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Spokane's LGBT business leaders react to Arizona bill veto

Local LGBT business leaders are applauding Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's decision to veto the bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away people based on their religious beliefs.

"It's a great day in the nation to know that this type of legislation was vetoed and this type of discrimination was not approved in Arizona," Marvo Reguindin said.

Reguindin is the General Manager for the region's LGBT chamber of commerce affiliate, Inland Northwest Business Alliance. He said although it was a state issue, it would have impacted people living in the Inland Northwest.

"If that bill would have passed, many residents, many LGBT and ally residents in Spokane would make decisions of boycotting Arizona," he said.

SB1062 would have provided businesses and individuals a cushion for discrimination lawsuits if they could prove that their acts were based on religious beliefs. In short, gays and other minorities could be turned away from places like restaurants. It's a move that local LGBT professionals call a "financial disaster."

Spokane officials considering bringing the country to the city

Spokane officials considering bringing the country to the city

Livestock isn't just for country living anymore, as the City of Spokane could soon allow small livestock livestock into its residents backyards.

A proposal from City Council President Ben Stuckart would allow certain type of livestock -- less than 150 pounds -- and smaller than 36-inches shoulder height, meaning you or your neighbors could have a farm animal living with them in the city.

In Spokane, country life can be so close. It's 1.5 miles from downtown close for Julie Henry, who lives on the South Hill, where she raises chickens for their eggs, and education for her children and neighbors alike.

"They'll eat anything and so the neighborhood shares the coop and the eggs," Henry said.

Soon she might get the opportunity to add to her coop if a new ordinance is approved by the city council people could have chickens, small sheep, pigs, or goats in their back yard.

"I would love to have a couple goats if this passes," Henry said.

It's based on square footage. On a 5,000 square foot lot you could have two small goats. On Henry's 25,000 square foot lot, she could have 10 goats or 25 chickens.

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

From Spokane Public Schools:


Families with students who will be 5 on or before Aug. 31 take note: It’s time to register for kindergarten! Spokane Public Schools is eager to welcome new students to the SPS family. To help kindergarteners get excited about school, SPS provides each with a special, brightly colored tote filled with educational activities that families can work on together.

SFCC student hospitalized after auto-pedestrian accident near campus

A Spokane Falls Community College student was hit by a car around 4 p.m. Tuesday night. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say she was likely crossing the street to catch a bus.

The 19-year-old woman was hit while crossing the street near 3400 W Fort George Wright Road. The impact smashed the driver's windshield. Investigators say the student was near the crosswalk, but don't know if she was in it or if the signal was in her favor.

The sun was another factor of the collision. Spokane Police say there is a bright glare for westbound drivers on the road at sunset. Investigators say the driver had a bright glare across her windshield when the student was hit.

Austin Kunze rides the bus everyday to class, and has seen students run out in front of buses to the other side. When that happens, Kunze says the bus drivers will send a message.

"I've seen a few times when they actually tell the pedestrian 'you're not allowed on the bus because of what you just did," Kunze said.

SPD detectives request 25 additional charges for pharmacy robbery suspects

SPD detectives request 25 additional charges for pharmacy robbery suspects

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have requested 25 additional charges be brought against three pharmacy robbery suspects.

Jacy Thomson, 33, Phillip Powlus, 35, and Dale Cusick, 23, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit second degree robbery and seven counts of second degree robbery. Cusick is also charged with one count of attempted second degree burglary.

An investigation and interviews with witnesses connected the suspects to eight different robbery incidents around Spokane.

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

One local college team is set to participate in one of the biggest competitions of the year. And no, it's not a basketball or hockey team. It's the Gonzaga University ROTC Bulldog Battalion.

When classes are over, GU's ROTC Bulldog Battalion is just getting started.

"We make them faster stronger smarter. We prepare them for challenges that lie ahead both in uniform and out of uniform," said GU Senior Military Science Instructor Alan Westfield.

It'll be the team's second training session of the day and their last before this weekends 'Ranger Challenge' at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"I think it's the best team I've been on since I've been here," said team captain Micah Rarick.

The Ranger Challenge is a regional competition, pitting the Bulldog Battalion against 30 other teams including teams from EWU and WSU. Their training will be put to the test.

"It's designed to be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging," said Westfield.

Woman hit by car near SFCC

Spokane police are on the scene of a serious collision between a pedestrian and a car near Spokane Falls Community College.

A 19-year-old woman walked into the westbound lanes of traffic and was hit by a car. She's been taken to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police shut down the westbound lanes of Fort George Wright Drive for the crash investigation after the collision. It has since been reopened.