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National Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27th, police departments across the region will be hosting drug collections as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's fifth National Drug Take Back Day.

 

The DEA has collected over 1,000 tons of unused and expired prescription drugs over the last three years. The take back day was started to get the public more involved in the prevention of prescription drug abuse.

 

Unused prescription drugs in homes are considered a public health and safety concern by the DEA. According to the DEA this is because the drugs are “highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse and abuse”.

 

A survey done by the DEA found that the majority of abuses get their prescription drugs through friends and family. Often times it's as simple as raiding the medicine cabinet. Americans currently abuse more prescription drugs than those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.

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Cut/Color for a cause at 14th and Grand

Cut/Color for a cause at 14th and Grand

If your hair is in need of a trim, color, or if you just want to help a family in need, 14th and Grand Salon is the place to be this Sunday.

The South Hill salon is raising money for the Matt Hutchinson Cancer Fund.  Matt is the father of Violet, whose mom is a beloved stylist at 14th and Grand.  He was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant. 

This Sunday, 14th and Grand will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, with all proceeds going to the family to help cover their medical bills.  Suggestion donations are $35 for women's haircuts, $25 for men, and $35 for accent weaves. 

 

 

Spokane leaders lobby for tankers

Spokane business leaders were in Washington, D.C., this week, lobbying the Air Force to base its new aerial refueling tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Fairchild has long been home to the older KC-135 air tankers.

Now the Air Force will be transitioning to the next generation of tankers, known as the KC-46A.� They will be built by Boeing.

Fairchild is one of four finalists to be home of the new tankers. A decision is expected in mid-May.

Castro convicted of 2011 Quality Inn shooting

A jury has just found John Castro of Spokane guilty of shooting and killing a man in 2011.

The victim, Alfredo "Junior" Solis, was performing with his group Base Blocc at the Ichiban restaurant.

After the concert he returned to his room at the nearby Quality Inn. A group of Spokane men, including Castro, were also there. A fight broke out and Solis was shot in the chest.

This was Castro's 3rd strike, which means he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Another day, another stuck truck

If you have lived in Spokane very long you've probably seen a truck or two that didn't quite fit under an overpass. Well it happened again Thursday under the Stevens St. overpass in downtown Spokane.

With I-90 and the railroad running through downtown a stuck truck isn't an uncommon scene here in Spokane. While businesses and commuters get frustrated by street closures there's a reason emergency personnel take every precaution

Stevens was blocked off from Sprague to 2nd Avenue for around three hours to deal not just with the stuck truck but the post-crash cleanup as well.

"Most often there is a mixture and not just one type of material," Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said. "The driver did have the correct paperwork and we were able to identify what those chemicals were."

The truck contained flammable materials including acetones, paint thinners and other alcohol based products. The Spokane Fire Department isn't in the business of taking chances when it comes to clean up messes like this.

"Because of the space and because it's confined that represents a pretty significant hazard," Schaeffer said.

The Replacements take on Bloomsday

The Replacements take on Bloomsday

Thousands will hit the Bloomsday course next weekend, and The Replacements are excited to be among them.

 

Every member walking with The Replacements has had some sort of joint or bone surgery. Orthopaedic Specialty Clinic pays Bloomsday registration for any current or former patient that wants to hit the course with them. This year the team is 60 strong, which is twice as many as last Bloomsday.

 

“We're pretty excited to see this team grow,” says Ronda Swanson, the Market Specialist for OSC.

 

OSC started The Replacements five Bloomsdays ago with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles for their patients. Many patients are forced into stationary lifestyles prior to treatments and participating in Bloomsday helps encourage them to get active again.

 

Leading interfaith relations speaker to visit EWU

Leading interfaith relations speaker to visit EWU

Next week one of the country's leading speakers on interfaith relations will at Eastern Washington University. Chris Stedman will be reading from his new book “Faitheist” as well as hosting a workshop and lecture on interfaith relations.

 

The event is hosted by EWU's Compassionate Interfaith Society, a group on campus that is dedicated to religious tolerance. The group was created after student Skyler Oberst witnessed Muslim peers being harassed for their beliefs by other students.

 

Oberst approached a professor and a discussion panel was set up to address the religious intolerance. For Oberst the panel didn't solve the problem.