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Voters will decide if Spokane should fine coal, oil shipments

An oil train burns near the Oregon town of Mosier after derailing Friday, June 3, 2016. 

Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of uncovered coal or untreated crude oil a civil infraction, and also restrict such shipments within 2,000 feet of schools, hospitals and the Spokane River.

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