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Tests being developed to aid ricin, toxin investigations

As federal prosecutors build a case against a Spokane man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president, the CIA, a federal judge and Fairchild Air Force Base, one of the legal challenges they’ll face is proving that the substance is indeed ricin, a lethal poison derived from ground seeds of the castor plant. Beyond that, investigators also can use tests to figure out how the ricin was made, which can help link a suspect with the chemicals used in the process or determine how much advance planning took place. Some of those tests are being developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, at the Chemical and Biological Signature Sciences Laboratory.

Drone test site could come to Washington

Washington is vying to become one of six test sites for unmanned aircraft called drones. A proposal by a dozen Washington groups calls for the test site to be headquartered at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake.

Serving up visitors

Trivia question: What event generates the most hotel night stays in Spokane? If you guessed Hoopfest or Bloomsday, guess again.

Benzel win tourney at Circling Raven

Prior to Thursday’s final round of the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship, Ryan Benzel figured a 67 coupled with his two-shot lead would probably be good enough for a victory. He figured wrong.

Area golfers dominate Public Links

POST FALLS – Derek Bayley had made five straight birdies and he thought six was within range as he stood over his approach shot on the 12th hole at The Links. His drive was way left, but he had a decent lie and a good angle to the pin. Instead, he made a quadruple-bogey 8 – and he had to do some re-thinking.

Local spa will move into Kendall Yards site

Spa Paradiso, the downtown Spokane beauty care business in the Davenport Hotel, will move into new space in the Kendall Yards development, owners Jan and Larry Schoonover said. The spa opened its doors in the 1990s in the basement of the former Bank of American building downtown. It moved to the lower level of the Davenport in 2002.

Spa Paradiso to move to Kendall Yards

Spa Paradiso, the downtown beauty care business in the Davenport Hotel, will move into new space in the Kendall Yards development, owners Jan and Larry Schoonover said.

Homes sought for quake job

It’s been 11 years since Spokane felt a swarm of small earthquakes, but seismologists at the University of Washington have not forgotten about the city. They are asking for volunteers willing to open their homes for installation of seismographs that can be linked by Wi-Fi to a large seismic network.

Groups: Hanford study underpredicted levels

A $27 million government study to estimate radiation doses received by the public from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s weapons factories is being called into question by other scientific organizations and will be a point of controversy in trials of Hanford “downwinders” next year. The Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction study was touted as scientifically sound when it was launched in 1988. But subsequent testing of the computer model used by Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory to develop the study showed that it consistently underpredicted emissions against actual measurements from Hanford radiation incidents, a lawyer for the downwinders told a federal judge in Spokane this week.

Durfey, Gray shine bright

Tyson Durfey had a busy weekend. The Colbert cowboy stopped by the Cheney Rodeo on Saturday and placed second in tie-down roping, his 9.8-second run earning him $1,328.

Federally led force arrests 174

Two Spokane women wanted on federal counterfeit money charges, an Oregon resident sought on a strangulation warrant and a New Mexico fugitive working at a mixed martial arts center in Kettle Falls: Those are among the 174 suspects throughout Eastern Washington arrested this week in a sweep conducted by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The task force, which started last year and includes Washington, Alaska and Oregon, works with law enforcement to help track fugitives wanted on felony warrants.