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Scenic ‘electric highway’ comes through Spokane

U.S. Highway 2 across the Washington Cascades from Everett to Spokane now has the distinction of being the first electric-vehicle-friendly scenic byway in all of America. Numerous charging stations are in place across the span of snow-capped mountains, raging rivers, deep gorges, quaint towns and miles of wheat.

Accuracy watch

Helen Paulsen was the daughter-in-law of Myrtle and August Paulsen. A story on page 22 of Sunday’s special section regarding Downtown Spokane reported inaccurate information due to a reporting error.

Consultant: Spokane needs 44 more police officers on patrol

Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl and City Council President Ben Stuckart (from left, at the announcement of Meidl’s appointment in September 2016) all received a briefing Monday on a consultant’s report calling for the hiring of 44 additional police officers to bolster patrol efforts. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department reviewed three years’ worth of data about how officers on the streets spend their time and said Monday the additional cops were needed to ensure the agency balanced its time between responding to calls and taking steps to suppress further crime.

Dusty wheat fields signal peak for glut

Adverse weather conditions have pushed benchmark futures in Chicago to their best start to a year in a decade. (Associated Press)
Dry, hot weather from the U.S. to Europe is taking its toll on crops, and the U.S. government is forecasting global output will fall for the first time in five seasons.

BMW announces $600M expansion at S.C. plant

BMW will invest $600 million in its Greer, South Carolina, plant, which it says is its largest worldwide. About 70 percent of BMWs made there are exported. (Associated Press)
CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement Monday coincides with the German automaker celebrating 25 years of manufacturing in Spartanburg County. The company also unveiled its newest BMW X3 sports-utility vehicle, which is built in Greer.

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