SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Spokane police officer shot and killed a person near a golf course. Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl said police received a call from people trying to comfort a suicidal individual about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Esmeralda Golf Course. He said that person turned to point a gun at an officer, who fired at least two shots. First aid was rendered to the individual, but he died at the scene.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spending on the race for Spokane mayor has topped $1 million mark after an independent conservative political group spent $50,000 on ads attacking Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart. The Spokesman-Review reports that spending on the race between Stuckart and Nadine Woodward is expected to increase. The spending has largely been in favor of Woodward, a former TV news anchor who has described herself as center-right. Stuckart is a member of the Democratic Party.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state representative who authored a letter signed by 27 other Republican representatives decrying Boise State University's diversity and inclusion efforts says it's not her goal to defund the school over the issue. Rep. Barbara Ehardt of Idaho Falls told more than 300 people attending a diversity panel discussion Tuesday with three other lawmakers that her top goal is to make sure free speech is not limited.
MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — One of the largest cities in Idaho has banned the use of a hand-held phone while driving. Meridian's city council approved the ordinance Tuesday, prohibiting the use of hand-held devices any time a vehicle is in a traffic lane. The ban doesn't include hands-free devices that use features like voice activation, and it includes some exceptions for things like navigation and use by first responders.