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4 Things to Know for Friday, June 16

SPOKANE, Wash. - Here's four things you should know for this Friday.

 

Thousands of kids said goodbye to the school year yesterday, but the start of summer presents a challenge to many families who struggle to keep the pantry stocked during the months with no school lunches.

Fifty-seven percent of Spokane students qualify for free and reduced lunches, and twenty five percent don't know where their next meal is coming from. So for many, no school means no lunch.  But, there is help available.

Spokane Public Schools is teaming up with the USDA, and starting Monday, they'll serve breakfast and lunch to students at more than 40 locations.

For information on the food distribution locations, check here.

Full story here.

 

The Grant County Prosector's Office has dropped the first degree manslaughter charge against 18-year-old Shawn Wachter of Coulee City. Wachter was accused of stabbing his twin brother to death in February. 

Prosecutors concluded that Wachter was acting in self-defense, and statements from witnesses claim that shawn had "attempted to get away from his brother when the stabbing occurred."

 

Two motorcyclists were killed in seperate crashes in the Spokane area within the last week. In a third crash Wednesday, two people were trapped underneath a car after a crash at an intersection on Wellesley. At last check, they're both in critical condition.

The string of crashes, a tragic reminder to motorcyclists of any age, and experience level, to ride smart.

Also a reminder for the rest of us on the road to keep an extra eye out for those on two wheels.

Full story here

 

Coeur d'Alene Police say crime is on the decline in the area, according to the departments' compstat report released Thursday.

Crime between January and May of this year was down twenty two percent compared to the same time in 2016.

Those crimes include aggravated assaults, arson, homcide, rape, burglary, robbery, and theft.


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