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Monday, January 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Washington voters get minimum wage initiative

An initiative which gives voters the chance to raise the minimum wage in Washington to $13.50 by 2020 and require most companies to offer some sick leave will be on the November ballot.

Initiative 1433 has enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot after a random check of petitions, the Secretary of State’s office said Friday.

Certification was expected after sponsors turned in petitions with nearly 100,000 signatures more than the minimum required. After the random check of more than 10,000 signatures, the state elections office said the rejection rate of 15 percent was slightly below the historic average and there was no need to check all signatures.

Sponsors of initiatives on gun safety, protecting seniors and vulnerable people from financial crimes, and campaign finance reforms also submitted signatures that will be checked in the coming weeks.

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Then and Now: Cohn Bros. Furniture

The name Cohn has been associated with the furniture business for more than 130 years. The extensive Russian Jewish clan, along with several other families, arrived in Oregon in the 1870s after a long trek by wagon and on foot from North Dakota. The Spokane store was founded by Harry, Hyman and Joseph Cohn in 1895.