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    Teachers begin walkout to protest Legislature’s failure to increase school funding

    Spokane and East Valley teachers began their one-day walkout Wednesday morning to protest the Washington Legislature’s failure to meet a state Supreme Court demand to increase school funding. 180

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    Shawn Vestal: Teachers union president explains walkout in Q-and-A

    Today, 3,000 members of the Spokane Education Association will walk off the job in an effort to send a message to the Legislature that it needs to step up to … 145

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    Spokane, East Valley teachers staging walkout today

    West Valley School District teachers will not join today’s walkout staged by teachers in Spokane Public Schools and the East Valley School District. Last week teachers in several local school … 55

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    MacArthur Foundation grant will reduce jail crowding

    Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging … 44

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    Sheriff warns bikers against hurling volleyballs at police cars

      A protest group’s plans to toss volleyballs in front of police cars to draw attention to what it considers a law enforcement coverup in the death of a Spokane Valley … 43

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    Witness: Robbery attempt preceded fatal shooting

    The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man shot and killed at 3400 N. Monroe St. shortly after midnight Tuesday as 17-year-old Ceasar Medina. He was shot in the chest and … 17

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    GOP wants state union negotiations to be open to public

    OLYMPIA – Contract negotiations between the state and its employees’ unions should be open to the public and legislators, Senate Republicans insisted Tuesday. With two days left in the special … 15

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    Activists afloat attempted to stop nuclear submarine

    The protesters were ready for a watery rendezvous with the huge vessel coming to the Northwest. They would take their boats out into Puget Sound and, like many Davids confronting … 11

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    Editorial: Washington farmers will profit from hemp crops

    If George Washington were farming today, he would be busted. One of the crops our first president grew on his Virginia estate was hemp, which was widely cultivated for its … 8

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    Gunman sought in fatal Spokane shooting

    Spokane police are looking for the person who shot and killed a man at a North Monroe Street head shop Tuesday morning. Authorities arrived at Northwest Accessories, 3400 N. Monroe … 6

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    Idaho to spend $400K to bring renovated Capitol into compliance with ADA

    Five years after completing a three-year, $120 million renovation of its state capitol, Idaho is preparing to spend another $400,000 to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with … 6

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    Bottler’s bid for Oregon town’s water spawns clash

    SAN FRANCISCO – Nestle SA’s plan to bottle Oregon’s spring water is stoking a fight with lawmakers and environmental activists who say a corporation shouldn’t be allowed to profit from … 5

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    Man who assaulted woman with hatchet sentenced to time served

    A Spokane man who assaulted a woman with a hatchet after dragging her into a garage and demanding sex in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday and will soon be released. 5

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    Avista solar energy project will go with lottery system

    Avista Utilities will harness the sun for power generation through a community solar project in Spokane Valley. More than 1,500 solar panels will be installed this summer at the intersection … 4

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    Fire south of Deer Park leaves 3 dead

    Three people were found dead Tuesday in a fire that consumed part of a Deer Park-area house owned by a lieutenant in the Spokane Fire Department. Fire officials were unable … 3

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    Seattle pot dispensaries face closure

    SEATTLE – With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries. Murray on Tuesday announced plans to … 3

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    Taco Bell, Pizza Hut eliminating artificial ingredients

    NEW YORK – Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients … 3

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    Ethiopian royalty

    Almaz Ainuu isn’t one for measurements. She’s more of an eyeballer and taste-tester, doing things in the kitchen by look and flavor. It’s how she learned to cook in Ethiopia. … 2

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    Deal reached to clean up sludge

    An agreement has been reached to clean up a radioactive basin on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, two federal agencies said Tuesday. The deal about the K West Basin was reached … 1

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    SeaTac’s passenger traffic booming

    TACOMA – Passenger traffic is booming at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that traffic could reach 42 million passengers this year, nearly 8 million higher than … 1