 1991 for construction debris and was expanded in 1994. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Lower Speed Ok’d For Deploying Airbags Change Protects Children, But Puts Big Adults At Risk

The government gave auto companies permission on Friday to reduce the deployment speeds of air bags to protect children, even though it could put some large adults at greater risk. …


Some Safe Advice For Winter Driving

From the Pacific Ocean to the east flank of the Rockies, the monotony of roads coated with ice and packed snow is broken only by the occasional stretch of deep …


Chenoweth Wants Action On Air Bags She Urges Agency To Quickly Make Changes In Regulations

Rep. Helen Chenoweth wants a federal agency to speed its consideration of possible changes in air bag safety regulations. On Nov. 26, 12-month-old Alexandra Greer of Boise was killed when …


Car Tragedies Can Be Avoided

Well, this settles the argument over who gets to sit in the front seat. Auto makers and safety advocates are now saying children under 13 shouldn’t be in the front …


Toys Can Be Deadly Consumer Group Urges Caution

Holding an NBA Squirt Ball, 22-month-old Nick Magavern plays with Talentoy’s Puppy Play House during a news conference where the U.S. Public Interest Research Group announced its list of dangerous …


Protective Gear Really Works Not Enough In-Line Skaters Wear The Right Equipment

The flood of fractures and more serious injuries caused by in-line skating falls could be stemmed if skaters actually wore the protective gear safety experts have touted for years, a …


Outbreak May Prompt Juice Review Health Officials Considering Pasteurization Of Juices

An outbreak of E. coli bacterial poisoning thought to be caused by a health food fruit juice sold in seven Western states has prompted some federal and state health officials …


E. Coli Cases Are Traced To Fruit Juice Odwalla Inc. Recalls Beverages Made With Fresh Apple Juice After Outbreak

Health officials said Wednesday that 10 cases of E. coli bacterial contamination, including at least nine in children, have been traced to fruit juice made by Odwalla Inc., a company …


Retaining Wall Buckling From Years Of Car Crashes

The barrier holding up the street at Illinois and Crstline has taken quite a bit of battering over the years. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Lawmakers Hail Invention Of ‘Smart Gun’ Weapon Being Made For Police Can Be Fired Only By Its Owner

House lawmakers unveiled a high-tech “smart gun,” being developed for use by law enforcement officers, which can be fired only by its owner. The .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, being developed by …


America West Plans To Boost Work Force

America West is adding more than 50 employees, including mechanics, after a federal inspection raised questions about its maintenance procedures, federal regulators said Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration conducted an …


Hazards To Get The Shaft A Little Dynamite Will Help Forest Service Seal Dangerous Abandoned Mine Openings

Getting ready to rumble. Forest Service workers drill holes for dynamite in the entrance to an abandoned mine shaft. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Pilots Told To Take Off More Slowly

Delta Air Lines advised its pilots Tuesday to take off more slowly to reduce engine stress after federal investigators said a crack in a recycled metal part may have caused …


Keeping Heads Above Water Flotation Devices Can Often Save Lives

With the summer boating season upon us in the Inland Northwest, it’s important to not only have, but wear and know how to use, personal floatation devices. File/The Spokesman-Review