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Bond issues will validate

The first ballot counts won't be available until shortly after 8 p.m. tonight, but one thing is certain with the Spokane city and District 81 bond issue proposals.They will validate, if they get enough yes votes.Ballot return figures from the Spokane County Elections Office shows…

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Today's Fun Videos: SNL bipartisan shots

Saturday Night Live had better than normal politcal satire this weekend. Of course, they've got lots to work with. They took shots at Republicans and Democrats such as:The Michael Steele - Rush Limbaugh flap:Timothy Geithner trying to get a handle on the economy:.

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Not to butt in on benches, but

Let me get this straight. The Spokane Transit Authority wants benches at its bus stops. A company that sells advertising has benches at many of those bus stops, where it rents the bench backs as signs for its ad customers. The city doesn’t like signs…

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That was the week that was

Although there was a lot going on in national politics -- economic stimulus money pumping out to the states, an omnibus spending bill that crashed and burned in Congress, new rules on bankruptcy -- the national political media had one mantra last week.All Rush, all…

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Stimulus money for law enforcement

More than $1.5 million in federal money is being offered to law enforcement agencies in Spokane and Kootenai counties for new equipment, training or personnel. The money, part of the economic stimulus package, was added to an existing program known as the Edward Byrne Justice…

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Gray wolves off Endangered List

U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar is taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list in Idaho and other Western states.Wolves have recovered and don't need ESA protection, Salazar said. Management plans are being turned over to the states everywhere but in Wyoming, where the…

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Today's fun video: Stewart raps CNBC

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show points out a few bad calls by CNBC, after Rick Santelli's outburst against "loser" homeowners.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cCNBC Gives Financial AdviceDaily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri MartinPolitical HumorJoke of the Day…

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That's 2 for the school campaign

The people supporting the ballot measures for the Spokane School District seem to be intent on proving that the community needs to be spending more money on education. It seems they would not last long on that FOX-TV game show, "Are You Smarter Than a…

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About that "stimulus package" clinic

The White House and Washington state's two Democratic senators were very happy to announce this week that a small piece of the stimulus package was headed to Spokane for a new medical clinic.Community Health Association of Spokane was awarded a $1.3 million grant Monday from…

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Getting a Rush: The GOP leadership debate 

After the weekend's Conservative Political Action Committee meeting, the biggest talking point revolves around Rush Limbaugh and his role as the "leader" of the Republican Party.Go inside the blog to view some of the videos that are fueling the debate.

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$1.3 million for CHAS

The Community Health Association of Spokane will get $1.3 million from the economic stimulus package, although the organization that operates five local clinics isn't sure yet how the money is to be used. The White House and Washington’s two U.S. senators announced Monday the money…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

That was the week that was

What did you miss if you spent the week in a cave (one without access to newspapers, the Internet or cable television)?Barack Obama held an economic summit, John McCain was in the audience and got to ask the first question. Obama addressed a joint session…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

Crashed 'copters were under fire

The U.S. Army has released the cause of crash of two helicopters near Kirkuk, Iraq, last month, a crash which killed all four pilots aboard, including Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin Todd of Colville.The two helicopters were hit by enemy fire and collided while trying to…

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General misstated the debate

While asking retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey about the president's plan to draw down the troops in Iraq, Matt Lauer segued Friday morning into another military question du jour, the lifting of the ban on photographing the coffins of returning casualties.For those not following closely at…

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