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    Wolf-hunting derby starts Friday in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A hunting derby with $1,000 each for whoever kills the most wolves and coyotes is scheduled to start at sunrise Friday in east-central Idaho. 405

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    9 mm gun that toddler used to shoot mom was in purse’s holster

    The gun that a toddler used to shoot his mother at Wal-Mart Tuesday was in the zippered pocket of a purse designed to hold a concealed weapon, the woman’s father-in-law … 403

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    City Council disrupted by rowdy crowd

    After numerous, ultimately unsuccessful attempts to quiet the packed Spokane City Council chambers, Council President Ben Stuckart gaveled the meeting to an early close and stormed from the chambers Monday … 306

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    Free speech, sensitivity clash in media outlets

    It’s not news that free speech can offend. But in the wake of the recent killings by Islamist extremists at a satirical magazine in Paris, editors around the world have … 291

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    Spokane City Council passes law prohibiting blocking driveway traffic

    A proposed city law about driveways turned into a full-throated debate on abortion Monday night at Spokane City Hall. As 62 people spoke about an ordinance that added 11 words … 287

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    Jan Quintrall’s staff lunch expenses surprise City Council members

    Days after the dismissal of Spokane’s city planning director for what was described as a misuse of city funds, Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Developer Services Division, … 258

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    New NAACP leaders bring growth, fresh approach

    On move-in day, the new office for Spokane’s NAACP was humming with activity. Two young men in the corner of the room had a wide-ranging conversation about everything from Seahawks … 237

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    Pro-law enforcement rally draws 100 outside Spokane courthouse

    No one said “Je suis Ahmed” or mentioned the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, but the 100 people who gathered in the cold air and orange lamplight near the Spokane …

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    Editorial: We need to track the impact of gun laws

    Last Tuesday, a 2-year-old boy reached into his mother’s purse, unzipped the special gun pouch and triggered another debate about firearms. The sheer horror of this event is difficult to … 219

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    Gun toddler used to shoot mom was in purse’s holster

    Veronica Rutledge grew up around guns in North Idaho and retained her interest in them as a wife and young mother. She was a hunter and a recreational shooter who … 217

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    Restaurant’s ‘Shorty Can’t Breathe Either’ evokes racial comparison

    Annie Pennington started waiting tables as a teenager, and remembers serving Delbert Belton, a friend of her father’s. Belton, a World War II veteran, was beaten to death in August … 210

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    Shea tells gun rights activists I-594 not law

    OLYMPIA — Rep. Matt Shea told gun-rights activists today voter-approved background checks on private sales violate state and federal constitutions and aren’t law. “An unconstitutional law is no law at … 201

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    Inslee urges new taxes in state of the state address

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday repeated calls for some new taxes, including one on carbon pollution to secure “a birthright to a healthy Washington.” Republican leaders countered that … 191

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    Toddler shoots, kills mother in North Idaho Wal-Mart

    A nuclear research scientist died Tuesday after her 2-year-old son pulled a loaded pistol from her purse and shot her while she was shopping at the Wal-Mart store in Hayden. … 190

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    French police identify suspects in shooting at newspaper office

    Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France’s … 181

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    Planning commissioners reconsider Mead apartment complex

    County commissioners will reconsider a decision to deny parts of a controversial apartment complex from being built in the overcrowded Mead School District and near a neighborhood that vehemently opposes … 164

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    FBI contact unwarranted, environmental activists say

    Helen Yost found the text message unsettling. “I need to speak with you,” it said. “Please give me a call. I am an FBI agent.” 153

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    Obama brings pitch for his ideas to red-state Idaho

    In his first visit as president to Idaho, President Barack Obama told a cheering crowd at Boise State University today, “There’s not a liberal America or a conservative America, but … 148

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    AAA: Average price of gallon of gasoline in Washington $2.37

    BELLEVUE — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $2.37. That’s down 10 cents in a week and 53 cents in … 145

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    Glut of legal pot has growers struggling

    SEATTLE – Washington’s legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. … 144