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Visit Spokane campaign hopes to gain national attention

Visit Spokane campaign hopes to gain national attention

The push is on to bring travelers to Spokane! Visit Spokane is expanding their marketing efforts, hoping to gain national attention.

With a river flowing through the heart of the city, locals know Spokane is special, but now Visit Spokane is spreading the word nationwide.

"We've added staff, we've increased our marketing and that's what it takes," Kilday said.

Visit Spokane is running ads on Good Morning America's electronic billboard in Times Square. They'll also be in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Food and Travel Magazine.

"That national message is really important when you are trying to capture meeting planners, we need to elevate the image of the community for leisure travel and business travel," Kilday said.

The new hotel and expanding convention center are helping to fuel these marketing efforts!

Convention Center General Manager Johnna Boxley says once the first wall is up, construction should move quickly, and will allow them to be the host with the most.

New bill regulates THC production

New bill regulates THC production

A new bill passed by lawmakers will help make your neighborhood safer.

The bill focuses on hash oil, a highly concentrated liquid form of THC, the part of pot that makes you feel high. While some oil may sound harmless, the process to make it is anything but.

Last December, a Spokane man allegedly tried to make the oil in his car. Police say when he lit a cigarette, the car burst into flames, burning the man and his daughter.

Then, on January 31st, an apartment exploded because a person was allegedly using butane to make hash oil

"We were extremely fortunate in this case that nobody was killed," said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

KXLY spoke to a medical marijuana dispensary owner who says he only buys from Seattle-area manufacturers dedicated to safely making hash oil.

"We don't take any donations from vendors who come in and have randomly made the stuff in their kitchen," said Joseph Corcoran, owner of Cured Collective. Corcoran said patients use the oil for extended pain relief.

"It lasts anywhere from four to 12 hours versus a shorter effect when you're smoking it," Corcoran explained.

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

A woman deputies say operated as a serial killer in Spokane in the early 1990's is back in town to face the murder charges. Donna Perry was booked into the Spokane County Jail late Friday afternoon.

Perry, who was a man named Douglas Perry at the time of the murders, was released from federal prison in Texas earlier this month. She was serving time on a federal weapons charge.

Deputies say they have DNA evidence linking Perry to the murders of three women. Yolanda Sapp was found dead in the 4100 block of East Upriver Drive in 1990. Nickie Lowe's remains were found on South Riverton March 25, 1990. And, Kathleen Brisbois was found along the Spokane River near Trent and Pines on May 15, 1990. All three women were shot to death.

The cases went cold for years and the murders were once thought to be connected to Spokane serial killer Robert Yates. Detectives started working on the case again in 2005 and linked them to Perry in 2012.

Perry will face a judge in Spokane next week.

Free Family Saturday at the MAC

Free Family Saturday at the MAC

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is teaming up with Spokane Teachers Credit Union for a free day of family fun at the museum on Saturday, March 15th.

From the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture:

Come join us at the MAC on March 15th for our STCU Sponsored Free Family Saturday!

Spokane River running high, fast and dangerous

Spokane River running high, fast and dangerous

The weather is warming up so the urge to cool off is becoming more present. But before you head down to the Spokane River, the City of Spokane is urging people to take caution and stay out of the water.

The waters are still very cold and the river is running high and fast, three factors which could lead to potentially deadly consequences.

The river is starting to cover parts of the Centennial Trail and the National Weather Service says flows are currently at 25 and half feet, just a foot and a half short of flood stage.

Officials don't think it will reach the flood stage, but are urging residents to use caution around the river.

Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies fanned across the region Thursday and executed search warrants on locations in Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California and arrested 29 people on federal drug charges for manufacturing and selling opiates.

A task force of FBI agents, Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies have been investigating the alleged drug ring for more than a year.

Law enforcement agents served search warrants throughout Spokane early Thursday, searching for evidence that people with ties to Spokane, California, Idaho and Nevada were selling ecstasy, oxycodone, methamphetamine and PCP.

The execution of the warrants and subsequent arrests were part of a year-long investigation that culminated with the raids in an attempt to disrupt a large-scale criminal enterprise.

More than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agents searched 20 locations Thursday morning, with the lion's share of the arrests in the multi-state operation made in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Authorities said the criminal enterprise, while rooted in Spokane, extended as far south as San Diego, Long Beach and Las Vegas.

Visit Spokane recognized for use of social media

Visit Spokane recognized for use of social media

Visit Spokane is being recognized for the innovative way it’s using social media to promote tourism in the city. Skift.com has listed Visit Spokane as one of only 11 destination marketing organizations in the world taking advantage of Twitter to reach tourists.