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Federal judge: Spokane’s handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s dismissal ‘a hot mess’

UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Hearing oral arguments in an appeal of the former police Chief Frank Straub’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the city on Friday, Judge Jay Bybee said officials bungled the dismissal that involved “all kinds of misdirection, and indirection.” Straub filed a $4 million tort claim against the city after his removal from office in September 2015.

Survey: East Sprague respondents support pedestrian bridge construction, fewer travel lanes

Property owners and business people on East Sprague Avenue agree: They want fewer lanes on the road. A recent city of Spokane survey found that owners on Sprague between Bernard and Scott streets want change when the road is remade next year. If city engineers heed the survey’s results, the stretch will look similar to the design of Sprague’s complete renovation about a mile east that opened in the fall.

Easing downtown Spokane building height caps could get second look from commission

The Spokane Plan Commission will consider at its June 13 meeting whether to reconsider its endorsement of a proposal that would lift building heights along Spokane Falls Boulevard near Riverfront Park. Parkgoers are worried about shadows being cast in key areas of the attraction’s redevelopment, while real estate interests and developers say current rules are stymieing development of two key lots downtown.

Kootenai County Commissioner Dist. 3 candidates speak on building codes, other issues

A crowded ballot for Kootenai County Commissioner District 3 shows some familiar names. In 2016, Bob Bingham edged Leslie Duncan in the last Kootenai County commissioner primary. Bingham earned 29.2 percent of the votes and Duncan earned 28.6 percent, a difference of 69 votes. Bingham then beat Russell McLain, who ran as an independent, in the 2016 general election for the commissioner seat.

Bullying concerns brought by Burke against Stuckart unfounded, city says

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

The city received concerns from newest City Councilwoman Kate Burke following a March meeting that featured an exchange with City Council President Ben Stuckart over the introduction of a letter to be signed by fellow lawmakers. No bullying was found to have occurred in that exchange, the city said Wednesday.