MORNING BRIEFING: Sterling merger, Cami Bradley, Syria and a molasses spill



Spokane-based Sterling Bank is merging with Umpqua Holdings of Portland. (S-R)

Police arrest two suspects in connection with the shooting Sunday night outside The Hop. (KHQ)

Truth Ministries, a men’s homeless shelter that houses 50 men a night, plans to close at the end of the month. (KXLY)

A Priest River man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife with an ice pick and a kitchen knife last December. (Bonner County Bee)

Spokane singer Cami Bradley advanced to the Top 6 on this season of America’s Got Talent. (Hollywood Life)


At least two people were killed in flash flooding in Colorado. (NBC)

U.S. and Russian leaders are meeting in Geneva to discuss putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. (BBC)

Meanwhile, the CIA is delivering weapons to Syrian rebels. (WaPo)

A molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor is killing thousands of fish. (CNN)

JK Rowling is teaming with Warner Bros. to write a Harry Potter-themed film series. (USA Today)