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  • Coverage criticism leads to new conversation about homelessness in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - This story originated as a post to KHQ, from a viewer, upset about this homeless camp below Kendall Yards. After the initial report on Facebook, I got a lot of comments -  many people were offended about how i described the camp. One person who was very vocal, was Ellie. I asked if she would meet with me - and she said yes. As upset as she is with our coverage - she welcomed the chance to make others understand that this is a conversation 

  • 6 Questions: Avista Buyout

    6 Questions: Avista Buyout

     SPOKANE, Wash. - New information on the pending sale of Avista to Canadian company, Hydro One. Today I sat down for a 6 Questions interview with CEO Scott Morris to find what this means for customers, employees, share holders and the company that's been locally owned for the past 128 years and why he believes this sale is good for our region.   

  • What you need to know about Washington’s new distracted driving law

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting Sunday, Washingtonians will have to be extra focused behind the wheel, or face a $136 dollar fine. The new Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Law requires you to be completely hands free except for emergency purposes. Here’s what you are allowed to do Talk on the phone using hands-free devices such as a Bluetooth. Use your GPS or music IF you set them up before you drive. Push or swipe to answer a phone call as long as the conversation is

  • Getting peer support as a stay-at-home dad

    SPOKANE, Wash. - There are more dads choosing to stay home now and watch their kids, but who can they go to for help navigating this parenting world among their peers if they have questions? When you do a search online, you’ll see results for a variety of mom meet-up groups, but not many for dads. The latest study from Appalachian State University in 2009 shows that there were approximately 1.4 million stay-at-home dads. That’s a 

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    Secretary of state says her cancerous tumor gone

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says her doctor has told her that her cancerous tumor responded well to treatment and is now gone. Wyman was diagnosed with colon cancer in March. She said Thursday that the doctor found no evidence of the tumor at her eight-week post radiation check-up. Wyman says she will have follow-up tests to confirm that all the cancer cells are dead, but the diagnosis was what she was hoping for. Her doctors had said upfront that

  • Deputies search for missing man in Bonner County

    BONNER COUNTY, Idaho  - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating 37-year-old David A. Xanatos. He was last seen in the Clark Fork area and is believed to be driving a 1988 blue Chevy truck with Idaho license plate number 7BL6090. He is 6'3 and 244 lbs. Anyone who has seen Xanatos or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call (208) 265-5525. 

  • Suspect in Latah County homicide is adoptive son of Pullman Police Dept. Commander

    MOSCOW, Idaho - The Latah County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for two men in connection to a homicide that happened earlier this week.  Details are limited on the investigation Latah County Sheriff Richie Skiles said the homicide allegedly took place in a wood area and not at a residence. Skiles said the body of an adult male was found by law enforcement Wednesday and determined to have died from a gunshot wound.

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    Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring almost 11 percent. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart appliances will be fully integrated with Amazon's Alexa,

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    Baby Amur tiger neglected by mom headed to Oklahoma zoo

    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) - A rare baby Amur tiger cub that was neglected by its mother after its birth at the Philadelphia Zoo this month is being sent to Oklahoma to integrate with a tiger cub litter there. The Philadelphia Zoo says 10-year-old Koosaka gave birth July 10 to a litter of five cubs. Two were stillborn, and one was accidentally injured by the mother and died. The zoo says the mother never showed maternal behavior toward the remaining cubs, and they were moved to the zoo's

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    Prosecutor seeks judge's order for congressman's mug shot

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana prosecutor is asking a judge to require U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte to be fingerprinted and photographed after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter. Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert asked Justice Court Judge Rick West Thursday to reject the Republican congressman's request that he be exempted from the usual booking process for criminal defendants. Gianforte pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs

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    Craig Mountain Complex Fire triples in size

    A wildfire burning in Idaho has tripled in size.  The Craig Mountain Complex Fire is burning 30 miles south of Lewiston and is more than 28,000 acres in size.  The complex is comprised of the Corral Creek fire, located between Corral Creek and China Garden Creek drainages, and the Powerline fire located between Wapshilla Creek and Deer Creek. 12 residences and cabins endangered including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game work station. There are no evacuation at t...
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    Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance

    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it contains desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to sildenafil in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Bestherbs, which is based in the Dallas suburb .

