Inslee responds to transportation leader’s ouster

Inslee responds to transportation leader's ouster
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee denounces the rejection of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson by Senate Republicans as a “political hatchet job” during a press conference Monday. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)
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In his response to the state Senate's decision last week to essentially fire his transportation secretary, Gov. Jay Inslee had harsh words for Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville.

In the age of Twitter, reader boards still bring a smile
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In the age of Twitter, reader boards still bring a smile

Reader boards forced people to write short, pithy messages before Twitter was invented. Low-tech and made of thick plastic, they don’t show the temperature or how the stock market is doing, they just tell it like it is, and sometimes they make you chuckle.



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Loren and Stanley Toelle

Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago 

new A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a gastroenterologist for Kootenai Health, is charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to launder money in a case allegedly involving at least $1.3 million in drug proceeds since 2009.




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A guitar sits on the bed in the former bedroom of U.S. musician Jimi Hendrix at the central London flat he used to live in at 23 Brook Street, London.  The flat where Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969 opens to the public as a permanent exhibition on Wednesday. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
A guitar sits on the bed in the former bedroom of U.S. musician Jimi Hendrix at the central London flat he used to live in at 23 Brook Street, London. The flat where Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969 opens to the public as a permanent exhibition on Wednesday. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

Fans can have Hendrix experience at guitarist’s London home

new LONDON – When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera “Coronation Street.” The musician’s former apartment – in a London ...




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In this file photo taken Feb. 16, 2010, the town of Libby Mont., is shown. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
In this file photo taken Feb. 16, 2010, the town of Libby Mont., is shown. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos exposure.



Idaho

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador talks immigration reform at his Meridian, Idaho, office in 2013. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador talks immigration reform at his Meridian, Idaho, office in 2013. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Raul Labrador at forefront of gay marriage clash  

When the U.S. Supreme Court last summer gave same-sex couples the right to marry, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho said Congress should move quickly to protect the religious liberty of citizens who believe in traditional marriage.



Sports

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, shown here in a game against San Francisco last October, is retiring from the NFL. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Agent confirms Marshawn Lynch intends to retire  

SEATTLE – When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the foundation for ...




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Katie Palermo, 16, left, and her mother Joan Vander Linde at their home on Jan. 28, 2016 in LaGrange, Ill. Katie saved part of her ovarian tissue before leukemia treatment, in hopes that eventually it can be used to start a family. (Antonio Perez / TNS)
Katie Palermo, 16, left, and her mother Joan Vander Linde at their home on Jan. 28, 2016 in LaGrange, Ill. Katie saved part of her ovarian tissue before leukemia treatment, in hopes that eventually it can be used to start a family. (Antonio Perez / TNS)

Kids preserve fertility while fighting cancer 

new CHICAGO – It seemed like the flu. Three years ago, Tim Brown’s 3-year-old granddaughter Evelyn had an upset stomach and a fever. Symptoms persisted, as did her mother’s nagging sense that something was wrong. A blood test led to an ...



Outdoors

Recreation is open all year at Craters of the Moon. (Emily Jones / Associated Press)

Arco locals campaign for Idaho’s first national park  

ARCO, Idaho – The Shell station shut down recently. Same with the drive-through restaurant. Wells Fargo will close next month, and nearby storefronts sit mostly vacant. This steadily shrinking town of 900 undoubtedly has seen better days. Like so many ...



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Business

This image provided by Audi shows a scene from the company’s “The Commander” spot for Super Bowl 50. The ad features the new Audi R8 V10. (Audi / Associated Press)
This image provided by Audi shows a scene from the company’s “The Commander” spot for Super Bowl 50. The ad features the new Audi R8 V10. (Audi / Associated Press)

Audi tearjerker, ‘Puppymonkeybaby’ among Super Bowl winners 

With 30-second Super Bowl ads costing up to $5 million, it’s a huge gamble to advertise. As the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, there were winners and losers off the field, too. Here are the advertisers whose gamble paid off, and those who dropped the ball.



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Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Editorial

‘Seattle quarantine’ bill offers chance to weigh uniformity 

Washington cities have been a rambunctious lot the last few years, setting minimum-wage levels and family-leave policies more liberal than those set by the state. Spokane joined the movement last month with a safe and sick leave ordinance enacted by the City Council over the veto of Mayor David Condon.

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