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    What does freedom mean to you?

    People with a wide variety of beliefs and backgrounds came together in Riverfront Park on Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July. As they sat in the shade with their … 408

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    New Spokane NAACP president wants group to move forward

    When Spokane’s NAACP President Naima Quarles-Burnley talks about Rachel Dolezal, she cries. It’s not dramatic. Her soft voice doesn’t break. And the tears are barely visible. But she does cry. … 288

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    Speed cameras going up at three Spokane elementary schools

    After months of traffic counts and warnings to drivers passing through school zones, the Spokane City Council agreed to put automated cameras near three Spokane schools to nab speeders. By … 217

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    Shawn Vestal: Act against hate; Spokane deserves it

    If you think the NAACP is an important organization with a vital mission, now would be an excellent time to show it. If you think that the city’s ombudsman commission … 199

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    Police-issue AR-15 rifle stolen from off-duty officer’s personal vehicle

    One of the Spokane Police Department’s assault-style AR-15 rifles was stolen from an off-duty officer’s personal vehicle last month, and an investigation led to an arrest in the case. 80

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    State budget on hold as lawmakers debate suspending part of class-size initiative

    OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remained at odds Monday over a key bill designed to keep the recently approved $38.2 billion operating budget balanced. But the dispute, … 77

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    Spokane County lawsuit targets private garbage collections by Sunshine Disposal

    Garbage that should be delivered to the transfer stations owned by Spokane County is instead going to a privately owned facility in Spokane Valley, resulting in a loss of expected … 67

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    Shawn Vestal: Shoe craftsman embodies Spokane industry niche

    At the fringe of the yoga-soy block of hipness on West Main sits a small, dusty storefront where one man makes boots with his own thick, ink-stained hands. Cruz Albisu, … 66

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    West Side woman died of measles, officials say

    SEATTLE – Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring – the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health … 63

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    Avista trying new way to adjust for fixed costs

    Mild winters used to put a dent in Avista Corp.’s profits. With customers using less power to heat their homes and businesses, the utility’s revenues lagged. New billing practices are … 50

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    OxyContin ringleader gets 50-year prison sentence

    The ringleader of a drug trafficking operation that brought thousands of illicit painkillers from California to Spokane over several years was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month. 48

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    Washington state slashes college tuition

    The days of skyrocketing tuition at Washington’s public universities appear to be over. Unprecedented tuition cuts contained in the new state budget will lower the cost of attending the state’s … 47

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    Small dog park in works for Spokane Valley

    A pocket dog park is not just for small dogs. It’s a fully functioning dog park in a smaller space, and the city of Spokane Valley is planning on putting … 47

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    City to use utilities funds for street projects

    The city of Spokane owns about 45 percent of the property within its borders, including parks, plants, lots and government buildings. And more than half of the land it owns … 44

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    Waste management workers face high injury, fatality rates

    The truck lurched forward and stopped abruptly every few seconds, then rocked side to side as a mechanical arm slung bottles, cans and stacks of cardboard into a receptacle in … 44

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    Getting There: Bill would create plan for easing freight

    Washington’s two U.S. senators are spearheading legislation to drive more planning and funding to freight. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, are sponsoring a bill called the National … 42

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    Sheriff finds deputy violated policy in case tied to fatal Valley bicycle crash

    Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has determined that a deputy violated department policies last year by speeding through Spokane Valley without his lights or sirens activated and narrowly missing a teen … 41

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    Deputy in fatal bicycle incident violated policy, sheriff says

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has determined that a deputy violated department policies last year by speeding through Spokane Valley without his lights or siren activated, narrowly missing a teenage … 37

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    Deputy investigated for fatal bike crash will keep job

    The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who sped through Spokane Valley last year without his lights or sirens activated, narrowly missing a teenage bicyclist, was given a written reprimand for violating … 36

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    Amphibious invasion: Bullfrogs threaten native Northwest species

    Several years ago, Michael Lucid pulled to the side of the highway to watch hundreds of frogs hopping across the road. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist didn’t … 36