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Buquet to be arraigned for Ricin letters Wednesday

Matthew Buquet, the Spokane man accused with sending Ricin-laced letters to President Obama is scheduled to be arraigned in Federal Court Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted Buquet last week on charges of developing, producing, and transferring a biological toxin, mailing a threatening communication to the president of the United States and mailing a threatening communication to a federal judge.

FBI agents raided Buquet's apartment in Browne's Addition on May 18. The FBI said Buquet sent a total of five Ricin-laced letters to the downtown Post Office, Judge Fred Van Sickle, President Obama, Fairchild Air Force Base and the CIA.

All of the letters were recovered.

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Councilman Snyder Hosts Second Mobile Office

Councilman Snyder Hosts Second Mobile Office

City Councilman Jon Snyder will be hosting a mobile office on Friday at the Scoop on Spokane's South Hill.

This is Councilman Snyder's second mobile office this year, the last was on May 8th and was at The Shop in the South Perry District. The event allows people living in District 2 the opportunity to meet with Snyder in a more casual setting and voice their questions and concerns about the city.

“The more time I spend in City Hall the less I can do my job,” Snyder said about why he does the mobile office events.

Councilman Snyder represents District 2, which included the South Hill, Browne's Addition, Peaceful Valley, the Downtown Core are and parts of East Central.

Jon Snyder Mobile Office

  • Friday, June 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • The Scoop, 1001 W. 25th Ave.
  • No reservation needed

Jobs Available at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Jobs Available at Spokane County Interstate Fair

You probably aren't thinking about the Spokane County Interstate Fair. After all, the fair doesn't roll into town until September and there is a whole lot of summer in between, but the opportunity to work at the fair is just around the corner.

The Spokane County Interstate Fair has more than 150 temporary positions that need to be filled. Ticket taker and Clerk are among the available jobs, but to be considered you must attend one of two job fairs, and be available from September 6th to the 15th for the event.

Spokane Interstate Fair Job Fair

  • Wednesday July17th- 4pm-6pm
  • Saturday, July 20th- 8:30am-10:30am
  • Fair and Expo Center, Bay 3
  • Applicants must bring two forms of identification
  • For more information call (509) 477-1766

Free concerts in Browne's Addition

Free concerts in Browne's Addition

It doesn't get much better than this! Enjoy our beautiful summer weather in some one of the more beautiful places in town. Spokane Parks and Rec is hosting free concerts in the park this summer for you and your family to enjoy. 

Here is the schedule for:

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City Council unanimously approves new parking meters

City Council unanimously approves new parking meters

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a measure to bring new parking meters to the downtown area Monday evening.

The city will now spend $1.5 Million from the parking fund to purchase 800 credit card ready parking meters, with the first of them to be placed in downtown Spokane by mid-August.

But the new meters aren't sitting well with some Spokane drivers. "How dare you zero out a meter," Dave White, who spoke out against the meters, said.

The new parking meters would have a feature that zeros out a meter when the car parked there leaves. That means if you pay for an hour and only use 45 minutes that extra 15 minutes is lost; it doesn't get passed on to the next person looking for a spot.

"Come on let's get it real it's not that much money," White said.

These changes sparked outrage on KXLY's Facebook page but surprisingly White was one of only two people who spoke out against the changes at the Monday night meeting.

Thieves targeting sellers on Craigslist

Craigslist, one of the Internet's favorite marketplaces, is letting thieves handpick their targets for armed robberies as Spokane police are investigating a trio of holdups involving victims trying to sell their computers through the site.

Thieves are allegedly using Craigslist to find exactly the top dollar merchandise they're looking for and then reportedly posing as buyers and getting the computer owners to deliver the loot to the locations of the thief's choice.

All of the people who got ripped off were trying to sell their Apple laptops on Craigslist.

Each victim got a phone call asking them to bring their merchandise to Spokane City Park.

"Well the person going to sell his computer met the people he meant to sell it to and he was confronted by four people total. At least one of them had a gun, pointed a gun and them and stole the computer," Lieutenant Mark Griffiths of the Spokane Police Department said.

The next robbery happened when the computer's owner was asked to meet the prospective buyer in Franklin Park. Police say as 16-year-old Tre Garner walked away with his laptop a second suspect ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.

State agencies face shutdown as budget deadline looms

State agencies face shutdown as budget deadline looms

Washington State lawmakers have yet to pass a budget, making a government shutdown one day closer to reality.

If a deal isn't reached by Sunday night at midnight thousands of state workers will be temporarily laid off.

That's why Monday thousands of state employees started receiving furlough notices.

Without a new budget, 34 agencies will shutdown, another 24 would face partial shutdowns and 25 would remain open.

One of the agencies impacted is DSHS, where approximately half of the workers here in Spokane would be laid off and people receiving critical services through DSHS would be affected.

The food stamp program would continue but alcohol and substance abuse programs, childcare subsidies and funding for senior citizen services would be discontinued.

"We know our clients would be hurt by this; this would affect the most vulnerable people in our state and in our region and in our community," DSHS spokesman John Wiley said.

If a deal isn't reached your Fourth of July barbecues won't happen ? at least at a state park. Come July 1 every state park would shut down.