  • Tot survives 3-story fall from balcony, missing spiked gate

    Tot survives 3-story fall from balcony, missing spiked gate

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A toddler has survived a three-story fall off a New Jersey balcony, landing on the grass and barely missing a spiked metal gate.  Authorities say the 1-year-old boy was being watched by his 13-year-old sister Wednesday night and was left alone on the balcony in Paterson when he climbed on a chair and toppled over the railing. Police say the boy barely missed a spiked metal gate on the way down and landed on the grass. Paterson Police Direc...

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    Tribe wants centuries-old remains found in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A tribe says it will seek possession of human bones found protruding from an Idaho badger hole after tests determined they weren't from modern day homicide victims but belonged to people who lived five centuries ago. Shoshone-Paiute Tribe Chairman Ted Howard said Thursday that Shoshones have occupied the southwestern Idaho area for thousands of years and the well-preserved bones of a young adult and a 10- to 15-year-old should be returned to the tribe 

  • Second body found in burning house also shot in head

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) - Both people whose bodies were found inside a burning home in Spokane Valley died of gunshot wounds to the head. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office identified the second victim Thursday as 70-year-old Bobby Kihara. The medical examiner says the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation. On Wednesday, the medical examiner identified the other victim as 67-year-old Joy Kihara, and concluded her death was a homicide. 

  • Washington to kill members of wolf pack in Stevens County

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state of Washington plans to kill some members of the Smackout wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on livestock in Stevens County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the pack has preyed on livestock four times since September. The agency says the state will kill some members of the pack and then see if that changes its behavior. The Smackout pack is one of 20 wolf packs documented in Washington state in 2016. At that time, the pack 

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    UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

  • A weird Florida mystery: Meat falling from the sky

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards. But that's what happened at 4 a.m. Saturday when a 15-pound bag of frozen pork landed on the Deerfield Beach home of Travis Adair. Adair said Thursday that the package hit the roof with a "big bang." He thought it was thunder, but his wife later went outside and found two bundles next to the house and three on the roof.

  • Two 16-year-old boys arrested for thousands of dollars worth of damage in Eagle Ridge neighborhood

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested two teenagers they believed caused extensive damage to multiple homes in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  Officers say several homes under construction in the Forest Ridge Park area were damaged, including broken windows, drywall and park equipment. Damages have already been estimated to be several thousand dollars, but that total may increase. 

  • O.J. Simpson will be released on parole in October after serving 9 years behind bars for Nevada armed robbery

    LOVELOCK, Nev. - O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas. A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

  • Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies at 41, Los Angeles County coroner says

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. Law enforcement officials believe Bennington died by suicide. His body was found hanging inside his residence in Los Angeles shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

  • PHOTOS: McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweats to items it delivers

    OAK BROOK, Ill. - With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie. Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's describes the McDelivery Collection as "a selection of fun, fashion forward items you can wear or use whenever and wherever you order." 

  • One woman dead after mobile home fire in Elk

    ELK, Wash. - One woman is dead after an early morning mobile home fire in Elk, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the fire in the heavily wooded area to find the home engulfed in flames. Two people were inside the home when the flames broke out. Crews say they were alerted by smoke detectors,

  • Family injured in car crash reunites with rescuer who saved baby

    Cora Rose's life turned upside down after she and her family were in a terrible crash Sunday night at the intersection of Division and Sprague. Court documents show the driver who caused the accident, Tomika Smith, had several beers and smoked marijuana just hours before slamming into Rose's van at 50 to 60 miles per hour. 

  • WATCH: Bear rides motorcycle in Russia

    RUSSIA - Drivers in northern Russia got quite a show when two bikers decided to take their motorcycle for a ride. this was no ordinary cruise as the duo had a live bear riding with them in their sidecar.  the very well-trained bear named Tim sat calmly in his seat while even waving at cars and folks passing by. the bikers and their 250-pound bear, are actually part of a traveling circus run by the local bike club that regularly makes appearances. 

