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U.S. Air Force to Host Open House

U.S. Air Force to Host Open House

The U.S. Air Force is replacing some of their primary refueling air crafts and with the change they are considering where to house the replacements. Fairchild Air Force Base is on the list of potential new homes for the KC-46A aircraft. But before the U.S. Air Force makes a final decision they are holding open house meetings to educate the surrounding communities about the aircraft.

 

Locally, the open house will be held at the Lincoln Center in Spokane on April 16th. The purpose of the event is to educate the public on the move of the KC-46A aircraft and to give them a chance to ask questions about the impact it could have. There will be no formal presentations made, but Air Force personnel will be on hand to answer questions. Public comments and input are encouraged as it will help the Air Force make a more informed final decision.

 

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College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

A state funded scholarship program is making the burden of affording higher education easier for low income families. Students apply for the program in the eighth grade and this year's dead line is on the horizon. Applications for the College Bound Scholarship Program are due on June 30th.

 

To qualify for the program, the student's family must meet one of four income standards and still be in the required income bracket when they file their FAFSA their senior year of high school. The income standards include students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, if their family receives basic food or TANF benefits, or if the family makes below a certain income depending on size. Students who are in foster care are automatically eligible.

 

New ordinance opens city positions for appointment

Major reorganization changes are sweeping�City Hall after the Spokane City Council voted 4-3 to change the city's employment structure Monday evening.

Under the new organization structure, 6%�of the city's workforce can be appointed by city leaders. The city says these changes will create more flexibility within city government but some say it supports nepotism and could lead to government corruption.

"With assistance from our Civil Service Department and the existence of the city's Ethics Committee, I believe that concerns that evolve because of the nepotism and the�cronyism can be eliminated or minimized," Councilman Mike Fagan said.

"All good policy making is balanced, this policy feels out of balanced to me," Councilman Jon Snyder said.

Currently, police and fire can only appoint two people in their entire departments but�under this change they'll now be able to appoint up to 14.

The city says the ordinance doesn't immediately create the positions, it simply puts the framework in place.

Police investigating toddler's death as homicide

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating the March 31 death of a 18-month-old toddler, which the medical examiner ruled Monday as a homicide.

The toddler, Rylee Castner, died on March 31 at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

According to a search warrant, Castner was taken to the hospital on March 30 after medics were called and found the toddler was bleeding out of the mouth and not responsive. An officer responding to the hospital noticed Castner had bruising under both cheeks that appeared to be finger marks, a bruise on one foot and a large indentation on the left side of the head.

The search warrant added that the paternal father is not involved with the toddler and the mother has a boyfriend who does not live with her but often stays at the home.

Initial reports said the baby had been sick for several days and was taking a prescription antibiotic.

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Big Band Plays Big Benefit For Lewis & Clark

Big Band Plays Big Benefit For Lewis & Clark

There's a good chance you've never heard of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, but it's likely that with 286 hit songs you've heard the big band's music. Tomorrow night, the Lewis & Clark High School Music Department is hosting the band for a benefit show at the Bing Crosby Theater.

 

Tommy Dorsey started his big band in the 1930s and recorded songs with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Glen Miller played with the orchestra prior to becoming a famous bandleader himself. Dorsey died in 1956, but the band has continued making music ever since keeping the Tommy Dorsey name. For over 30 years the band was lead by Buddy Morrow, a famed trombone player, currently the band is under the direction of Terry Myers.

 

Wanted: Hoopfest Volunteers

Wanted: Hoopfest Volunteers

On Hoopfest weekend thousands will be in Downtown Spokane to be a part of the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the world. It takes a lot of planning and organization to run an event sporting over 7,000 teams, 250,000 players and 456 courts and have it go smoothly. But mostly it takes an army of volunteers and Hoopfest is already recruiting.

 

Last year over 2,500 volunteers helped make the event happen and this year organizers are half way to filling the volunteer ranks. Anyone can be involved, whether you have basketball experience or not. From court monitors to merchandise sales to general clean up there is a job for everyone.

 

Can You Spare a Square?

Can You Spare a Square?

Can you spare a square? Northwest Harvest is holding their fourth annual toilet paper drive this week in partnership with Alberstons, Project Beauty Share and KXLY. Last year's drive brought in more than 18,000 rolls and this year they hope to double that number.

 

Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food distributor that operates state wide and the donations made in the toilet paper driver will be distributed to 19 of their locations. Toilet paper, along with many other hygiene products, cannot be purchased with food stamps. The rolls donated last year only lasted a couple of months.

 

Northwest Harvest hopes to gather 40,000 rolls this week. Drop off boxes are ready for TP at all Spokane and Liberty Lake Albertsons stores. You can also make a financial donation online or via text. Last year Northwest Harvest was able to purchase an additional 4,000 rolls with the financial contributions that were made.