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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House counsel isn’t a “RAT” like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russia …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Feds provide $7.5 million to Montana through coal program

The federal government is providing up to $7.5 million to help reclaim abandoned coal mines in Montana.


Utah’s tenacious efforts to take back federal land stand out

In an American West that has a love-hate relationship with the federal government’s ownership of a checkerboard of parks, monuments, forest and desert in states from Washington to New Mexico, …


Senate versus House tax plans: A comparison

Here’s a rundown of the Senate’s newly-passed bill as compared to the House of Representatives’ plan, which was passed in November.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:44 p.m.

Deadline near for tribal members to claim settlement money

American Indian tribal members and their descendants have until Nov. 27 to ask for their share of the remainder of $3.4 billion in settlement money awarded to Native Americans after …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

As new affordable housing complex opens, advocates see threat from future tax overhaul

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit is the federal government’s primary vehicle for encouraging private development of affordable housing. And it’s in jeopardy.


U.S. government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

U.S. government officials have rejected Montana’s request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation’s top firefighting priority.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Microsoft, Trump administration clash over email searches

Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. But U.S.-based Microsoft kept the emails on a server …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

GOP sticks with a president they say is ‘new at this’

Almost as striking as James B. Comey’s testimony Thursday was the eagerness of many Republicans to stand with President Donald Trump, dismissing his private behavior as rookie mistakes of a …


Advocate of abstinence-only sex education gets high Health and Human Services post

A prominent leader of the abstinence-only sex education movement has been appointed to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joining several other social conservative …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Field trip or ploy? Judge briefly bars Muslim kids’ visit

Some Islamic school students in New York City got a surprise civics lesson when a judge briefly barred them from a public courtroom, saying she suspected their presence was a …


Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials

Oregon state lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would shield the names, birthdates and other identifying information of marijuana users from being accessed by federal drug agents …


Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises settles government-overbilling lawsuit for $5 million

Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises Inc. will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company siphoned millions of dollars from the federal government by overbilling or billing for services …


Government offers list of holiday apps

It’s not the federal government’s role to send you apps as entertaining as ladies dancing or lords a-leaping.


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Spokane Tribe celebrate week of major announcements

A weeklong cultural celebration at Spokane Tribe schools in Wellpinit took special significance Thursday, as U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined members in heralding targeted federal investment and a new …


Residents mixed on proposed smoking ban in public housing

The federal government’s proposal Thursday to ban smoking inside and out of public housing nationwide got a mixed reaction from the people most affected.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 9:44 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell told to prepare for next year’s wildfire season

The time to start preparing for next year’s wildfire season is now, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Maria Cantwell were told Wednesday. Forecasters predict a warm winter, which means …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015, 2:32 p.m.

Murray: No shutdown but budget fight continues

Budget fight in Congress is far from over, Murray says.


McMorris Rodgers, at town hall, says Planned Parenthood investigation needed

The embattled Planned Parenthood organization should answer questions prompted by videos discussing sales of fetal tissue, or face defunding, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a crowd assembled for her …


Feds accuse Valley company Monaco Enterprises of overbilling military

Federal prosecutors accuse a Spokane Valley manufacturer of systematically overbilling the U.S. military, potentially involving hundreds of contracts spanning more than five years. The allegations against Monaco Enterprises were first …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2013, 3:21 p.m.

WIC program funded through end of the month

Emergency funds will provide for the funding of the low-income nutrition assistance program in Washington and Idaho through the end of October, should the federal government shutdown continue.


Washington, Idaho lawmakers blame shutdown on opposing party

The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained split on who to blame for the federal government shutdown, set to enter its third day today. Republicans in the House of Representatives, including …


Fed officials approve horse slaughterhouse in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials have granted a southeastern New Mexico company’s request to open a horse slaughterhouse, adding Friday that they plan to grant similar permits to operations in …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2012, 7:56 a.m.

Mortgage abuse settlement will direct $750 million to Northwest homeowners

U.S. states have reached a $25 billion deal with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst. Federal and state officials announced the …


Federal money fueling projects across the region

Justin Koogler’s personal stimulus came in the form of $300 for textbooks at North Idaho College. A returning Iraq war veteran, Koogler was having trouble covering the expenses of going …


Downtown Spokane post office marks 100 years

The U.S. post office building in downtown Spokane opened on Oct. 4, 1909, at the height of the city’s explosive population growth in the early 20th century. The architectural jewel …


Mileage tax gaining favor in Congress

WASHINGTON – Despite opposition from the White House, a proposal to tax motorists on the number of miles they drive each year is gathering speed on Capitol Hill. Its popularity …


Federal aid to reach schools in weeks

WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan Saturday announced that nearly $44 billion in federal stimulus aid to schools will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days …


Babbitt Independent Counsel Picked Former Federal Prosecutor Will Investigate Indian Casino Issue

A three-judge federal panel Thursday named Carol Elder Bruce, a white-collar defense lawyer and former veteran federal prosecutor, as an independent counsel to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lied …