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Stimulus to spur work on corridor

Spokane’s long-sought North Side freeway got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement of a $35 million federal economic stimulus grant to pay for a 3.7-mile extension of the southbound lanes between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. It was the only one of three grant applications from the Washington Department of Transportation to win funding in a $1.5 billion round of competition nationally.

Both sides praise emphasis on jobs, small businesses

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she liked Obama’s focus on small business, particularly a plan to take $30 billion repaid by major commercial banks and set it aside for small and medium-sized community banks to make business loans: “We’ve been hearing how hard it is for (small businesses) to get credit.”

Delegation finds some room for agreement on Obama speech

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech.

Fairchild replacing fitness facility

Fairchild Air Force Base will get an extra $28 million next year from the federal budget to build a new fitness and water training facility for the Survival School. The money, which was pulled from savings in the Defense Department’s fiscal 2009 budget, will be used to replace a converted World War II-era warehouse that was damaged last December when heavy snows collapsed part of its roof.

Washington, Idaho delegations back Obama’s strategy

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country. “It was an honor to be here, a generation later,” said Minnick, one of seven members of Congress asked to attend President Barack Obama’s speech on raising troop levels in Afghanistan.

Obama wins bipartisan support from local delegation

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country.

GOP women say study augurs perils

Illustrating the continuing political fallout from controversial new recommendations on breast cancer screening, GOP congresswomen condemned a government-funded study Wednesday and suggested it was a preview of what to expect from Democratic health care reform. Led by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., six Republican congresswomen told reporters that the guidelines, published Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, send the wrong message.

Wounded in war, vets receive Purple Hearts in ceremony

Staff Sgt. Lawrence Jefferson remembers the morning last November in Herat, Afghanistan, when “the whole world just went crazy.” It was 7:30, and he was in a line of Humvees headed to the airport as the security escort for the U.S. ambassador. A car had come screaming around the security truck at the end of the line of military vehicles and was barreling right for his Humvee. His gunner got off some shots, possibly causing the suicide bomber to swerve before detonating the explosives in the car.

Military families gain advocate

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress launched a bipartisan caucus Wednesday to advocate for families of service members. Led by U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., the Congressional Military Families Caucus members say they want a stronger focus on issues such as spousal employment, health care access and the effects of multiple deployments on service members’ children.

Smart Bombs: Is leadership women’s work?

Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living magazine recently published its “best of” lists, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen “Best Politician.” Runners-up were Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. No. 1 in Idaho was Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem. See a pattern here? No men.

McMorris Rodgers leery of health reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers warned this week that health care reform could limit treatment for disabled children, but people who advocate for the disabled say it will expand coverage. As Congress continued to debate health care reform, McMorris Rodgers hosted a news conference last week with more than 10 families who said they were afraid changes to the existing system would mean less care for their disabled children, whose medical conditions include cystic fibrosis, spina bifida and Down syndrome.