Wednesday morning’s top headlines

Wednesday morning’s top headlines
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Welcome to your Wednesday! Hope you’ve been liking the weather recently, because we’re in for more of the same today. A bit cloudy with a high of 80.

Here are this morning’s top headlines:

Don’t swim in Liberty Lake today

The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is putting herbicide in 38 acres of the lake today, to control weeds. The lake will be closed to swimmers, fishers and boaters today and tomorrow so the herbicide can work.

Calls for the Labor Secretary to resign

Lawmakers and activists are calling for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign after his previous involvement with a controversial plea deal for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein came to light. Epstein has now been arrested for underage sex trafficking. When he was under investigation for similar crimes in 2008, Acosta (who was a U.S. attorney in Florida at the time) negotiated an agreement which allowed Epstein to serve just 13 months in jail and leave the facility often. The President has praised Acosta as an ‘excellent’ member of his cabinet, but said he would look at the plea deal “very carefully.”

Doubling the force

The mayor and city council members in Hayden want to double the amount of Kootenai County deputies who work within city limits. Right now, there are four deputies designated to patrol the town. Dedicating four additional deputies would cost the city around $677,000 each year. In November, voters will decide if they want to pay for that.

An expensive celebration

The Pentagon estimates it cost $1.2 million for the military’s participation in the July Fourth “Salute to America” celebration, which included flyovers by military aircraft and tanks on display. In response to criticism of the cost, the Pentagon pointed out that the military spends similar amounts of money on other events, noting the Blue Angels have conducted 47 flyovers in fiscal year 2019 at a cost of $36 million.

Spokane: a ‘New Foodie Town’?

The food scene in Spokane has been on the rise for a while, but it’s now getting some recognition. Realtor.com has ranked Spokane as one of the top 10 best ‘New Foodie Towns’ in America thanks to its wineries, farmers markets and quality restaurants.

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