MORNING BRIEFING: Split budget, homeless and hate crimes

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LOCAL

Spokane City Council approves 2013 budget with split 4-3 vote. (S-R) 

Downtown freeway homeless camp causing concerns. (KXLY) 

Coeur d'Alene implements new financial safeguards after embezzlement. (CDA Press) 

LESS LOCAL

Portland jury awards $306,000 in excessive force case. (Oregonian)

FBI says hate crimes are down in state, country. (Seattle Times)

LEAST LOCAL

Nelson Mandela recovering from lung infection. (BBC) 

Russian author discusses strange lives of Americans. (NY Times)