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YWCA of Spokane to host annual Evening in Tuscany Dinner and Auction June 20

The YWCA of Spokane will host their annual Evening in Tuscany Italian Dinner and Auction on Saturday June 20 at 6:00 p.m.

All funds raised from the event will benefit local women and children supported by the YWCA Safe Shelters.

An artichoke-pesto lasagna dinner will be prepared by signature chef, Gina Lanza. A wine bar and with gourmet dessert will be served on the YWCA's Rooftop Patio, accompanied by music provided by special guest, Nick Grow.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 a piece. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone. Payments can also be sent through the mail by June 6th to Attn: Melanie Wilson, 930 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99201.

Phone reservations can be made at 509-863-2882, by email at melaniew@ywcaspokane.org, or online by CLICKING HERE.

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Nixon Rodeo named Best Bloomsday Entertainer 2015

Rock group Nixon Rodeo has been crowned the Best Bloomsday Entertainer of 2015. The band collected more votes than any of the other nearly 30 performers along the 12-kilometer race route.

Nixon Rodeo improved over their second place finish in 2014 while two-time champion Tori Whitten came in second this year. Performers Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham tied for third place.

Over 1,500 votes were cast by race participants during this year's competition.

“The weather was awesome this year, and that was good for the entertainers as well as everyone participating in Bloomsday,” said event volunteer and competition coordinator, Laurel Warner. “There were smiles all around.”

Nixon Rodeo will earn the top prize of $500 for being voted as Best Bloomsday Entertainer. Tori Whitten, Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham will receive the 2nd and 3rd place awards of $300 and $200. Additional cash rewards will be paid out through a random drawing.

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Lewiston shooting: Lewsiton police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital. Police were called to the 500 block of Miller Street shortly after 10:30 last night. There they found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. Police have developed persons of interest, but ask that anyone who may have any information on the shooting to call the Lewiston Police Department at 208-746-0171.

Renfro in court: The man accused of shooting a Coeur d'Alene police officer will be back in court today. Sgt. Greg Moore was killed when he stopped suspected car prowler Jonathan Renfro on May 5. Renfro's defense attorney's have requested a gag order to prevent police and prosecutors from talking about the shooting to avoid pre-trial publicity. The state is expected to amend Renfro's charges to include first degree murder, which qualifies him for the death penalty.

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ArtFest celebrates its 30th anniversary May 29-31

For many in Spokane, ArtFest marks the city's unofficial start to summer. This year, the popular festival will celebrate it's 30th anniversary from May 29th to 31st.

Over 150 high-quality artists will be in attendance for three days of music, art demonstrations, food, beer and wine garden, and the popular kids' “Make it Art” area are set to provide a fun time for the whole family.

16 musical acts will play over the weekend. A mix of genres and artists will be represents from Irish and Latin, to blues. Friday's headliner, the Stacey Jones Band will take the stage to play the blues at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday at 8:00 p.m., headliner Sammy Jones will play the blues, country and rock. Jones was voted “Best Male Vocalist” in Washington 10 times. Finally, on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Milonga will play their Latin sounds.

Artist-designed birdhouses will also be on display this year at the ArtFest Information Booth. The birdhouses will be available to bid on during a silent auction which will end at noon on Sunday. All proceeds of the auction will support programs of the MAC.

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Goodwill and Huckleberries team up May 30

Goodwill and Huckleberries are teaming up to promote recycling.

On Saturday May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Goodwill will have their truck out at Huckleberries Natural Markets.

Shoppers are encouraged to stop by and donate used items such as clothing, shoes and accessories, home décor, electronics, small appliances, sports equipment and books.

Donations will be re-sold at Goodwill's retail stores located throughout the Inland Northwest and online at shopgoodwill.com.

Proceeds from sales fund a variety of programs that help build independence for individuals and families in the community.

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Spokane Marine killed: Military officials have identified the Marine killed in a military aircraft crash Sunday in Honolulu as 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron from Spokane. Barron died from his injuries when the MV-22B Osprey he was on crashed while conducting training at Bellows Air Force Station. Barron was a tiltrotor crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th MEU. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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North Idaho special election: There's a special election in North Idaho today. The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department is hoping voters will pass a $6 million public safety bond. The money would replace aging fire equipment, upgrade police infrastructure and replace the expiring bond. The bond is $1 million less than the expiring bond, so even if it passes, taxes will go down. It needs a two-thirds majority to pass.

City of Spokane launches new tool to help return stolen bikes to owners

As part of Bike to Work Week 2015, the City of Spokane is launching free bike registration aimed to help return stolen bicycles to their rightful owners.

Bike owners can register their bikes at SpokaneBikeID.org. During the registration, owners are asked to enter contact information and the serial number and description of the bicycle, and can also upload a picture of it via smart phone, tablet, or computer. Those without a computer or internet access can register their bikes at neighborhood Spokane C.O.P.S. shops.

“The program will benefit the citizens of Spokane and help law enforcement to curb bicycle theft and increase return rates,” said Councilmember Mike Allen, who first approached City staff with the concept.

While Spokane Police recover many bikes each year, getting them back to their owners is often difficult. The citywide bike registration database is designed to make returning stolen bikes to their rightful owners a much easier process.

The SpokaneBikeID tool will be managed by My Spokane staff in partnership with the Spokane Police Department.