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Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Washington residents can expect the rainy weather to continue into next week, after a possible sunbreak Friday.

Forecasters say more Pacific storm fronts are headed to the Northwest to add to recent rainfall.

The Weather Service says this has been the wettest start to March on record in Seattle. On Wednesday, 1.84 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the seventh-wettest March day on record. March precipitation at Sea-Tac as of 4 a.m. Thursday is 3.73 inches. Normal for the entire month 3.72 inches.

By Friday morning another .25-to-1 inch of rain is forecast in the Western Washington lowlands and 1-to-3 inches in the mountains.

Showers and snow-melting mild temperatures are forecast across the state through the weekend.

Forecasters say drier weather is possible by the middle of next week.

EWU students remembered for leadership at memorial service

EWU students remembered for leadership at memorial service

A memorial was held for two Eastern Washington University Monday to remember two students killed in a car crash near Colfax last month.

Nancy Zepeda-Zarate, 21, of Quincy and 21-year-old Ashley Gonzalez of Pasco were killed when the car they were in slammed into a semi-truck on Highway 195 south of Colfax.

Two other students in the car were injured. .

The common theme that all speakers shared when speaking of the two students was they were both born leaders.

"Thing about Ashley, she was such a hard working person, just like Nancy they have a lot of similar qualities," Nancy Oropeza said.

Both women were part of the Chicano Education Program. Nancy was also a member of Alpha Pi Sigma while Ashley was looking to join.

A slideshow of the two girls with family and friends had people in attendance both sniffling and laughing.

"They have impacted many of us on campus and created many friendships. The university will not be the same without them," EWU President Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo said.

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.

Spokane AIDS Foundation holds Oscar Night Gala

Spokane AIDS Foundation holds Oscar Night Gala

This year marked the 16th Oscar Night Gala hosted by the Spokane AIDS Foundation.

The event was hosted at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino and guests dined on a three course meal while bidding on both live and silent auction items.

Items auctioned off included signed CDs and movies by well-known musicians and actors, artwork, and jewelry. Going along with this years theme, a Wicked package was also up for auction.

The Chair of the event, Grant Ogren, said, on average the event raises around $45,000 for the organization. The event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and the most rewarding for the volunteers.

"Seeing the smiles on people's faces and the way they're interacting, and people fighting for a bid on a silent auction item. Just the excitement that their spending their Sunday evening together dressed up," said Ogren.

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

This November, Spokane County voters will elect a new prosecutor and, as of Friday night, the campaign has its first controversy, involving one of the candidates using the death of WWII veteran Shorty Belton as part of his platform.

Spokane attorney Breean Beggs is one of two men running for county prosecutor and, in a letter to his supporters, Beggs brings up the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, saying our criminal justice system failed to protect Belton from a pair of teenagers who had already been in trouble with the law.

The two teenagers suspected of killing Belton -- Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn -- had both been arrested and punished at the juvenile detention center prior to Belton's murder.

Beggs thinks, in hindsight, not enough was done to keep those young offenders on the straight and narrow. In his letter to supporters Beggs writes the attack on Belton "was predictable based on prior violence."

EWU grad cast in Bring It On: The Musical

EWU grad cast in Bring It On: The Musical

An Eastern Washington University student is bringing her talents to the stage in Bring It On: The Musical.

Chailee Friant graduated from the EWU Theater Department in 2012. Her experience as a national level gymnast, world champion cheerleader, singer and actor make her a perfect fit for her breakout role in Bring It On: The Musical.

Sex offender reportedly seen on EWU campus arrested in Virginia

Sex offender reportedly seen on EWU campus arrested in Virginia

An escaped violent sex offender who was reportedly spotted in Eastern Washington has been arrested in Virginia by U.S. Marshals.

Eric Eugene Hartwell, 51, cut off his ankle monitor and escaped from Denver a week ago.

The first possible sightings of Hartwell in the Inland Northwest started Thursday. Several students reported seeing him on Eastern Washington University's campus.

According to The Denver Channel, Hartwell was found in a motel where he refused to open the door. The Marshals broke down the door and took him into custody.

Hartwell was convicted of raping a 6-year-old in 1991 and attempting to rape a pregnant teen in 1996.

Hartwell does have convictions in Washington and had previously escaped from parole in this state.