MORNING BRIEFING: Deadly flu strains, dry winters and pups on planes



More details have emerged surrounding the murder of Douglas Carlile, the day after police arrested Timothy Suckow, who's been charged with the Spokane businessman's murder. (S-R)

Three people in the region have died and 135 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County due to this season's particularly bad flu virus strain. (KXLY)

So far, the Spokane area is experiencing its driest winter in a decade, and is about 3-4 inches behind normal snowfall averages. (KREM)


Gov. Jay Inslee called for the Washington State Legislature to boost K-12 funding, teacher pay and the state minimum wage in his State of the State address yesterday. (Seattle Times)

Curtis Reeves, the Florida ex-cop who shot and killed another man for texting during a movie preview, is reported to have had a similar but non-deadly incident with another moviegoer weeks ago. (CNN)

A Senate Intelligence Committee report released today concludes the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in Sept. 2012 was preventable. (NYT)


The Kootenai Humane Society is participating in a program to fly in adoptable dogs from high-kill shelters in California. (KXLY)