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Woman shot in parking lot said she was buying drugs

A woman shot multiple times in a fast food parking lot was driving a car with a large amount of cash inside and told police she thinks she was shot by a man she's bought drugs from in the past, according to court documents. The woman was last listed in serious - but stable - condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Senate plan would boost North Spokane Corridor funding, gas tax

OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of road projects that could complete the North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over three years. The $8.7 billion price tag for projects all over the state gets a formal airing this afternoon. Whether it will prompt a special session or just lay the groundwork for more debate next year is unknown.

North Spokane Rite Aid robbery suspects arrested

Spokane police arrested two men they say robbed a north Spokane drugstore Tuesday night. Eric Reisen, 22, and Thomas Sweeney, 24, are both in Spokane County Jail after police say they robbed a Rite Aid location near North Division Street and East Rowan Avenue. Reisen and Sweeney showed a gun and a note demanding pharmacy clerks hand over all the OxyContin, according to an affidavit. The clerk placed numerous bottles of OxyContin in a bag, as well as a bottle with a tracking device inside, according to the affidavit. The two men then fled the store, leading police on a short high-speed chase.

Girl’s wish for heart-shaped tree park becomes reality in Spokane

After plenty of pestering by a precocious 9-year-old, there’s a new grove of freshly planted trees in a north Spokane park. Holly VanVoorhis was 7 when she asked her dad, landscape architect and Park Board member Ken VanVoorhis, if she could help him design a park. He let his daughter tinker in his drafting software until she’d designed a heart-shaped tree park.

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes transportation plan

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Spokane on Wednesday, urging state lawmakers to craft a new transportation bill that would include money for the North Spokane Corridor. “I think we ought to have a transportation package before the Apple Cup in the state of Washington,” Inslee said from the Francis Avenue bridge, scheduled to be completed by early next year as part of efforts to rejuvenate Highway 395 as a thoroughfare to Canada. The timetable would require the Legislature to hold another special session – its third of the year – to reach an agreement before the Cougars and Huskies face off Nov. 29 on the football field.

Washington Senate tour lets public share transportation priorities

Completing the North Spokane Corridor from Francis Avenue to Interstate 90 remains a top priority for local elected leaders seeking state funding for the project. On Wednesday, two state senators will bring a statewide transportation listening tour to Spokane Valley to hear what improvements residents want, and elected officials said that includes the new freeway’s completion.

Spin Control: State’s effort at tolling is a long, tortuous road

OLYMPIA – To the long list of things Puget Sound communities have that Spokane residents can be glad they don’t, add toll bridges. Spokane’s last such facility, the Maple Street Bridge, removed “Toll” from its title in 1990 after some 42 years of collecting spare change. For most of that time, the toll was a dime. In one of the best signs of how – shall we say thrifty? – Spokane was, many people drove a half-mile out of their way and waited through several more traffic lights to use the Monroe Street Bridge rather than toss two Tom Jeffersons or one FDR in the basket.

Bidding opens soon for next stage of corridor

The next step in building the North Spokane Corridor involves up to $20 million worth of work to reconfigure rail lines in Hillyard. The job will take almost two years. Bids are scheduled to be opened Aug. 1.

House transportation budget passes

OLYMPIA – House Democrats passed a two-year, $8.4 billion spending plan for the state’s highways, bridges, ferries and bus systems on Tuesday, overcoming Republican objections about a controversial bridge over the Columbia River and the way tolls are set on roads and bridges. “It’s a solid budget. It doesn’t have a lot of frills,” said Transportation Committee Chairwoman Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island.

Corridor is in transportation plans

OLYMPIA – Legislators began hearings Thursday on competing but similar multibillion-dollar spending plans for Washington’s highways, bridges, ferries and mass transit. Prepared separately by the House and Senate, the two $8.4 billion transportation budget proposals have many things in common. Described variously as “bare bones” and “Band-Aid” by some Democrats involved in writing the plans, neither calls for big new projects or new taxes.

Money would be used to extend North Spokane corridor

OLYMPIA – The North Spokane corridor is among the beneficiaries of the Legislature’s latest bid to boost gas taxes and other fees. The long-running road construction project – sometimes called the North-South Freeway – is one of five designated statewide “impact” projects in the Connecting Washington package proposed Wednesday by House Democrats, and the only one in the Spokane area.