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  • Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:13 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:13:21 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

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    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

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  • Spokane police investigating after unknown drug responsible for fatality and 20 calls

    Spokane police investigating after unknown drug responsible for fatality and 20 calls

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:23 AM EDT2018-08-15 04:23:12 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say they saw a dramatic increase in drug related calls on Tuesday. Police say at least one person has died and officers responded to almost 20 other calls of people acting erratically. Police are looking into whether there is a drug on the street that is "creating adverse health effects." Reported behavior is consistent with a stimulant, causing people to hallucinate and act in an unpredictable and sometimes violent manner.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say they saw a dramatic increase in drug related calls on Tuesday. Police say at least one person has died and officers responded to almost 20 other calls of people acting erratically. Police are looking into whether there is a drug on the street that is "creating adverse health effects." Reported behavior is consistent with a stimulant, causing people to hallucinate and act in an unpredictable and sometimes violent manner.

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  • FireBoss plane crashes fighting the Horns Mountain fire in northeast Washington

    FireBoss plane crashes fighting the Horns Mountain fire in northeast Washington

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:47 AM EDT2018-08-15 05:47:20 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Department of Natural Resources reports that a FireBoss airplane has crashed in northeast Washington. There aren't a lot of details released right now, but we do know that the pilot did survive the crash. The pilot was working on the Horns Mountain fire, burning about 838 acres near Northport, close to the US/Canada border.

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    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Department of Natural Resources reports that a FireBoss airplane has crashed in northeast Washington. There aren't a lot of details released right now, but we do know that the pilot did survive the crash. The pilot was working on the Horns Mountain fire, burning about 838 acres near Northport, close to the US/Canada border.

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  • Prosecutors consider charges after teen pushed from bridge

    Prosecutors consider charges after teen pushed from bridge

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-08-15 03:15:03 GMT

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Police say they've finished an investigation into an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was hurt when she was pushed off a bridge and fell 60 feet into water in Washington state.    The Columbian reported Tuesday that the Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit was forwarding the case to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

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    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Police say they've finished an investigation into an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was hurt when she was pushed off a bridge and fell 60 feet into water in Washington state.    The Columbian reported Tuesday that the Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit was forwarding the case to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

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  • Spokane teachers rally for fully funded education

    Spokane teachers rally for fully funded education

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-08-15 00:48:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Educators of Spokane rallied together for an increase in pay and fully funded education. Ever since the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington was underfunding schools, educators and administrators have been trying to negotiate finances. Some districts have reached deals, but many in Eastern Washington haven't. KHQ went to the rally for Spokane public schools Tuesday.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Educators of Spokane rallied together for an increase in pay and fully funded education. Ever since the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington was underfunding schools, educators and administrators have been trying to negotiate finances. Some districts have reached deals, but many in Eastern Washington haven't. KHQ went to the rally for Spokane public schools Tuesday.

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  • As smoke lingers in the Inland Northwest, doctors say everyone is susceptible to symptoms

    As smoke lingers in the Inland Northwest, doctors say everyone is susceptible to symptoms

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 9:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 01:14:26 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Air quality in the Spokane area remains at an unhealthy level as of Tuesday night. Officials with the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency say they are using a series of filters and other tools to measure the air quality index. "What that means is we have a network of strategically placed monitors that are going to capture what the ambient levels are for our entire air shed," said Lisa Woodard. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Air quality in the Spokane area remains at an unhealthy level as of Tuesday night. Officials with the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency say they are using a series of filters and other tools to measure the air quality index. "What that means is we have a network of strategically placed monitors that are going to capture what the ambient levels are for our entire air shed," said Lisa Woodard. 

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  • Michigan girls escape kidnapping by punching, kicking and throwing coffee on suspect

    Michigan girls escape kidnapping by punching, kicking and throwing coffee on suspect

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:50 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:50:41 GMT

    MILLINGTON, Mich. - A group of young girls were nearly kidnapped during a trip to a Michigan gas station last week, but fought back and were able to get away. Police say the girls did everything right, and the man suspected of trying to nab the girls has been taken into custody.

