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Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three people have been killed Tuesday in two separate crashes in North Idaho, while there have been multiple crashes and collisions reported across Eastern Washington.

Two people were killed in a two car crash on Interstate-90 near Cataldo. A man and woman were driving in a Nissan Pathfinder westbound around 10:30 a.m. when they lost control, went across the median and slammed into a semi-truck. The truck ended up in the eastbound lanes, while the Pathfinder came to a rest in the median.

The woman in the passenger seat died on impact while the male driver was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The victims have not been identified. The two people in the semi-truck were not injured.

The crash slowed traffic in the westbound lanes while eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway for about five hours. Idaho State Police say slick roads were a major factor in the crash.

In Nez Perce County, one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash along Highway 12 at 8:11 a.m. In that collision the driver of a tractor trailer crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a pick-up truck.

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Highway 17 is closed as crews from the Department of Ecology work to transfer ethanol from a tanker truck that crashed in a bridge over Lind Coulee around 6 am.


No one was hurt in the crash. Ecology reports that less than 100 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the roadway and none of it reached water in a nearby canal. Highway 17 will remain closed as crews work to transfer approximately 6,0000 gallons of ethanol into a new tank and right the truck.

Washington minimum wage remains highest in nation

Washington minimum wage remains highest in nation

Thousands of Washington workers got a raise Wednesday as the state minimum wage bumped up to $9.32 an hour, up from $9.19.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour; Vermont has the third highest minimum wage in the country at $8.73 per hour, Oregon's minimum wage jumped up 15 cents to $9.10 Wednesday, but Washington, with the 13 cent bump, still has the highest minimum wage in the nation.

Minimun wage workers in Washington will now be bringing in about $5 more a week which, over the course of a year, is about $270.

Sianna Wood is a barista at Deb's Espresso and is excited to have a little more cash in her pocket. She's a mom and knows things add up quickly so it'll be nice to have a bigger paycheck.

"Just a little bit helps, and I have an 18-month daughter and kids are not cheap so I am really excited," Wood said.

On the other hand, businesses have to figure out how to handle the increased cost. Deb Weisgerber, owner of Deb's Espresso, says the minimum wage increase is going to cost the business an extra $2,000 a year.

Colorado marijuana sales a glimpse into Washington's future

Colorado marijuana sales a glimpse into Washington's future

The first legal sale of pot in the entire country was made in Denver on New Year's Day, and the coming days in Colorado will give Washington a good look at the troubles -- and riches -- it could encounter.

Long lines and eager minds awaited the first New Year's pot sales Wednesday morning in Colorado. About 40 stores opened there, mostly in Denver.

Meanwhile in Washington, the state's liquor control board is sifting through 1,312 retailer applications, including 96 in Spokane County.

"But it's the small guys, especially in this industry as it opens up in Washington and Colorado, that I think are truly going to bring back the economy of our city and states," Paul Lugo at The Herbal Connection said.

Some are coming from all across the country, like Karen Phelps, who moved from Ft. Worth, Texas to Spokane, to grow pot.

"I've been waiting for this since I've been a kid. I've been waiting for this, it's been a long time coming," Phelps said.

Spokane now has 57 retail applications for eight stores while Spokane Valley has 28 for three stores.

Moses Lake officer kills suspect while responding to disturbance

The Moses Lake Police Department confirms one of their officers was involved in a fatal shooting Monday evening.

The shooting happened during their response to a disturbance in the 2000 block of South Belair Drive. It is unclear at this time what prompted the officer to fire his weapon.

The suspect, identified by police as James Eshelman, 54, was transported to Samaritan Hospital, where he later died.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave.

An autopsy on Eshelman is scheduled to be performed on Jan. 2.

The Columbia Basin Investigating Team has taken over the investigation.

The Top 10 Stories Of 2013

The Top 10 Stories Of 2013

Stolen computers, World of Warcraft, thousands of credit cards hacked, Shell 77, Chanin Starbuck, Josie Freier, Mackenzie Mott and Delbert Belton. These were among the top 10 stories of 2013 on KXLY.com.

1. Elderly man dies after being attacked outside Ice Arena

Delbert "Shorty" Belton, a WWII Army veteran who survived being wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, was beaten and left for dead in his car outside the Eagles Ice Arena in August. Within days two teens, Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams Kinard, were arrested for the veteran's death.

Hundreds of people, many of them people who never met Belton, turned out to pay their respects to Belton at his funeral.

2. Naked man found in road with severed genitalia

Third suspect arrested in roadside shooting

Third suspect arrested in roadside shooting

A third suspect in a roadside shooting near Moses Lake is in custody. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gilbert Williamson in connection with the December 10th shooting of Dale Olmos.

 

Williamson was arrested without incident on December 29th. Prosecutors have charged him with first-degree rendering criminal assistance for his role in the shooting.