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Review: Methanol plant would boost greenhouse gas emissions

SEATTLE – A new environmental review of plans to build a massive methanol plant on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington shows that the project would boost the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere – but not as much as if the methanol were made elsewhere.

WATCH: Alternative Baseball

From the time he was a child, Taylor Duncan loved the game of baseball. However, at four-years-old, he was diagnosed with Autism making it hard for him to participate in his favorite game. It was through the adversity that he faced that he created Alternative Baseball, a league for teens and adults with autism and special needs. Our Rob Jesselson caught up with Duncan to chat about the possibility of bringing a team to Spokane! If you or a family member is interested in joining the fun, below is the link to the Alternative Baseball website: https://www.alternativebaseball.org/

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

BERLIN – The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it’s still unclear what the cause was.

Gardening: Use insecticidal soaps for plant’s good health

Now that the frozen ground and a light dusting of snow has shut down the outdoor gardening season, it’s time for the reading and study season we all wait for. Preferably in a comfy chair with your lap warmed by a dog or cat. With that in mind, I want to spend several columns over the next few months on topics that will help you understand some more technical garden topics.

$14.6M Mead schools levy would mitigate effects of recent budget cuts

Alone among the larger districts in Spokane County, the Mead School District decided this year to mitigate its budget problems by offering a two-year supplemental levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. If the $14.6 million measure passes, the district will reinstate some paraeducators who were let go in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel, and expand learning opportunities for nontraditional students.

Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

The Village Voice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly known for its muckraking investigations, exhaustive arts criticism, naughty personal ads and neurosis-laden cartoons, is going out of business after 63 years.

AfD chief: Nazi era a ‘speck of bird poop’ in German history

The co-leader of the far-right nationalist Alternative for Germany party on Saturday dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop” in German history, drawing swift condemnation from mainstream politicians and outrage on social media.

Washington state pilot programs expanding support for family caregivers

Under a five-year pilot, the state of Washington recently created a two-pronged approach for the Family Caregiver Support Program. Both provide free services for unpaid caregivers in a residence supporting a family member or friend who is at least 55 years old. They’re also aimed at helping seniors stay independent longer and out of more expensive Medicaid long-term care in a facility.