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    Ranchers face loss of livestock, livelihoods in Washington fires

    DANVILLE, Wash. – The burned carcasses blend into the scorched landscape, just more black and ash among the haunting outline of trees. “There she is,” rancher Doug Grumbach says, pointing … 489

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    Spokane educators vote to go on strike

    Spokane Public Schools employees on Friday voted to strike just four days after school starts next week. But the Spokane Education Association, which represents the workers, has not abandoned negotiations. 459

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    WSU instructors under fire for trying to ban words — including “male” and “female” — from use in classes

    PULLMAN – Three Washington State University instructors are being accused of violating students’ First Amendment rights by banning terms like “illegal alien,” “male” and “female” in the classroom. 246

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    Spokane school year begins amid fears of teachers strike

    On Monday, Hy Yoeun dropped off her second-grader, Alex, at Bemiss Elementary. “He didn’t want the summer to be over,” Yoeun said. 222

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    GOP Sen. Rand Paul gives Spokane his presidential pitch

    Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul told a packed room of Spokane supporters on Wednesday he believes the GOP could capture Washington’s electoral votes in 2016, if they supported a candidate … 151

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    Spokane Public Schools employees vote to strike if agreement not reached in a week

    Employees of Spokane Public Schools have voted to go out on strike beginning Friday, Sept. 4, only days after the first day of school on Monday. 142

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    Whitworth soccer players suspended for wearing blackface

    A day after a social media post depicting soccer players wearing blackface at an informal event, Whitworth University suspsended the five players shown in the photograph. 116

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    European settlers renamed many Washington mountains, too

    If President Barack Obama starts a trend to change the name of a mountain back to the one used by a region’s original inhabitants, there’s plenty of possibilities in Washington … 114

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    Sides upbeat on Spokane teacher talks

    Spokane Public Schools administrators and the union representing teachers and other employees are optimistic about reaching a contract agreement and averting a possible labor action. The current contract between the … 107

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    Smart Bombs: GOP needs extreme makeover

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul popped into the Inland Northwest last week and delivered his basic stump speech on freedom and liberty. I was hoping he’d explain the difference, but alas. … 98

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    Witnesses dispute report in fatal shooting by Stevens County deputy

    A man killed last week in Hunters, Washington, by a Stevens County deputy was shot in the back of the neck as he walked away after a struggle, according to … 84

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    Court: Public officials’ texts are public records

    A public employee’s work-related text messages are public records, even when they are sent and received on a private cellphone are public records, the state Supreme Court ruled today. 83

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    McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse criticize Inslee on carbon efforts

    OLYMPIA – Two Republican members of Congress from Eastern Washington think it’s great their Democratic governor is helping to boost foreign trade, but they want him to back off on … 82

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    Concerns over Spokane Police ombudsman candidate’s online comments raised at forum

      A community forum for police ombudsman finalists Thursday turned tense as community members questioned comments candidate Allen Huggins made online about riots in Baltimore and the Black Lives Matter movement. 77

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    Shawn Vestal: Better preparation for wildfires would help in fighting them

    As we welcome firefighters from Australia to help battle this year’s tragic, costly and historic wildfires, it’s worth asking ourselves whether we’re doing enough to protect our own state. State … 72

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    Ombudsman candidates tout their experience

    Police ombudsman commissioners say they have a tough choice selecting one of three men vying for the city’s independent police oversight job. Ombudsman commission chair Deb Conklin said several people … 70

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    Spokane weighs mandatory townhome fire sprinklers

    Dan Shier is a sprinkler evangelist, and for good reason. He’s been installing fire suppression systems in businesses for 43 years and is the lead designer for Inland Empire Fire … 65

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    Shawn Vestal: Police shouldn’t get say in their own oversight

    When the committee charged with picking the top candidates to be Spokane’s next ombudsman made a decision, they formalized it through a standard bit of Robert’s Rules of Order. A … 60

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    Whitworth apologizes after soccer players post blackface photo

    Whitworth University issued an apology on Facebook on Tuesday after a photo was posted showing five women’s soccer players wearing afro wigs – including four wearing blackface – in an … 53

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    As school year nears, Spokane teachers still need new contract

    Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger sent out an email Wednesday evening advising parents the district is still negotiating a contract with teachers as the first day of school approaches. … 52