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Kip Hill

Kip Hill

Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk covering City Hall, Congressional politics and the marijuana industry. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.
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SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019

News >  Spokane

Park Board approves cost increases for U.S. Pavilion, promenade in Riverfront Park

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now $23.6 million price tag for the project has been planned for and is not drawing funds from other projects in Riverfront Park’s redevelopment.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2019

TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2019

MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2019

FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019

THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019

News >  Spokane

Dog electrocuted in downtown Spokane in apparent ‘stray voltage’ incident outside bank

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears a resemblance to other pet injuries and deaths nationwide due to “stray voltage,” which can be caused by underground sidewalk heaters and the resulting pools of melting snow and ice.

TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2019

News >  Spokane

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for a physical barrier on the border with Mexico, and recent state-level action in Virginia and New York have brought the issue of abortion back to the forefront.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019

TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2019

News >  Spokane

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says U.S. ‘negotiating a surrender’

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

Ryan Crocker, a former top diplomat to the Bush and Obama administrations, said a proposed deal with the Taliban to remove U.S. forces from the country amounted to “basically negotiating a surrender.” But the talks could bring peace to a country that hasn’t experienced it in four decades dating back to Soviet occupation, others said.

News >  Spokane

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency and empower consumers. But the posted figures aren’t what a patient is likely to pay out of pocket and the system isn’t user-friendly, say advocates for patients, hospitals and insurance providers.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019

FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2019

TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2019

FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2019

THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019

News >  Spokane

Local farm offices to open briefly during shutdown

Three Eastern Washington offices of the Farm Service Agency will reopen Thursday, Friday and Tuesday to assist producers and ranchers with existing loans and tax preparation amid the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2019

News >  Spokane

Mike Leach, Michael Baumgartner tease football and war leadership course at Washington State University

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

The head football coach at WSU tweeted what appeared to be a fully realized syllabus Sunday night for the course, which he first teased in late November. Michael Baumgartner, the former state senator and current Spokane County treasurer, confirmed he’d been working with Leach on the course layout and believed the course would bring a fresh perspective to the study of nontraditional warfare, and how to counter it.