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    Shawn Vestal: Paid sick leave won’t kill Spokane businesses

    Would requiring paid sick leave for Spokane workers drive businesses to Idaho? Or is that just a herring that grows redder every year? 400

  2. 02
    Voting starts on Spokane teacher walkout

    Spokane teachers will start voting today on whether to stage a walkout May 27 as a statement to legislators about funding smaller class sizes and pay raises. An unofficial vote … 375

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    Ex-Muslim pastor stokes fear and controversy in Idaho

    After listening to Shahram Hadian speak for over an hour about Islam as a rising menace in America, Alton Howell stepped outside the log-built community hall in Sandpoint and quickly … 363

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    Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike

    Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of … 326

  5. 05
    STA transit sales tax increase fails

    Late returns counted Wednesday failed to give Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 ballot measure enough votes to overcome an election night deficit. With less than 1,000 votes remaining to be … 244

  6. 06
    Affordable housing for Spokane’s poor woefully scarce

    For every 100 of Spokane County’s poorest residents – those who earn 30 percent or less of the median family income – there are 12 affordable apartments for rent. But … 233

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    STA sales tax increase failing

    Spokane County voters on Tuesday were turning down a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to pay for improvements to public transit. But the measure still was too close to call, … 228

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    Spokane adopts new rules for short-term rentals

    Keith and Kendra Kelly describe their short-term rental listed on Airbnb as an “urban oasis.” Indeed it is. Their Spanish mission-style home at Indiana Avenue and Walnut Street often is … 203

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    Dog, mistaken for wolf, shot and killed by teenager in North Idaho

    A North Idaho man said his dog was shot on a Forest Service road last weekend by a teen who mistook the husky-malamute cross for a wolf. The dog later … 196

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    Late ballots fail to lift STA tax measure

      Late returns counted Wednesday failed to give a Spokane Transit Authority ballot measure enough votes to overcome an election night deficit of 863 votes. The Spokane County Auditor said that … 194

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    Spokane teachers vote to strike on May 27; officials cancel school

    Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to participate in a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest the Legislature not fully funding basic education. 186

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    Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge

    Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council … 157

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    Coeur d’Alene officer’s body camera captures shooting, aftermath

        Grieving family, friends and co-workers of a slain Coeur d’Alene police officer are preparing for his funeral Saturday, while new details emerged Wednesday about the early morning encounter that left … 156

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    Marshall Chesrown, bankrupt developer, faces new financial fights

    A trustee wants to recoup more than $2 million that bankrupted real estate developer Marshall Chesrown gave to family and friends as his fortunes were collapsing. The legal efforts, for … 153

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    City starts sidewalk, curb upgrades to increase transit access

    Transit riders in Spokane are going to benefit from a project this year to add sidewalks and handicapped-accessible curb ramps so they can get to their buses more easily. In … 152

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    Coeur d’Alene police officer in critical condition after early-morning shooting

    A Coeur d’Alene police officer is battling for his life after being shot in the line of duty early this morning. Sgt. Greg Moore, a 16-year veteran of the Coeur … 148

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    Judge rejects challenge to background checks for gun transfers

    SEATTLE – A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington state’s new law expanding background checks on gun transfers, saying gun rights activists couldn’t challenge … 144

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    Smart Bombs: Despite objections, Obamacare has worked

    The Affordable Care Act covers 1.6 million Floridians. Florida Health Choices covers 80. The latter was pushed through the Florida Legislature in 2008 by then-House Speaker Marco Rubio. He told … 136

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    Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area

    Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon … 132

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    Shawn Vestal: Stevens County group swears oaths of officials are improper

    They call themselves the People’s Oversight Committee – sometimes just “The People” – and they’re doing their darnedest to engineer a coup d’état in Stevens County. Using the style of … 128