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McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

Spokane City Council sends letter to County Prosecutor about timely investigations

The Spokane City Council voted quickly Monday night to send a letter to prosecutor Steve Tucker asking for faster answers on officer involved shootings. The special resolution passed 7-0.

Councilman Jon Snyder brought the letter forward.

"We don't want them to rush it, but we do want to see if we can close the loop and get a more timely review done because we think that's better for the officer. We also think that's better for the public," Snyder said.

Snyder said members of the Department of Justice asked similar questions when they were in Spokane reviewing the police department.

"They commented, 'why does it take so long?' and it made me think, I've had that same concern myself," Snyder said.

Officers involved in a shooting outside the Salvation Army last year waited eight months to find out the shooting was justified. During that time, they were on paid administrative leave and off the streets.

"Yet (they) may have to sit and wait for a year, before they find out whether they're going to be prosecuted for doing their duty," Snyder said.

Attorney Breean Beggs is running for county prosecutor, and fully agrees with the letter.

Spokane City Council may get 4 percent pay raise

Spokane's Salary Review Commission is taking public testimony Thursday afternoon at City Hall on a proposal to give city council members a 4 percent pay raise.

Under the proposal, member salaries would rise to $31,200 a year and the salary for the council present would rise to $57,200. All are eligible for city health care benefits, a $1,800 per year auto allowance and a $540 per year cellphone allowance.

The Spokesman-Review reports any raises approved by the commission would take effect in January.

Spokane City Council members are the third-highest paid in the state, according to an Association of Washington Cities survey.

The highest paid are Seattle City Council members at $120,000 a year. Tacoma is second at about $41,000 a year. Spokane's current council pay is $30,000.

Waldref talks Logan neighborhood on Council Connections

Waldref talks Logan neighborhood on Council Connections

From the City of Spokane:

The next edition of Council Connection, the cable television program featuring Spokane City Council members as hosts, will be shown live, Thursday, April 3rd, at 6 pm on CityCable 5. Council Member Amber Waldref, District 1, will host the program titled Increasing Logan Neighborhood Vitality.


Snyder to host mobile office event Friday

Snyder to host mobile office event Friday

City Councilman Jon Snyder will host his first mobile office event of the year on Friday.

Snyder started holding mobile office events last Spring. The casual meetings give residents a chance to ask questions and voice concerns in an informal and more personal arena.

Local Ukrainians hope for peaceful outcome overseas

Local Ukrainians hope for peaceful outcome overseas

At Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church it was a day of prayer as tension grows in Eastern Europe.

"As a church we are praying and praying for families," Pastor Alexander Kaprian said. "We are not divided in the community."

Most of the parishioners came to the United States two decades ago from the former Soviet Union. They still have family and friends in Ukraine and Russia, where talks of war between the two countries are starting to become real. On Sunday, Ukrainian Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the country was on the brink of disaster.

"This is a red alert. This is not a threat. This is actually a declaration of war to my country," Yatsenyuk said in a televised address.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the green light for troops to mobilize into the southern part of Ukraine following a unanimous vote from Parliament. The move is causing locals with family and friends in the Eastern European countries to worry. Maryna Wolff has family in that area and said her sister is already seeing a military presence.

"She said that there are armored vehicles moving into the area," Wolff said with translation from her husband.

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

This November, Spokane County voters will elect a new prosecutor and, as of Friday night, the campaign has its first controversy, involving one of the candidates using the death of WWII veteran Shorty Belton as part of his platform.

Spokane attorney Breean Beggs is one of two men running for county prosecutor and, in a letter to his supporters, Beggs brings up the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, saying our criminal justice system failed to protect Belton from a pair of teenagers who had already been in trouble with the law.

The two teenagers suspected of killing Belton -- Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn -- had both been arrested and punished at the juvenile detention center prior to Belton's murder.

Beggs thinks, in hindsight, not enough was done to keep those young offenders on the straight and narrow. In his letter to supporters Beggs writes the attack on Belton "was predictable based on prior violence."