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Sue Lani Madsen: Initiatives – live grass or artificial turf

The grassroots origin of the 1912 initiative and referendum process has been invaded by noxious weeds.

100 years ago: ‘Spectacular’ Pend Oreille cave makes progress toward state park status

The first steps were taken toward turning a spectacular natural cave in northern Pend Oreille County, near Metaline, into a state park.

Idaho Prop 1 backers claim it boosts horse racing, but opponents say it mostly benefits private owners

Proponents of Proposition 1 in Idaho claim the initiative will revitalize the horse racing industry in the Gem State and support public schools. But opponents argue it mostly will authorize …

Spokane high school students leave hate out of politics project

The young people of Spokane talked politics this week, and they managed to do it without a trace of nastiness.

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Finance Jon Clift has joined Baird Private Wealth Management as a member of the Allen Group. He comes to Baird from Moss Adams, where he worked as a senior financial …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Mega Millions jackpot passes the $1 billion mark

Thousands tested their luck in the lotto Friday for the second highest jackpot in history.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Judge tosses NRA lawsuit over Seattle’s gun-storage law

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against Seattle’s new gun-storage law.

Saudis admit Khashoggi’s death; say they have dismissed senior official

Saudi Arabia on Friday officially acknowledged the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he died in an altercation inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and that 18 people had …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Ads from independent group urging Pakootas write-in called ‘stunningly misleading’

Independent group mails out ads asking voters in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District to write in a candidate who isn’t running.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Ephrata OKs yearlong ban on new cryptocurrency mining

EPHRATA – Ephrata joined the ranks of Grant County cities temporarily banning cryptocurrency development after the city council voted Wednesday to block new cryptocurrency operations for the next 12 months. …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

U.S. home sales fell in September to slowest pace in three years

U.S. home sales fell for the sixth straight month in September, a sign that housing has increasingly become a weak spot for the economy.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Roosevelt Elementary principal resigned after ‘swat’ to unruly kindergartner

Roosevelt Elementary School principal Laura Franks delivered a single spank to an unruly kindergarten student on the morning of Sept. 13. It led to her resignation the next day, according …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

Another shaky stock week closes

U.S. stocks gave up an early rally Friday and struggled to another mixed finish as investors continued sell former favorites like retailers. Household goods makers rose again as a week …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Foggy conditions cause flight diversions from Sea-Tac to Spokane

A blanket of fog over the Seattle area was blamed for multiple flights being diverted to the Spokane International Airport, causing delays Friday for local takeoffs.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

Woman dies from her own car rolling down a hill after she tried to park it

A woman died Friday after her vehicle, which she had attempted to park, rolled forward down a sloped driveway and pinned her to a fence.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene school evacuated when explosives were found nearby

Ramsey Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene was evacuated Friday afternoon after reports that a person brought a large amount of explosive material to the nearby Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

Ford chases ‘Breaking Bad’ swagger with Bryan Cranston ads

The automaker struggling with fading fortunes and a sinking stock is seeking to get its swagger back with a series of ads debuting this weekend featuring Bryan Cranston, the star …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

U.S. tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Facebook recruits EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Window washer who fell from downtown library had nearly 50 years experience cleaning Spokane’s tallest buildings

A window washer who died Wednesday after falling from the downtown Spokane Public Library was a business owner with decades of cleaning experience.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Trump revives fiery immigration talk for ‘caravan’ election

Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before …

Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

Syrian state media and a war monitor say airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on a town held by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded dozens.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

2 university students dead in accidental shooting, suicide

Two Central Washington University students have died in what police say was an accidental shooting followed by a suicide.

Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near some of the state’s top …

$215M settlement proposed in alleged USC gynecologist abuse

The University of Southern California on Friday announced a tentative agreement for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated …

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Russian woman charged with U.S. election interference

The U.S. accused a Russian woman Friday of conspiring in a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration …

20 men jailed for sex abuse of teenagers in northern England

Twenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen girls in a northern England town, in what a judge called a “vile and wicked” campaign of …