  • Spokane police officer helps save man who jumped from window to escape fire

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When flames swallowed a home in north central Spokane Tuesday night, firefighters and police got there as soon as they could. The good news is everyone got out safely, but it wasn't easy. We spoke with one Spokane Police Officer who became a hero in the blink of an eye. Corporal Ron Van Tassel was first on the scene before firefighters even got to the scene near Post and Nora.

  • Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, July 19th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, July 19th.

  • Longer lines at Washington DOL for enhanced licenses

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Upgrading your Washington state ID at the Department of Licensing is becoming more time consuming. "There had been a computer delay earlier," said one DOL customer named Lyle. Instead of leaving, he decided to wait. Lyle had already been waiting for about two hours until his number was called.

  • Spokane family searches for jogger who warned of fire and disappeared

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family is looking for the stranger who noticed a fire in front of their home and dropped everything to warn them. The homeowner tells KHQ that if it wasn't for this guardian angel, things could have ended badly. July Delaney and her two sons were spreading much around the front of their house on the South Hill Tuesday afternoon.

  • Is your home more likely to burn down in a fire?

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A fire can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but some houses are more at risk of going up in a blaze than others. While firefighters were mopping up a house fire near Nora Avenue and Post Street in Spokane Tuesday night, Chief Brian Schaeffer was telling reporters that the home was balloon frame constructed.

  • Deputies offer more details about what led to teen scaring off intruder

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Monday we told you about Kimber Wood, a 17-year-old girl who used her dad's gun to scare off a wanted man who broke into her house. Now deputies are releasing more details about what happened that morning, as they continue to search for the man who escaped arrest on an ATV.

  • Photography program helps veterans struggling with PTSD

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Saluting the brave.  Struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been well documented for those returning from combat.  What isn't as well known are the programs available to help struggling veterans.  One such local program was created using the power of photography to help bring them out of their darkness. 

  • Doctors: Sen. John McCain has brain tumor

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors say Arizona Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor associated with a blood clot that was removed last week. In a statement late Wednesday, doctors reveal that McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer.

  • Sheriff's deputy convicted of smuggling in fishing scheme

    Sheriff's deputy convicted of smuggling in fishing scheme

    BOSTON, Mass. (AP) - A former Massachusetts sheriff's deputy has been convicted of helping a fishing mogul known as "The Codfather" smuggle profits out of the country. A federal jury in Boston found 47-year-old Antonio Freitas guilty Wednesday of charges of bulk cash smuggling and structuring the export of U.S. currency. The former Bristol County sheriff's deputy will be sentenced in October. Prosecutors say Carlos Rafael, who 

  • City of Coeur d'Alene hopes chip seal program will help with pot holes

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - With gravel scattered all over the ground, it may look like you’re driving on a back road somewhere off the beaten path. But, your eyes don’t deceive you. The city is using their program “chip seal” to lengthen the life of Government Way and several other residential roads.

  • Court docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICU

    Court docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICU

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Officers were called to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Friday after receiving word that a three month old baby had arrived at the Intensive Care Unit with severe brain trauma. Court documents say the parents took the baby to the Holy Family Hospital, where the injuries were deemed severe. The baby was then taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart. According to the documents, a CPS caseworker says one 

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  • UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:27:38 GMT
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    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

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    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

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  • Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:57:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

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  • WSDOT cameras catch hot air balloon landing next to Snohomish highway

    WSDOT cameras catch hot air balloon landing next to Snohomish highway

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-07-19 19:37:21 GMT

    SNOHOMISH, Wash. - WSDOT cameras were rolling Wednesday morning when a hot air balloon made a landing next to State Route 9 and Highway 2 in Snohomish.  The rainbow colored balloon landed in a retention pond at around 8:30 a.m., just a little further than they had originally planned. None of the 6 passengers were injured, in fact one of them described the landing as "soft", but the spectacle certain turned some heads from passing motorists.  

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    SNOHOMISH, Wash. - WSDOT cameras were rolling Wednesday morning when a hot air balloon made a landing next to State Route 9 and Highway 2 in Snohomish.  The rainbow colored balloon landed in a retention pond at around 8:30 a.m., just a little further than they had originally planned. None of the 6 passengers were injured, in fact one of them described the landing as "soft", but the spectacle certain turned some heads from passing motorists.  

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