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World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

A Spokane World War II veteran shot in combat received his Purple Heart almost 70 years after the battle in which he earned it.

It's been a long time coming for 90 year old Lloyd Phillips.

And by all accounts it's an incredible story that starts with Phillips almost missing the boat to battle.

"When we got to Camp to ship over, in New York, I came down with appendicitis, scarlet fever, and measles. So I missed the boat. But I caught the next boat with the 574", says Phillips.

Fast forward to April 1945. Phillips' Army unit was on a convoy in Germany when they were ambushed.

"And they shot Rose, my partner, and they shot our gunner, and I couldn't get him out of the turret of the gun."

Taking fire, Phillips ran toward a building where he saw American GIs. That's when he was shot. Twice.

"I was holding my rifle at port arms. The bullet hit the rifle and ricocheted up through my helmet. The other bullet went on the side of my cheek and the bottom of my ear... it went all through my arms."

Cut and bleeding, Phillips made it inside only to find the GIs were P.O.W.s under German guard.

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Looking for the perfect  prank? Send a friend a goat!

Spokane Produce Incorporated is sponsoring the "Send a Friend a Goat" event from April 14-18. For a $50 donation to Wishing Star you can send a baby goat to an unsuspecting friend or coworker. The volunteers will playfully threaten to leave the goat unless they are paid off with any donation amount.

Think you're going to get a goat delivered to you? You can buy goat insurance for $100!

The program doesn't happen without the help of volunteers. Teams of 2 or 3 volunteers can choose one or more days during the week of April 14-18 to deliver the goats to unsuspecting recipients in the greater Spokane community. Volunteers are provided with lunch and a schedule, and will be out delivering 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Gov. Inslee joins Washtucna students to sign Palouse Falls bill

Gov. Inslee joins Washtucna students to sign Palouse Falls bill

An exciting day for the students of Washtucna School as Governor Jay Inslee joined them at the Palouse Falls to sign the bill the students penned making the landmark the official state waterfall.

The students started working on the bill as part of a class lesson on how government works in the fall. At the end of January, five of the students, in grades three through six, made their way to the state Capitol to make their case before the House Government Operations and Election Committee.

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

There’s spectacular cakes, and then there’s the art that Chef Rebecca Wortman creates with buttercream frosting and sugar pieces. Using the common cake topping, Wortman makes sculptures that have captured the eye of the confectionary world in just a few short months.

“I wanted to do something different,” said Wortman of her sculptures. “And it’s turning out to be good.”

Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

On July 10th, 2012, Jovie Sloan Preston died of SIDS at just 16 weeks old. This Sunday would have been her second birthday, and to celebrate her mom is hoping the community will spend March 16th spreading random acts of kindness in honor of her little girl.

Last year, Molly Preston celebrated Jovi’s birthday by thanking the first responders and doctors who helped her the day that she found her daughter dead in her crib after laying her down for a nap. Preston brought them cookies, but this year she wants to honor her daughter’s short life on a grander scale.

Fallen firefighter's daughters training to honor him

Fallen firefighter's daughters training to honor him

Tuesday at Spokane Fire Station One, the sound of footsteps filled the stairwells. If you stopped to look, you'd see two young girls scaling the stairs. As they pass, you'd see their determination in their faces.

Their names are Ashley and Kasey Knighten. They took each step towards the future, while remembering their past.

"I imagine him actually doing the stair climb in full gear," Kasey said.

Their dad was John Knighten, a Spokane firefighter who died last year from a blood plasma cancer called multiple myeloma.

Even while fighting cancer, John used to train for long stair climbing events. Now, 11-year-old Kasey and 13-year-old Ashley are following in their father's footsteps.

"I feel really honored and everyday I wear my dad's badge number just to give me inspiration because he did it six months after his first transplant and if he can do it when he's like that, I'm pretty sure I can," Ashley said.

The girls are part of Team Knighten, a group heading to Seattle next weekend to try and climb 69 floors. It will take more than 1300 steps.

Dream Act making higher education reality for undocumented students

Dream Act making higher education reality for undocumented students

Washington is just one signature away from offering financial aid to undocumented college students after state legislature passed the controversial Dream Act.

It's a very emotional time for undocumented college students liked Elena Calderon, who's advocated for the dream act for the last four years. She says the legislature's action is a sign of hope and shows the state wants to invest in education.

"I was being carried by my dad because I was too little to walk, I was only three years old," Calderon said.

Twenty years later she still remembers the day she came to America from Mexico for a better life.

"I remember looking up, seeing the border patrol helicopter, and my mom right away got her rosary beads and started praying," she said.

The family didn't get caught and she grew up in Mattawa, working in the fields to pay for college since she wasn't able to get financial aid.

"That's like the first barrier to the education system, right away you tell yourself I don't belong here, I should go back to Mexico, but it would be going back to a country with a lot of violence," Calderon said.