Idaho Housing & Finance Association has Received a $267,723 Grant

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BOISE, ID - The Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the Idaho Housing and Finance Association a federal grant in the amount of $267,723. This grant is to help the Free Comprehensive Housing Counseling program which helps approximately 7,500 people annually to better understand and resolve their housing questions and issues.

Asotin Police & Deputies Start Carrying Medication to Reverse Narcotic Overdoses

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ASOTIN, WA - As a matter of public safety, two local law enforcement agencies today announced that their personnel are now carrying medication to reverse narcotic overdoses, such as from heroin or other drugs.  The Asotin Police Department and the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office have implemented policies to allow Officers and Deputies to carry the medication following a process to update policy, perform training, and become equipped with it.  Meanwhile, Clarkston Police are still in the process of assessing the use of Narcan.

Former Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer Fighting to Keep His K9 Partner

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ST. MARIES, ID - A former Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer who moved to a different Idaho law enforcement agency is fighting to keep his partner, K9 Officer "Ruger."  Dustin Pulley left the Lapwai-based department for the Benewah County Sheriff's Office about two weeks ago because his wife wanted to relocate closer to family and she had been hired as a dispatcher for that agency.

Pulley says he left after making a verbal agreement with Julie Cane, an attorney with the Tribe's Law and Order Committee to purchase Ruger.  

"I agreed to pay for the price for Ruger and use my annual and comp time which is about $4,500," Pulley says.

Pulley says this week he received a call from a Tribal Police Captain telling him to turn Ruger in to a Moscow kennel by tomorrow.

"Now after being gone for almost two weeks they want to try and take Ruger back and see if they can place him with another handler. They are not only taking him, but he is a son to me," Pulley says.

Whitman County Man Sentenced to Prison For Child Porn

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COLFAX, WA - A 31-year-old St. John man who previously pled guilty to dealing in child pornography was sentenced to prison today in Whitman County Superior Court.  Benjamin Isaacs was handed a 15-month sentence, three years of Washington Department of Corrections supervision, and $1,800 in fines and costs.

Idaho One of Most Lenient States on DUIs, Washington One of Most Strict According to Report

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LEWISTON, ID - Idaho is one of the most lenient states when it comes to those who drive under the influence.  That is according to a report from the personal-finance website, WalletHub.  Idaho is tied for 47th with North Dakota with total scores of 29.55%.  Meanwhile, Washington State is one of the more strict states when it comes to drunk driving, ranking 15th with a total score of 50.45%.

DNR Prohibits Campfires in All of Eastern Washington, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels Rising

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OLYMPIA, WA - Restrictions on campfires on all Washington State Department of Natural Resources-protected lands in eastern Washington will go into effect at midnight tonight.  No outdoor burning of any kind will be allowed in the DNR's jurisdiction east of the Cascade Crest.   Meanwhile, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels in zones 609W and 609E will increase to a Level 3.

Washington State Primary Turnout Approaches 27%

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Secretary of State's Office says voter turnout for the August 1st Primary Election is turning out higher than the numbers set in the previous two odd-year primaries.  Turnout this year has reached 26.79%, compared to 24.37% in 2015 and 25.99% in 2013.  A few thousand ballots have yet to be counted, but state and county election workers are nearing the end of the vote tabulation process.

Call 811 for a Free Utility Locate Prior to Any Digging Project

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Utilities and Transportation Commission uses the August 11th date to remind people to call 811 for a free utility locate prior to any digging project.

From the UTC:
Anyone planning to dig – installing a fence or mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree, or undertaking any other project below the surface – must call 811 at least two business days before the planned project start date.

Washington State Has First Confirmed Case of Equine West Nile Virus of 2017

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FOUR LAKES, WA - An unvaccinated Spokane County horse has contracted West Nile Virus.  The Washington State Department of Agriculture was notified that the 10-year-old quarter horse in the town of Four Lakes is the first horse in the state to contract the virus this year. The horse is reported to have coordination problems with its rear legs and muscle tremors, but is improving.


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