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McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

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Washington's pot license lottery gets underway

Washington state is holding a lottery this week to select more than 300 licensees across the state to run recreational marijuana shops.

In places like Spokane eight recreational pot stores are allowed but 108 people applied to run those stores, so the state is holding a city-by-city lottery to see who gets the licenses.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the lottery Monday and it runs through the end of the week.

It's double-blind, which means absolute anonymity for the applicants so no one gets special treatment.

The people applying still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are issued.

Although we won't know who gets a license for a few weeks it's an exciting time for the applicants, like Dan Magadanz, who manages "The Peaceful Choice," a local medical marijuana dispensary.

"The second recreational market in the United States is opening and nobody has anything right now. We're standing in a position where we're really excited to be one of the people that help this industry move into legitimate business," Magadanz said.

Red Cross offering free training for rural volunteers

Red Cross offering free training for rural volunteers

Thanks to a new a grant, the Inland Northwest chapter of the Red Cross will be providing free disaster response training for those wishing to volunteer in rural areas.


The Red Cross will be hosting training sessions in Whitman, Pend Oreille, Bonner, Stevens, and Ferry counties between now and June 1st. Once trained, volunteers are placed on a Disaster Action Team which responds immediately to local disasters. Volunteers who are trained as local disaster responders are also qualified to deploy to national disasters when needed.

Genesee school on lockdown after gunshot victim found

Genesee School is resuming as normal after a lockdown Friday morning.

Latah County Sheriff's deputies and Idaho Stat Police officers were responded to a gunshot victim around 8 a.m.

He was found in the backyard of a home on Hazel Street with a gunshot wound to his head. He was alert.

Deputies placed the nearby Genesee School in lockdown while they assessed the situation.



Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

Boise State had asked for a 6.1 percent increase, while UI had asked for a 4.7 increase.

But the board said it wanted to hold increases to no more than 4 percent.

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the state filed the lawsuit Monday in 2nd District Court seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages for costs in fighting the fire.

Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12, 2012, after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.

The lawsuit names Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc., a Kamiah-based logging contractor.

Idaho officials contend a logging crew started the fire using equipment that didn't meet Forest Service standards required by law.