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Official: Calls to VA suicide hotline rolling over because of poor work habits

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department …


Late actress Patty Duke’s home for sale in Coeur d’Alene

The home of Patty Duke, who died earlier this year, is for sale in Coeur d’Alene.


IRS commissioner faces GOP critics seeking his impeachment

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen spent nearly four hours Wednesday being verbally pummeled by the House conservatives who want to impeach him.


Mylan CEO defends EpiPen cost to angry lawmakers

Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its lifesaving EpiPens and the profits for a company with …


House moving toward showdown over impeaching IRS chief

The House is moving toward a showdown vote this month over whether to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. But with no chance the Senate would actually remove him from office, …


House panel subpoenas VA over Colorado hospital overruns, artwork

Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area …


Congress passes aviation bill to close airport security gaps

Congress passed an aviation bill Wednesday that attempts to close gaps in airport security and shorten screening lines, but leaves thornier issues unresolved.


Ryan suggests House won’t vote on Democrats’ gun-curb proposals

The House won’t vote on proposed Democratic gun curbs, Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Tuesday as the rekindled election-year clash over firearms showed no sign of resolution. Democrats said it was …


TSA chief: Help coming to address long airport lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday the beleaguered agency will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused …


House measure backs shippers on ballast water dumping; invasive species a concern

A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would …


House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals

The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing …


House GOP chairman seeks to censure IRS head

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has introduced a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.


GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to …


Trump concerns cut into House Republicans’ support

Anxiety over Donald Trump spread among congressional Republicans Monday, pushing several to follow House Speaker Paul Ryan’s lead and withhold their support from the divisive billionaire. Ryan himself declared there’s …


Arizona House approves bills targeting abortion

The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Thursday approved new restrictions on the use of a common abortion drug and sent the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey, whose signature would set off …


Idaho mulls Shariah law bill 1 year after high-profile vote

Amid growing concerns about Muslim immigration, state lawmakers Thursday advanced legislation prohibiting Shariah law or any other foreign statutes from influencing Idaho courts. But the bill’s future remains uncertain.


Senate effort to block food labeling of modified food stalls

The Senate, on a 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling of genetically modified …


Idaho budget writers approve $34.5M for wildfire suppression

Idaho budget writers are preparing for another hectic wildfire season by allocating $34.5 million to help cover the expected high costs of managing and suppressing flames across the state.


Washington state Senate passes charter school law fix

The Washington Senate has voted to pass a fix to the state charter school law that lawmakers hope will pull the alternative public schools out of constitutional trouble.


House backs bill to boost hunting, fishing on public lands

The House on Friday approved a bill to expand access to hunting and fishing areas on public lands, extend protections for the use of lead bullets in hunting and strip …


Editorial: Congress gets moving on transportation, bank

House passes long-overdue transportation package, with Ex-Im Bank hitching a ride.


Defense bill Ok’d by House still would hamper closing Guantanamo

The House overwhelmingly backed a $607 billion defense bill that would bar President Barack Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons, setting up a showdown with Congress over …


GOP approves budget deal

House Republicans embraced a new leader Wednesday and swiftly consented to a major budget-and-debt deal to avert a federal financial crisis, highlights of a day of dramatic fresh starts at …


Landmarks: Phelps House in Browne’s Addition had intriguing original owners

The historic Phelps House in Browne’s Addition has any number of remarkable elements that speak to its elegance and architectural stature. Perhaps its most important contributions to the culture of …


Hillyard house fire displaces 4 Thursday afternoon

Two adults and two children were displaced by a fire in the 2300 block of East Bruce Avenue on Thursday afternoon, the Spokane Fire Department said.


Firefighters douse West Central kitchen fire

A fire that broke out around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday caused $20,000 worth of damage to a home in West Central before it was extinguished, according to a news release.


Vestal: Futility source of pride in U.S. House

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has not distinguished herself as one who makes a lot of bold, off-the-cuff statements. Even as her profile rises, with convention speeches and appearances on the Sunday …


Senate rejects two balanced budget amendments

The Senate today voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end in its search for a way out of its fiscal …


House approves payroll tax cut extension, with strings attached

A payroll tax cut package engineered by House Speaker John A. Boehner was overwhelmingly approved by Republicans despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama, escalating a year-end showdown over …


‘House’ hits milestone – the 100th episode

Television is a brutal business. That’s why it’s often reason to celebrate when a show lasts even 10 episodes. It’s the rare series that can survive the ever-shifting interests of …