The baby girl was just a few hours old when her mother brought her to Spokane Fire Department Station 8. The woman, in her late 20s, had given birth at home Monday morning, she told firefighters. A friend tied the umbilical cord. With five other children, the woman didn’t think she could take care of the baby, so she handed her off to the firefighters Monday afternoon. “It was pretty smooth,” said fire Lt. Dan Awbery, who was on shift at the station. It’s the first time Brian Schaeffer, the city’s assistant fire chief, can recall someone using Washington’s safe-haven law to leave a baby at a Spokane fire station. The law, passed in 2002, allows a parent to leave a newborn who’s less than 3 days old with staff at a hospital or fire station, no questions asked/Rachel Alexander, SR. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with the concept of Washington's safe-haven law?
Fritz Wiedenhoff has announced he will challenge incumbent Rep. Vito Barbieri, R- Dalton Gardens, for the Republican nomination for Legislative District 2, seat A. “I am a conservative Republican coupled with a strong passion for public service as well as serving the community,” he said in a press release. “I believe these, among other qualities, uniquely position me to properly represent the 2nd District of Kootenai County.” Wiedenhoff said legislators who become obstructionist do not help move the state forward. He said if he is elected he will focus on effectiveness, education and jobs/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Can you name the Democrat who has announced for Barbieri's House seat?
The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve struck a defiant tone Tuesday while again urging four holdouts to leave, saying local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there. Ammon Bundy said the FBI and Oregon State Police surrounding Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are leading an “armed occupation,” words typically reserved for the ranchers and others that launched the standoff on Jan. 2. He said the refuge “belongs to the people,” according to a statement read by his attorney. “I am requesting that the remaining protesters go home now so their lives are not taken,” Bundy’s statement said/Associated Press. More here.
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