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    MILLINGTON, Mich. - A group of young girls were nearly kidnapped during a trip to a Michigan gas station last week, but fought back and were able to get away. Police say the girls did everything right, and the man suspected of trying to nab the girls has been taken into custody.

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  • Silver Lake fire west of Spokane now 20 percent contained, 100 acres

    Silver Lake fire west of Spokane now 20 percent contained, 100 acres

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-08-07 20:29:44 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Officials say the Silver Lake Fire west of Spokane is now 20 percent contained and about 100 acres in size. Level 2 evacuation notices remain in place for Granite Lake South Road to Salnave Road in Cheney. Crews have a line around the fire and will continue to strengthen it throughout the day and into the nighttime hours. 

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    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Officials say the Silver Lake Fire west of Spokane is now 20 percent contained and about 100 acres in size. Level 2 evacuation notices remain in place for Granite Lake South Road to Salnave Road in Cheney. Crews have a line around the fire and will continue to strengthen it throughout the day and into the nighttime hours. 

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  • DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    DREAM JOB: Live on a Greek island and take care of 55 cats

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:48:20 GMT

    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

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    I'm more of a dog person, but if there is a place that is willing to pay me to live on an island in Greece and take care of cats, I'll become a feline fanatic.  Well, there is someone offering such a job right now and they claim it's a real opening.  God's Little People Cat Rescue posted on Facebook that they are looking for someone who can look after 55 cats on a little Greek island paradise called Syros. 

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  • 8 people killed in eastern Oregon vehicle crash

    8 people killed in eastern Oregon vehicle crash

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-08-14 05:19:31 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say eight people were killed in a crash involving two vehicles in the high desert of eastern Oregon.    The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the head-on collision happened after 10 a.m. Monday on Oregon Route 78 southeast of the small town of Burns.    Oregon State Police Capt. 

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say eight people were killed in a crash involving two vehicles in the high desert of eastern Oregon.    The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the head-on collision happened after 10 a.m. Monday on Oregon Route 78 southeast of the small town of Burns.    Oregon State Police Capt. 

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  • Grizzly bear spotted in Athol/Garwood area

    Grizzly bear spotted in Athol/Garwood area

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-08-15 01:06:52 GMT

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - It may look cute and cuddly playing in the sprinkler, but the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says keep your distance. The grizzly bear has been spotted several times by people in northern Kootenai County, specifically the Chilco, Athol, and Silverwood area. The woman who took this video says it appears the bear isn’t afraid of humans.

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - It may look cute and cuddly playing in the sprinkler, but the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says keep your distance. The grizzly bear has been spotted several times by people in northern Kootenai County, specifically the Chilco, Athol, and Silverwood area. The woman who took this video says it appears the bear isn’t afraid of humans.

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  • Carnival worker faces 4 sexual assault charges

    Carnival worker faces 4 sexual assault charges

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-08-14 22:28:41 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A traveling carnival worker faces charges he sexually assaulted four people, including a 14-year-old girl, while working at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls.    Two counts against 42-year-old Roberto Salaman-Garcia are misdemeanors and the second two are felonies. His attorney, Meghan Lulf Sutton, says Salaman-Garcia will plead not guilty to the charges Tuesday in District Court.

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    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A traveling carnival worker faces charges he sexually assaulted four people, including a 14-year-old girl, while working at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls.    Two counts against 42-year-old Roberto Salaman-Garcia are misdemeanors and the second two are felonies. His attorney, Meghan Lulf Sutton, says Salaman-Garcia will plead not guilty to the charges Tuesday in District Court.

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  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 14th

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 14th

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:11 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:11:58 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 14th.

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    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 14th.

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  • Boyds fire near Kettle Falls reaches around 3,000 acres

    Boyds fire near Kettle Falls reaches around 3,000 acres

    Sunday, August 12 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-08-12 17:18:23 GMT

    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - Overnight, the Boyds Fire burning in Ferry County near Kettle Falls reached approximately 3,000 acres. Crews say by estimation the fire size tripled overnight to around 3,000 acres. Two residences and numerous outbuildings have been reported lost. In Sunday morning's update from the Incident Management Team, the fire has been listed as minimally contained at two percent.

