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SPOKANE, Wash. - Welcome to your Wednesday. As you plan your outfit for the day: today will be much like yesterday, a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the lower 70s. Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker says we should expect even cooler and wetter weather by the end of this week. 

Here are some headlines you probably missed overnight:

The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government employees to get out of Iraq. Americans in the country have been asked to leave using commercial transportation as soon as they can. The security alert was issued early this morning, though it's not clear what exactly prompted it. Last week, the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier to the region amid indications Iran had planned an attack on US forces.

An Alabama abortion measure has the whole country talking. The state legislature passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions, with no exemptions for rape and incest victims. Alabama's governor is expected to sign it. The state's Republican backers pushed the legislation through with the express goal of eventually overturning Roe v. Wade. 

"We arrest people ... and the next day they are on the street." Spokane's sheriff is once again upset about the 'revolving door' of the city's criminal justice system. Recently, a man who had just been let out of jail after attacking two nurses was arrested again for allegedly trying to kill his roommate. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich uses this as an example to support his push for a new jail. He says the one Spokane has is overcrowded and forces officials to let potentially dangerous criminals back onto the street. In Knezovich's opinion, "we need to change this before more people get hurt." 

Two weeks after being shot in a classroom on the University of North Carolina's campus, this 19-year-old has taken his first steps without help.


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