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Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

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CHICAGO - Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school. It's the biggest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ehn-sehf-uh-LAH'-puh-thee), or CTE. The disease has been linked to repeated head blows and the results confirm that it can happen even in young players. 

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Investor urges Barnes & Noble to seek a sale, shares jump

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NEW YORK - An activist investor has bought a "meaningful" stake in Barnes & Noble Inc. and is urging the bookseller to sell itself. Sandell Asset Management Corp. CEO Thomas E. Sandell, in a letter to Barnes & Noble's board, said "the public market for retail stocks is contributing to a risky and inhospitable environment" and the company would be better served if it were private or part of a larger company.

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Rosenstein: "mutual respect" needed for confidence in police

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BALTIMORE - Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says building public confidence in law enforcement "is one of our great challenges."      He says police have a special responsibility to follow the law, and citizens have an obligation to respect the police. Rosenstein spoke Tuesday at the NAACP's national convention in Baltimore.

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21 sent to hospital after farm workers' bus, truck collide

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SUFFIELD, Conn. - A bus carrying tobacco farm workers has collided head-on with a pickup truck in Connecticut, sending 21 people to the hospital for evaluations. Suffield Fire Chief Chuck Flynn says the crash occurred at about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday on Route 168. None of the injuries were considered life threatening. Twenty people on the bus and one person in the pickup all managed to get out of their vehicles on their own.

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Petition Calls for Changes to E-DUI Law

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Its only been in effect for a few days but some drivers in Washington are not happy with the new E-DUI law and want to make changes.

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Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 24th

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Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 24th.

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'Nurse in' held in support of breastfeeding Spokane mom

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SPOKANE, Wash. - If you were near Physzique Fitness in South Spokane Monday morning, you may be wondering what all the mothers and babies were doing outside. We learned they were holding a 'nurse-in' to show their support for a mother who said she had a negative breastfeeding experience at the facility.

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Law enforcement warning motorists about new distracted driving law

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The next time your phone rings while you’re driving you better not pick it up, unless you don’t mind a $136 fine. The new distracted driving law in Washington, also called the DUI-E law, went into effect Sunday, and local law enforcement are reminding drivers to be completely hands-free.

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D'oh! Truck spills bread dough all over highway

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KHQ.com - A truck hauling dough on Interstate 5 Monday had to pull off to the shoulder after the heat of the day caused the dough being transported in the truck to rise and spill out of the truck onto the highway. Trooper Brooke Bova documented the odd sight on Twitter. She said the truck was not blocking traffic, but different agencies responded to clean it up.

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Coeur d'Alene man searches for missing peacock named Charlie Video included

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - When you walk into Dean Brotzman’s backyard you’ll find dogs, cats, and chickens. And peacocks -- yes, peacocks. “They all run around the yard here,” Brotzman said. Brotzman says one day a peacock, that he now he owns, waltzed into their neighborhood. “We started feeding him and everyone started feeding him,” Brotzman said referring to their peacock, Petey. They were hooked.

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Evacuation orders lifted for Bissell fire near Hunters in Stevens County Video included

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STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Update 7:10 p.m.: Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol reports the Bissell fire near Hunters, Washington, is 411 acres and 10 percent contained as of Monday night. All evacuation orders for residents in the vicinity have been lifted Monday night according to Stevens County Emergency Management.

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Residents deal with power outages from Bissell Fire

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HUNTERS, Wash. - While there are families under level two and level three evacuation notices because of the Bissell Fire, there are also a lot of families who don't have electricity in their homes because of the fire. The power outage currently affects people who live in Gifford all the way down Highway 25 to about where the Two Rivers Casino is.

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Latah teen murder suspects to be extradited back to Idaho

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LATAH COUNTY, Wash. - A Ferry County, Washington, Judge has approved an extradition request Monday to move teen murder suspects Matthew McKetta and Keagan Tennant back to Latah County in North Idaho. KHQ was there as Tennant, the son a Pullman Police officer, was escorted into jail Friday.

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Those near Bissell fire thankful for firefighters, community Video included

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HUNTERS, Wash. - Those who live around Hunters can see the difference in the air as firefighters make good progress on the Bissell fire. But, level 2 and 3 evacuation notices are still in place for those who live adjacent to the fire. Rachel Hiskey got the notice Sunday night when she first heard a helicopter, and then noticed smoke. “Our peace has gone for a while, yes,” she says.

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Highway 195 firefighting efforts hampered by drone Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - On Saturday, just south of Spokane along Highway 195 a fire broke out. The small brush fire started around 10 a.m. and started spreading. Dubbed the Snag Fire, it grew to about 10 acres  and triggered some evacuation orders nearby before it was contained. However, according to Spokane County Fire District 3 Chief Cody Rohrbach, had they had air support sooner, it potentially could have stayed small.

