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Prairie Road closed due to water over roadway

Prairie Road closed due to water over roadway

Authorities in Kootenai County have shut down Prairie Avenue between Atlas Road and Huetter Road due to flooding over the roadway.

According to the Post Falls Highway District, they are anticipating the road being closed until sometime Thursday.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to avoid the area, use alternative routes and do not attempt to drive through standing water.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Body cams show final moments of deadly 2012 shooting

One day after the Kootenai County prosecutor ruled a 2012 Coeur d'Alene Police officer-involved shooting was justified authorities have released dash cam and body cam footage from the officers involved in that shooting.

Christian Buquet, 19, shot a man in the chest and then led police on a chase through the Lake City in 2012, driving erratically and firing shots at officers from his moving car, putting bystanders and officers in danger. They finally shot him when his car came to a stop and officers said he pointed a gun directly at them on the Centennial Trail.

Dash cams and body cameras are giving us a better idea than ever before what these officers face in these violent confrontations. In this case, you never see Buquet but you do see some of the actions that led officers to believe they were in danger.

Two critically injured in Coeur d'Alene apartment fire

The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department reports a log accidentally rolled out of a fireplace, leading to a fire that critically injured two people and sent six more to the hospital Friday morning at a four-unit apartment complex in the 4200 block of Crown Avenue.

The two critically injured people -- a 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman -- suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Additionally, six children were taken to Kootenai Medical Center, treated and released.

In all, Coeur d'Alene firefighters rescued 12 people and two dogs who lived in the apartment complex.

"I woke up at 5:45, my alarm clock and I smelled smoke and my dog was going crazy, so I woke up my kids and I went in the living room, it was full of smoke and I could feel the heat on the stairways and I was getting my kids out and the neighbor below me, Jesse, was laying on the stairs burned and the whole building was on fire," Corie McNearney, a mother of four whose family was displaced by the fire, said.

FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

Middle school students collect Clothes for the Cause

Middle school students collect Clothes for the Cause

A group of students at River City Middle School in Post Falls is hoping the community will help them with a unique fundraiser for St. Jude Research Hospital. The students are hoping you’ll donate your old clothes, shoes, sheets and towels to be recycled through  Clothes for the Cause.


Shailey Nagel, Makenna and Hannah Maag and Dane Ford were working on a project for their extracurricular class, Challenge, when they decided they wanted to do something to benefit St. Jude. Last year, they raised $800 for hospital through traditional fundraisers like bake sales.

Coeur d'Alene doctor provides vision saving services in Central America

Coeur d'Alene doctor provides vision saving services in Central America

Cataracts and strabismus are eye diseases that are easily treated here in the U.S., but in Central America these conditions can cause blindness and make daily life an extreme challenge. For 20 years, Dr. Justin StormoGipson has been leading teams of surgeons, nurses, and other specialists to bring sight to patients whose worlds would otherwise be dark.