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    ID opposition condescending

    I cannot figure out why President Obama and most Democrats say voter identification laws discriminate against African-Americans. Such a low opinion if they think Black Americans are not capable of … 169

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    Spokane Valley asked to enforce gender-specific public restroom use

    Despite being sympathetic to concerns that cross-dressing men are using women’s public restrooms, Spokane Valley city leaders say state and federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit them from doing anything about it. 84

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    Land owned by all

    The Nevada rancher refusing to pay fees for grazing his cattle on federal land is a thief stealing from the American people. Federal land is owned by all citizens of … 52

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    Obama tours Oso mudslide area, praises rescuers

    OSO, Wash. – Standing beneath a banner proclaiming “Oso Strong” one month after the deadly landslide, President Barack Obama told the residents of the hard-hit Stillaguamish Valley that the nation … 47

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    Ponderosa pine named Spokane’s city tree

    The ponderosa pine is now Spokane’s official tree. The designation came Monday night from the City Council just in time for Earth Day, which was celebrated Tuesday across Spokane by … 42

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    Spokane County voters pass one library measure, not another

    Spokane Valley voters gave a mixed message to the Spokane County Library District on Tuesday, approving a measure to create a library capital facilities district but rejecting a bond measure … 38

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    Government creating one-stop job site for veterans

    WASHINGTON — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become … 27

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    Play fair on casino issue

    I read the two letters in the April 15 paper about the proposed casino that the Spokane Tribe wants to build. First, let’s get things straight about Fairchild Air Force … 24

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    California bill reignites affirmative action fight

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has … 23

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    In brief: City, county leaders agree to urban sprawl talks

    Spokane city and county leaders pledged Tuesday to work together to address urban growth and land-use issues. The first collaborative meeting is set for May 12 and comes after a … 16

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    New data released on health exchange enrollees

    SEATTLE — About 164,000 Washington residents have signed up for private health insurance through the state’s health care exchange, with the bulk of people enrolling in the final three months … 12

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    Boy recovered in police raid was threatened with a chain saw

    A 12-year-old boy found in a Spokane Valley home raided by police looking for stolen property Tuesday was reportedly hit, shoved, made to pick up dog feces with his bare … 11

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    Spokane Valley voters say no to library funding

    Spokane Valley voters gave mixed messages to the Spokane County Library District Tuesday, approving a measure to create a library capital facilities district but rejecting a bond measure to pay … 11

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    U.S. forces will join exercises in Baltics

    WASHINGTON – Six hundred U.S. troops are headed for Poland and the three Baltic countries for live-ammunition infantry exercises with armed forces from the four former Soviet-bloc nations. Adm. John … 9

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    Washington state finalizing health insurance plan rules

    OLYMPIA – Washington state will soon adopt new rules for next year’s medical insurance plans that some believe will improve patient coverage, but others contend will create significant problems for … 6

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    King County rejecting transit tax increases

    SEATTLE – Early election returns showed King County voters rejecting a proposed sales tax hike and increase in the car-tab fee to pay for roads and prevent cuts in Metro … 5

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    Jury convicts Arteaga of murder

    A Spokane jury convicted former scuba instructor Daniel Arteaga of murdering former girlfriend and understudy Kimberly Schmidt. 4

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    Health law’s contraceptive mandate has broad support

    Among the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, few are as controversial as the one requiring health insurance providers to include coverage for contraception. But a new survey finds … 4

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    Fish Lake upgrades key

    I am pleased the proposed $45 million park levy ($28 per year per $200,000 property) includes plans to enhance Fish Lake County Park, Fish Lake Trail and other neighborhood parks … 3

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    Collin McHugh strikes out 12 as Astros beat Seattle 5-2

    SEATTLE – Collin McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut, and Jason Castro, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 … 3