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    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - Overnight, the Boyds Fire burning in Ferry County near Kettle Falls reached approximately 3,000 acres. Crews say by estimation the fire size tripled overnight to around 3,000 acres. Two residences and numerous outbuildings have been reported lost. In Sunday morning's update from the Incident Management Team, the fire has been listed as minimally contained at two percent.

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  • Where is the smoke coming from? Map shows 74+ wildfires burning in western states

    Where is the smoke coming from? Map shows 74+ wildfires burning in western states

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-09-05 23:12:21 GMT

    KHQ.COM - If you're wondering where all of the smoke in the air is coming from... the answer is probably not one specific fire. Currently there are more than 74 major wildfires burning in 8 western states including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and California. Dozens of those fires are burning in our immediate region.

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    KHQ.COM - If you're wondering where all of the smoke in the air is coming from... the answer is probably not one specific fire. Currently there are more than 74 major wildfires burning in 8 western states including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and California. Dozens of those fires are burning in our immediate region.

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  • CdA Police: suspect dead after exchanging shots following bank robbery attempt

    CdA Police: suspect dead after exchanging shots following bank robbery attempt

    Monday, August 13 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-08-13 21:58:54 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police say a suspect is dead after shots were fired following a robbery attempt at the Global Credit Union Saturday afternoon. Police say the armed suspect went into the bank and an armed security guard was on scene. The two exchanged gunfire at some point, but police are unsure of exactly when at this point. 

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    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police say a suspect is dead after shots were fired following a robbery attempt at the Global Credit Union Saturday afternoon. Police say the armed suspect went into the bank and an armed security guard was on scene. The two exchanged gunfire at some point, but police are unsure of exactly when at this point. 

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  • Alaska's North Slope hit by high magnitude earthquakes

    Alaska's North Slope hit by high magnitude earthquakes

    Sunday, August 12 2018 7:32 PM EDT2018-08-12 23:32:25 GMT

    KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit at 1:15 p.m. Sunday near the city of Kaktovik on Alaska's North Slope. The earthquake came several hours after the North Slope was struck by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, according to the state's seismologist.  

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    KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit at 1:15 p.m. Sunday near the city of Kaktovik on Alaska's North Slope. The earthquake came several hours after the North Slope was struck by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, according to the state's seismologist.  

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  • Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Monday, August 13 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-08-13 20:38:10 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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  • Masks not an effective solution with poor air quality

    Masks not an effective solution with poor air quality

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 2:05 AM EDT2018-08-14 06:05:12 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now the air quality is unhealthy, and you might be tempted to throw on a mask. But the Spokane Regional Health Distrct assured KHQ that you really don't need to be wearing one. "It's not going to be the cure-all that some people think it is," Bob Lutz, the Health Officer for Spokane County, said. Lutz smashed some myths about wearing masks and told KHQ that there is a crucial step most people aren't taking after buying a mask.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now the air quality is unhealthy, and you might be tempted to throw on a mask. But the Spokane Regional Health Distrct assured KHQ that you really don't need to be wearing one. "It's not going to be the cure-all that some people think it is," Bob Lutz, the Health Officer for Spokane County, said. Lutz smashed some myths about wearing masks and told KHQ that there is a crucial step most people aren't taking after buying a mask.

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  • Detectives searching for tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Detectives searching for tractor stolen from Stevens County

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-08-14 20:56:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you recently purchased a big orange tractor or possibly seen one in your neighborhood that looked out of place?  Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force Detectives are asking for your help locating a stolen tractor.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you recently purchased a big orange tractor or possibly seen one in your neighborhood that looked out of place?  Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force Detectives are asking for your help locating a stolen tractor. Detectives believe it may have been stolen between July 31 and August 3 and possibly sold to an unsuspecting victim. It is a Kubota L4701, similar to the one in the picture. 

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