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In brief: Best of Broadway season lineup released

From Staff Reports

WestCoast Entertainment released its Best of Broadway lineup for next season, which kicks off in August with “The Book of Mormon.”

Also in the lineup are “Blue Man Group,” “Memphis,” “Camelot” and “Guys and Dolls.”

A Spokane stop for “The Book of Mormon” was announced last year. The multiple Tony award-winning musical was created by the duo behind “South Park,” and comes with a warning that it contains explicit language.

Other shows that aren’t part of the Best of Broadway series also announced Wednesday include “Under the Streetlamp,” “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” “The Grinch,” “Shatner’s World,” “Alton Brown Live! Edible Inevitable Tour,” and “Mamma Mia!”

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New bill seals juvenile records

OLYMPIA – Records for many juvenile offenders in Washington will be automatically sealed unless they involve serious violent or sexual crimes, under a bill signed Wednesday.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1651, which supporters said will help children and teens who make serious mistakes get a fresh start after they have been held accountable for their actions and made amends. The new law requires juvenile records be kept confidential unless the youth is convicted of “serious violent offenses” that include homicide, kidnapping, first-degree assault or rape. The law also says the confidential records cannot be published, distributed or sold.

Otter kicks off re-election tour

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter launched his re-election campaign Wednesday with a four-stop tour of the state, including AGC AeroComposites in Hayden to tout economic development.

“We have accomplished great things over the past seven years, but my work is not yet complete,” Otter said. Otter filed for a third term on March 3. He first announced to supporters that he’d run again at a North Idaho governor’s ball in December 2011.

He faces Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, in the GOP primary, along with perennial candidates Walt Bayes and Harley Brown. Fulcher blasted Otter’s record Wednesday as “eight years of missed opportunities,” saying, “Everything is not ‘awesome’ as Otter would like us to believe.”

S-R wants your Expo ’74 memories

It’s been 40 years since the world visited Spokane for Expo ’74.

The World’s Fair helped transform a gritty train yard into Riverfront Park and changed the Inland Northwest and its people in myriad ways.

The Spokesman-Review will publish a look back at Expo ’74 on May 4, the 40th anniversary of its opening day. We’d like to hear from readers about your favorite Expo memories, see your Expo snapshots, or see a selfie of you holding your season pass.

Please send emails to; photos can be uploaded to reader-photos/expo-74.

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