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Poll: Agree w/FBI email call, slightly 

In the poll Tuesday, Hucks Nation, by a 4-vote margin, agreed with the FBI decision not to file criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton re: her use of private email servers while she was secretary of state. Today's Poll: Do you think we're winning the war on terrorism?

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In this Oct. 31, 2013, AP file photo, former "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada, right, poses with Carson Daly on NBC's "Today" Halloween show in New York. (AP/Invision file photo by Charles Sykes)

'CHiPs' Estrada sworn in as Idaho reserve cop

The man famous for his many years as a motorcycle cop on the hit '80s TV series "CHiPs" is now a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho. Mayor Neils Thueson swore Erik Estrada into office on Saturday at City Hall in this town of 3,500 people. Estrada plans to work with the police department in protecting children from internet predators.

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Poop & Run 23 

Facebook Friend Eric Barro tells of his close encounter with a older scofflaw who let one of his two dogs poop on the McEuen Park lawn without picking it up. Eric gave the eye to the guy who simply mouthed an empty promise that he planned to retrieve a doggy bag from the McEuen Dog Park. But never did.

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AM Headlines -- 7.6.17

AM Headlines feature a retired teacher who has dealt with Lyme Disease since 2005, when she was bitten by a tick on a Lake Coeur d'Alene beach. Also: Grieving fam locked inside CdA cemetery/KREM, Senate Judiciary to hear Nye nomination/EOBoise, Grizzly grabs a Glacier goat/Hagadone News Network + more ...

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Labrador opposes NRA-backed gun bill 17 

Already dealing with threats of another Democratic floor protest, Speaker Paul RyanPaul is now facing defections from the right on a GOP gun bill that conservatives complain is unconstitutional, including Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.

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Wounded robbery suspect caught

An armed robbery suspect who was shot by a bystander last week at the STCU Spokane Valley branch was arrested Tuesday night at a nearby hotel, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Jeremy D. John, 44, is being treated at a local hospital for injuries to his right arm and hip.

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Johnson: 'Careless not criminal' 73 

Marc Johnson/Johnson Post re: FBI decision on Hillary Clinton's emails: "Good Lord it is tough work explaining let alone supporting Hillary Clinton. She may be the living proof of the old political axiom that the worst wounds are self-inflicted. She is the poster child – at least the Democratic poster child -- for secretive, damaging dissembling."

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The Sandpoint All-Star baseball team participated in the town's 4th of July Parade Monday. (Marianne Love/Slight Detour photo)

4th of July celebration best reflects real USA 

In a Slight Detour post, Marianne Love wishes that "the images that we see of our nation's annual birthday party would take up more time and space in the media, as opposed the massive amounts of reports dealing with terror, nasty politics, crime and generally negative behavior." She offers superb thoughts re: ordinary people & the 4th of July.

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With no time to lose, Little makes leap 

In a recent editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that Lt Gov Brad Little is wise to run for governor as though he's an underdog. Trillhaase doesn't think Little will be running from behind. The lieutenant governor has experience and a gubernatorial air that should make him the favorite in 2018.

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The City of Coeur d'Alene's Planning Commision is being asked to make an interpretation about downtown drive-thu uses as the result of plans to create a drive-thru Starbucks restaurant at the corner of Sherman and 7th Avenue. (Photo courtesy of city planning department via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Starbucks eyes Zip's for drive-thru 

A drive-through Starbucks could soon become part of the downtown Coeur d'Alene landscape, if the city determines it is allowable. The intersection of Sherman Avenue and Seventh Street is the proposed location of the new Starbucks, according to documents from the city's planning commission.

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Trump praises Hussein's swift justice 32 

Donald Trump on Tuesday once again expressed his preference for keeping dictators in power in the Middle East. While acknowledging that Saddam Hussein "was a bad guy," Trump praised the former Iraqi dictator's efficient killing of "terrorists" -- despite the fact that Iraq was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism during Hussein's time in power.

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Man jailed in death of ex-mayor's grandson 

A man has been arrested in the death of the grandson of a former Post Falls mayor who died last August after alledgedly being forced at gunpoint to eat a fatal dose of methamphetamine. Authorities have arrested a felon they believe responsible for the death of 22YO Evan Mychal Larking, whose grandfather Clay Larking served 13 years as mayor.

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Parting Shot -- 7.5.16 

Let's end today with cuteness times 2, provided by Marianne Love/Slight Detour. Marianne snapped a photo of these twins riding in the 4th of July Parade in Sandpoint Monday. Also, Marianne has several other photos of the 4th of July celebration in her neck of the North Idaho woods, plus a think piece on the annual Independence Day celebration.

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City responds to cemetery incident 

In response to an incident reported by Taylor Viydo/KREM re: a family that was locked in Riverview Cemetery on 4th of July, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor comments that the city of Coeur d'Alene regrets the incident. A city employee had locked the cemetery after the family refused to leave to prevent people from shooting fireworks off there.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.5.16 15 

I enjoyed the full Coeur d'Alene 4th of July experience Monday: 4th of July Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene, a family potluck picnic in my back yard, and then the fireworks show from City Beach at night. Fun. Fun. And fun. I've been attending 4th of July parades for 32 years in Coeur d'Alene. The one Monday had to be among the best.

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A trio of wild felines take up residence under a vintage tractor along Main Street in Asotin. A stray cat issue has become an epidemic, with cats having free roam over the small town along the Snake River. (Kyle Mills/Lewiston Tribune photo)

Mayor Bonfield: The cat woman of Asotin County 

By day, Vikki Bonfield is mayor of Asotin, Wash., near Lewiston. By night, she's the cat catcher of Asotin County. Mayor Bonfield has trapped 45 wild cats in her town. She takes them to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter to be spayed or neutered. The city pays $100 for every two cats spayed or neutered.

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Family locked in Riverview Cemetery 

At KREM 2, Taylor Viydo reports that a local woman and her family was locked in the Riverview Cemetery (behind Forest Cemetery) by a city employee after they refused to leave. The woman visited the cemetery to celebrate the birthday of her late 3YO son.

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Idaho's state/sales tax ranks low 

Idaho has one of the lowest combined state and local sales taxes in the country, ranking in the bottom 15, well behind such states as Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and neighboring Washington. The Tax Foundation has released a new comparison of state and local sales taxes by state.

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Vandal wants to stop hate 

Seems one misinformed person thought it was within his/her prerogative to spray-paint an otherwise reasonable message on a high-profile stop sign at 2nd Street & Indiana Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Duane Rasmussen snapped this picture while photographing the 4th of July parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Monday.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.

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