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Coffee is life: Washington woman's hands-free drinking tip goes viral

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VANCOUVER, Wash. - With Washington's new distracted driving law in effect, holding a phone while behind the wheel could cost you. In addition to the cell phone crackdown, the law makes eating, drinking or other activities that could potentially take your hands off the wheel secondary offenses. That means if you run a stop sign while drinking a cup of coffee and get pulled over for running the stop sign, you could get a $99 fine for drinking that coffee.

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Silverwood treats family to day at the park after mom beats blood disease Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A local family is dreaming of going to Silverwood to celebrate their mother's clean bill of health. Unfortunately, they can't afford to go. The children set up a lemonade stand with hopes of making their wish come true. No was the word Kandis Workman found herself saying over and over to her five children. "The chemo has taken a lot out of me," she said.

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Trump intensifies criticism of his own attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is taking a remarkable new swipe at his own attorney general on Monday. He's referring to Jeff Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered" while privately musing about whether he should fire his longtime ally. Trump again directed his displeasure at Sessions while fuming about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible campaign collusion with foreign officials.

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Teenage driver livestreams part of deadly crash on Instagram; victim identified

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MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a California girl killed in a crash that occurred as her older sister was livestreaming while driving the car. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke identified the girl Monday as 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez of Stockton.      Authorities say she was ejected Friday...

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Donna Perry given three life sentences for the murder of three women

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Donna (a.k.a. Douglas) Perry was given three life sentences without parole or early release for the murder of three women back in 1990. "Ms. Perry, you killed these women for nothing but the sport of it," said Judge Price. Also saying that this was the most complicated criminal case he has seen in his career.

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Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

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SCHALLER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. Records show that Pyle Transportation Inc. failed to pay federal employment and trucking taxes for years, faced lawsuits over unpaid wages owed to drivers, and has been ordered to pay penalties for violations of federal safety rules.

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Judge: Nonprofit legal groups can keep helping immigrants

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SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle says nonprofit legal groups around the country can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation, after a Justice Department decision threatened to curtail much of that work. In April, the Justice Department told the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project that it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes formal representation of them in court.

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Family of brain-dead California girl fights to reverse death

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - More than three years after a coroner declared a teen girl dead, a Northern California judge is deciding whether to revoke her death certificate. In court documents filed last month, retired neurologist Dr. Alan Shewmon says videos recorded by Jahi McMath's family from 2014 to 2016 show McMath is still alive.

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71-year-old woman and dog rescued in Olympic National Park

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A 71-year-old Port Angeles woman and her dog were found thirsty and hungry, but alive and well, after being stranded for nearly a week in Olympic National Park. The Peninsula Daily News reports that Sajean Geer and her dog named Yoda were rescued at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday by a Coast Guard helicopter.

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Woman's body found on roadside in Jefferson City

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HELENA, Mont. - State and Jefferson County authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of a road in Jefferson City. Montana Department of Justice officials say a person discovered the body Sunday and called the police. The agency's statement says the death appears suspicious but there is no immediate threat to the public.

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Records: EPA chief jets away for weekends on taxpayer's dime

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expenses from March through May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit watchdog group.

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Fellow cops finish slain New York state trooper's treehouse

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EVANS MILLS, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly three dozen law enforcement officers have completed a treehouse that a New York state trooper was building for his daughter when he was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

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Fishing crew catches 926-pound shark off New Jersey coast

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BRIELLE, N.J. (AP) - A fishing crew has reeled in a 926-pound Mako shark, and New Jersey officials say it's the biggest shark catch in the state's history. The boat's crew was fishing about 100 miles off the coast in an area known as Hudson Canyon on Saturday.

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USGS reports small earthquake south of Chelan

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CHELAN, Wash. - The Washington Department of Emergency Management reports a small earthquake struck about 10 miles from Chelan, Washington Monday afternoon. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports the quake happened just before 1 p.m. Monday and was a 3.3 magnitude quake. 

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City using goats to tame vegetation at closed landfill

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KEENE, N.H. - A New Hampshire city has turned to a herd of hungry goats to tame the vegetation at its closed landfill. The public works department in Keene said Monday it brought in 30 goats in June to munch on the grass and shrubs at the fenced-in landfill. They are joined by Enzo, a dog tasked with protecting the goats from potential predators.

