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Elizabeth Backstrom

Elizabeth Backstrom
Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.

New Hope raising money for ministry, building repairs

Spokane’s East Central neighborhood in late July is deceptively quiet. A few people brave the 90-degree heat and scorched sidewalks, but most stay inside with their swamp coolers. At the corner of Greene and Fifth, however, there’s a party going on. The Rev. Percy Happy Watkins and the Tuesday night men’s group are getting their grill on, frying chicken and other barbeque goods in spite of the heat while they catch up on the week’s happenings.

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BRIEF: House votes down Farm Bill

House representatives voted down the controversial 2013 Farm Bill Thursday afternoon. President Obama has threatened to veto the massive bill in its current state, based on its cuts to what he considers vital social programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, also known as food stamps, saying they are a "cornerstone of our nation's food assistance safety net."

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Tribal chief says highway project destroyed religious freedoms

To the outside observer, the US Highway 26 project was innocuous, if a bit of a traffic impediment. The 2008 construction project, intended to widen a dangerously narrow 1.5 mile section of the Mt. Hood highway in Oregon, would provide improved passage for cars turning left.

Hereditary Chief Wilbur Slockish, however, says the project has destroyed his freedom of religion, and is suing for damages.

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