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Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Carmen Pacheco-Jones, right, talks with her clients, including Tiffany McCracken, right, and Tammara Shoulders, center, in a class called Essentials, where she teaches groups of women a variety of life skills, shown Tuesday at the YWCA in Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. Supporters say the measure eliminates a debilitating hurdle for those leaving jail and looking for employment, but some lawmakers and officials are wary about how the city law would co-exist with efforts currently underway in Olympia.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff accuses county commissioners of ‘childish displays’

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where food is stored, to discuss plans for placing guards around them. The commissioners, Charles R. Howard and W.H. McVay, told the sheriff to meet them at 8 a.m.

Spokane pot shop employee shot during armed robbery

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 12:23 a.m.

A pot shop in north Spokane was robbed Tuesday night and an employee was shot, according to police. (KHQ photo)
A Starbuds Cannabis employee was shot during an armed robbery Tuesday night, Spokane Police confirmed. The victim suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Missing man found dead in North Idaho

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

A missing 73-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night off Highway 3 near the Kootenai and Benewah County border, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Robert R. Westbrook, who was reported missing Thursday afternoon, apparently drove off the roadway and crashed his vehicle 50 feet down an embankment.

Omak murder suspect claims victim was a demon

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Jared Fudge is accused of killing an 82-year-old man in Omak with a machete and a sledgehammer. Police said Fudge believed that victim was a demon. (Wenatchee World)
Jared Fudge admitted to killing an 82-year-old man with a machete and a sledge hammer, according to police, claiming he believed the victim was a demon.

Volunteers pay it forward at Tom’s Turkey Drive

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

April Matney pulls her children Mylen, 3, Kyrah, 4, and their donated turkey dinner to their car at the Spokane Arena on Tuesday during Tom’s Turkey Drive. More than 7,500 turkeys with fixings were distributed to local families and people in need. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Aaron Brown grabbed box after box full of 12-pound turkeys, apples, bread, stuffing, canned goods and milk from a towering pallet. It was taller than him, and it was raining, but his smile was infectious and it was easily spreading.

Meals on Wheels gears up for Thanksgiving

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Fabrice Brucheu wheels a cart loaded with senior meals toward the freezer Monday at the Senior Meals center in East Spokane. The center is preparing to make its usual lunch meals for Thanksgiving Days Meals on Wheels delivery, which will include baked turkey. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels plans to serve more than 1,200 turkey dinners at its 12 Silver Cafe locations on Wednesday and through its home-based delivery program.

Police say woman used complex ruse to kidnap baby in Spokane

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:40 a.m.

Fern Littlecalf, in court Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, had bail set at $50,000. She’s charged with three counts of second-degree kidnapping. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)
Fern T. Littlecalf, jailed on three counts of second-degree kidnapping, had what police describe as an extensive network of fake names and aliases, all working together for one goal: to kidnap a 6-month-old child from his mother.

A wet, but warm Thanksgiving on the way

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

File - Rain and warmer weather is expected during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
More stormy weather is due over the Inland Northwest during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but forecasters said it should not cause any serious travel problems in the lowlands or in the mountains.

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