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Jury starts deliberations in Capone murder trial

A jury has started deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of a northern Idaho man accused of strangling his estranged wife and dumping her body into the Snake River.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the panel of seven women and five men started deliberating Tuesday afternoon but didn't reach a decision by evening.

Fifty-three-year-old Charles Capone of Moscow is accused of killing 40-year-old Rachael Anderson from Clarkston, Washington, in April 2010. The body of the mother of four hasn't been found.

A co-defendant last week testified that he witnessed Capone kill Anderson and then helped dispose of the body in the Snake River.

The jury is scheduled to resume deliberating Wednesday.

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WSU enrollment hits record high

WSU enrollment hits record high

New numbers released by Washington State University today show an all-time high in enrollment this semester, along with an increase in diversity and size.

Some 28,686 students are enrolled at WSU campuses throughout the state this semester, over 1,000 students more than the previous record set in fall 2012 and a four percent increase over last year's enrollment.

“This is good news,” said Dan Bernardo, WSU provost and executive vice president. “Undergraduate enrollment is up three and a half percent, which is particularly impressive given the current demographics of the state.” He explained that the state is currently in a “trough” of high a high school graduation curve, reducing the pool of potential students.

At WSU, the overall increase includes a five percent increase in the number of graduate students and a seven percent increase in students pursuing professional degrees in nursing, pharmacy, medical sciences and veterinary medicine.

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Fifth annual 5k Dash for Cash this Saturday

Fifth annual 5k Dash for Cash this Saturday

Get ready to lace up your running shoes for a good cause. This Saturday is the 5th Annual “Dash for Cash,” raising money for member agencies of the United Way of Moscow/Latah County.

The 5k fun run begins at 9 am at Toyota of Pullman, with the route taking runners and walkers to Moscow and back.

Registration is $22 for adults and $12 for children ages six to 15 and includes a commemorative t-shirt. Pre-registration is open online now through Friday the 19th at 5 pm and is encouraged for a faster check-in. All participants should be at the starting area by 8 am Saturday.

Before and after the Dash for Cash, participants will be treated to light refreshments from Team Idaho Real Estate, Idaho Ice, Dutch Brothers, Rosauers and Moscow Food Co-Op. There will also be awards for first through third place in the male, female, youth, adult and senior categories.

Funds raised by the Dash for Cash benefit the following organizations:

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One dead in two vehicle crash near Colfax

One person has been confirmed killed in a two vehicle collision on SR 195 six miles south of Colfax Friday morning.

A car collided with a semi truck, which caught fire after the crash.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a 1998 Toyota Camry, driven by Sammuel Thompson, 20, of Colfax was northbound on SR 195 at Albion Road when his vehicle crossed the centerline and hit a 2012 Peterbilt semi-truck head on in the southbound lane.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene while the semi driver was uninjured.

The crash has blocked the road in both directions and there's no estimated time on when it will be reopened.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Prosecution rests in Capone murder trial

Prosecutors have rested their case in the first-degree murder trial of a northern Idaho man accused of strangling his estranged wife and dumping her body into the Snake River.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that prosecutors rested their case Thursday in 2nd District Court and defense attorneys for Charles Capone are scheduled to start presenting their case Friday.

The 53-year-old Capone is accused of killing 40-year-old Rachael Anderson from Clarkston, Washington, in April 2010. The body of the mother of four hasn't been found.

A co-defendant earlier this week testified that he witnessed Capone kill Anderson and then helped dispose of the body.

Fifty-one-year-old David Stone made a deal with prosecutors to have a murder charge against him dropped in exchange for testifying against Capone.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.