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VA fraud case allowed to proceed

A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss charges against a 58-year-old Spokane man who is accused of pretending to be paralyzed and successfully collecting $1.5 million in monthly payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, however, ordered separate trials for James M. Sebero, who is charged in the Eastern District of Washington and the District of Idaho with federal crimes related to the alleged fraud. It started in the mid-1970s, authorities say, when Sebero claimed he suffered a paralyzing injury while in the Air Force.

Veterans exposed to incorrect drug doses

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee demanded Wednesday that the VA explain how it allowed software glitches to put the medical care of patients at its health centers nationwide, including Spokane, at risk.

Groups Shift Gears For Election By Mail

A decision by the Spokane County auditor to hold a mail-in election has sent proponents of two proposed Valley cities scrambling. After spending months preparing a low-key, low-cost campaign, proponents of forming the cities of Opportunity and Evergreen said they will have to shift gears with little more than a month left before the election. Proponents of both cities said they will hold emergency strategy sessions early next week.