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2nd person tested positive for norovirus tied to Chipotle

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NEW YORK, NY - A Virginia health official says a second person has tested positive for norovirus after eating at a Chipotle before it was temporarily closed last week following reports of illnesses. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, says two people now have tested positive for norovirus. Goodfriend previously said a second confirmed case would give a strong indication norovirus was behind the reported illnesses.

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Court hearing could decide fate of dog pardoned by governor

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A court hearing could determine the fate of a dog that was due to be euthanized before Maine's governor tried to grant the pooch clemency. Republican Gov. Paul LePage's pardon made a celebrity out of the Alaskan husky named Dakota that was ordered to be put down after attacking two dogs, killing one. The hearing is set for Monday afternoon in Augusta.

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Scuba diver who died in Hood Canal identified

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SHELTON, Wash. -  A scuba diver who died in Washington state's Hood Canal has been identified. The News Tribune reports that Joshua Michael Parke of The Dalles, Oregon, died Saturday, according to the Mason County Coroner's Office. Officials say Parke was on a training dive in the Sund Rock Conservation Area near Hoodsport, Washington. After surfacing with his dive partner, Parke went unconscious.

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Man on ATV hit by crop duster in Maryland

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BERLIN, Md. - A man driving an all-terrain vehicle in Maryland escaped serious injury after being struck by a crop duster. Maryland state police say in a statement that 23-year-old Drew Eckman was taken by the pilot of the crop duster to Atlantic General Hospital on Sunday morning. He suffered minor injuries. The pilot, 25-year-old Christopher Bunting, was not injured.

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Door-to-door solicitor uses racial slur against Spokane woman

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SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane couple is furious after they say someone who went door-to-door asking for donations used a racial slur against them. Roger and Christina Wink were at home when they heard a knock at the door. Christina answered, and a man described to be in his 20s said he was collecting money to send care packages to active military.

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Highway 95 reopens in Bonner County following crash

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PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

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Kids open lemonade stand to celebrate mom who beat blood disorder Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - "Help Me Hayley" was contacted regarding a local family who has been through a rough couple of months. It's a story of children rallying around their mother to make a family dream come true. Meet Kandis Workman. She says she's been fighting a devastating blood disorder. The countless  appointments and treatments have taken a toll on her young family.

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No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect Video included

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law. The law that went into effect Sunday prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices - including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets - while behind the wheel. That means no reading incoming text messages while driving, or watching a quick video while stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light.

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Death toll in immigrant smuggling case cut to 9

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 SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has lowered the death toll of people found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer outside of a San Antonio Walmart from 10 to nine.

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Wildfire sparked by stolen truck crash in Grant County

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SCHWANA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters from Districts 8 and 10 quickly extinguished a small brush fire Saturday evening cause by a crash of a stolen vehicle. Fire crews were called just before 6 p.m. to State Route 243 South and B-Street next to the gas station in Schwana, Washington, after witnesses reported a pickup had crashed, a brush fire had started, and a man was seen running from the crash.

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Trump's new message guru wants 'a more positive mojo'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's new communications adviser says it's time to hit the "reset button." Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci pledged to begin "an era of a new good feeling" and said he hopes to "create a more positive mojo." He also promised to crack down on information leaks and pledged to better focus the message coming from the White House.

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Purple Heart found on NY road returned to veteran's family

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NYACK, N.Y. (AP) - The family of a World War II veteran has a piece of his history back - a service medal. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday presented the family of Bernard McNamara with his Purple Heart medal. It had been found along a Rockland County road several years ago with the inscription of "B.J. McNamara on December 9, 1943."

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Man accused of setting fire to home with family inside

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TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma Police have arrested a 47-year-old man suspected of starting a fire at a home with his wife and two teenage children inside. Kenneth Massey was booked into Pierce County Jail early Sunday on investigation of attempted murder and arson. The News-Tribune reports that no one was hurt in the Saturday night fire. 

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Man seeking dropped cellphone falls in building trash chute

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued. Washington, D.C., Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo says the man was throwing out trash at an apartment building when he thought he dropped the cellphone in the chute. Maggiolo says the man leaned in to check and fell inside.

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Contest winner disqualified over pro-Trump Instagram post

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A Kansas makeup artist says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later was disqualified because of her Instagram post supporting Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. The Wichita Eagle reports screenshots taken by Gypsy Freeman of Wichita show she won the Instagram contest last month.

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Idaho GOP elects former executive director as chairman

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Republican Party elected its former executive director as its chairman. The Spokesman-Review reports Jonathan Parker will be the next Idaho GOP chairman after a vote Saturday. Parker was elected by a secret ballot where voters wrote down a candidate's first name.

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  • U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 00:41:48 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

  • 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. 

    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. 

  • 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.

    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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