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    Washington House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12

    OLYMPIA – Washington would raise the minimum wage for most workers to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday after a spirited partisan … 265

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    Gun rights protesters plan rally outside Foley courthouse Friday

    Protesters plan a rally Friday morning in front of the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane, where a man was arrested for possessing an AK-47 on courthouse grounds … 230

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    Seven Idaho senators skip Hindu prayer

    BOISE – Seven Idaho senators remained outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered the chamber’s first Hindu invocation, then took their seats immediately after … 174

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    Shawn Vestal: NAACP leader confronts hate with confidence

    Spokane police are investigating a package of racist, threatening literature sent last week to the head of Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP. The incident has left Rachel Dolezal, the new … 169

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    Avista’s top executive earns $5.5 million in 2014

    Avista Corp. paid its top executive about $5.5 million in total compensation last year. Scott Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of the Spokane-based utility, earned about 90 percent more … 166

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    Gas tax increase passes Washington Senate

    OLYMPIA – A controversial package of higher taxes and fees which would raise gasoline taxes by 11.7 cents over three years passed the Senate Monday on a 27-22 vote. By … 152

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    Fewer lanes mean more safety, officials say

    Jim Hanley, co-owner of The Tin Roof, admits he was skeptical about the idea of reducing East Sprague Avenue in front of his business from four lanes to two with … 137

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    WSU study: Scare tactics aimed at vaccine skeptics may backfire

    SEATTLE – As measles outbreaks in the U.S. continue to grow, new research from Washington State University finds that scare tactics aimed at vaccine skeptics may actually make the problem … 126

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    Woman sleeping by road under blankets and cardboard hit by truck, dies

    A woman died Tuesday after a city wastewater truck ran over her while she was sleeping on the side of the road. Spokane police said in a news release that … 122

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    Speed limit boost for I-90 stretch gains traction

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s speed limit could rise to 75 mph under proposals being considered by the Legislature. One bill to raise highway speed limits was fast-tracked through a House committee … 110

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    Seven Idaho senators stay away during Hindu prayer

    Seven senators remained outside the Idaho Senate chamber this morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered today’s opening invocation, a Hindu prayer, then took their seats immediately after it was … 94

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    Shawn Vestal: Christianity already well-protected in Idaho

    Hooray for the Kootenai County Republicans, who this week rejected a resolution to “formally and specifically” declare Idaho a Christian state. The resolution declared that Christianity is under assault across … 90

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    North Idaho senator objects to Hindu prayer

    A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning, and says he’ll walk out. Sen. Steve Vick, … 88

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    U.S. clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department won’t prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted … 84

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    Avista chairman earned nearly $5.5 million last year

    Compensation for Avista Corp.’s top executive nearly doubled last year, as a result of bonuses and increases in pension values. Scott Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of the Spokane-based … 72

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    Doug Clark: Mayor Condon will need magic to break one-term curse

    David Condon caught absolutely nobody by surprise this week by announcing his intent to become the first two-term Spokane mayor since the Lord made cabinets with his stepdad. As a … 66

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    New state rule on apple maggot puts Spokane yard waste recycling at risk

    An emergency rule issued last month by the Washington state Agriculture Department to protect the state’s $2 billion apple industry has threatened to derail Spokane’s curbside yard waste recycling program … 64

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    Spokane considering school zone cameras after study finds lots of speeders

    A couple of times each weekday, yellow lights flash along Spokane’s Northwest Boulevard near Finch Elementary, warning drivers to check their speed and watch for children. They usually go unnoticed. 58

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    ‘Partial victory’ for remaining Kettle Falls Five, as jurors acquit family of most charges

    In a courtroom that had been filled with whispers, soundless protests and spontaneous applause all week, the moments before jurors acquitted the three remaining members of the “Kettle Falls Five” … 52

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    Washington bill calls to adjust wolf plan

    OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts … 51