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Speed limits cut near Mead High

Because of a recent series of car and pedestrian accidents near Mead High School, Spokane County engineers have installed signs that reduce the speed limit and prohibit U-turns in front of the school. Today, deputies will begin stopping violators to draw attention to the new restrictions.

The speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph from 35 mph between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on school days. U-turns are prohibited at all times in the vicinity of the school on Hastings Road.

Though violators will be stopped starting today, they will be given warnings instead of tickets through the end of the school year to give motorists time to get used to the new restrictions.

Teen mom charged

Quincy, Wash. A 15-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her newborn.

According to a police report filed in Grant County Juvenile Court, the girl told police she had been raped by a man she didn’t know and that she had hid the pregnancy and birth from her mother.

The girl said she gave birth in the bathroom of her home on the morning of Jan. 11 and the baby was stillborn, court papers said. The baby was found dead outside her home.

An autopsy by the Chelan County and Grant County coroners concluded that the baby was breathing at birth and died of suffocation.

The girl was charged last week and is scheduled to appear in court June 2.

Gun found at school

A 14-year-old middle school student was arrested Monday when a handgun was found in his backpack, police said.

Bruce Dearborn, vice principal of Islander Middle School in Mercer Island, Wash., received information that an eighth-grade student might have a gun at school, police said in a statement. The school’s security officer searched the student’s backpack and found an unloaded .38-caliber revolver and two bullets.

The student was arrested and booked into juvenile detention.

Further details were not immediately available Monday night.

Buses to be checked

Olympia The state Department of Ecology, the Washington State Patrol and the Office the Superintendent of Public Instruction are teaming up to check emissions on school buses.

The partnership announced Monday that most school buses in the state will have their emissions checked as part of their annual safety inspections.

Until now, routine emissions checks have not occurred in 34 of Washington’s 39 counties.

The Department of Ecology said about 630 of the 9,300 public school buses in the state have been fitted with new pollution control equipment.

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