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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.

Whitman County prosecutor details reasons behind not prosecuting rape case

Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy stood by his office’s decision not to prosecute a former Washington State University fraternity member accused of second-degree rape during an interview this week with …

6th child in Puget Sound may have nervous system disorder

State and local health officials on Thursday said they are investigating a possible sixth case of a rare nervous system disorder that causes sudden limb paralysis in children.

Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in …

Independent women a key in outcome of Montana Senate race

A key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana’s high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 will stick with the president and …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Official: Searchers find body in hurricane-stricken town

Search and rescue teams have found a body in the Florida Panhandle town nearly wiped out by Hurricane Michael, and authorities said there is little doubt the death toll will …

Capital punishment in Spokane: A history

If newspaper archives are any indication, race has long played a role in the most lethal sentence the justice system can impose.

Death penalty ruling anguishes Spokane Valley mother who lost daughter in 1996 attacks

Sherry Shaver felt some solace on the day in 1997 when a jury recommended capital punishment for the man who killed her daughter in Spokane Valley. But the ensuing 20 …

100 years ago in Spokane: Health ordinance puts strict ban on public congregation

The number of Spanish flu cases rose to 300 in Spokane and even stricter measures were implemented. Even a “clairvoyance seance,” conducted by a local medium, was “rudely interrupted” by …

Social worker who served Yates’ victims supports end of death penalty

Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.

Shawn Vestal: It’s time to let the death penalty perish for good

The death penalty has had a long, troubled life in Washington, serving vengeance more than justice. It’s already on life support from a gubernatorial moratorium, and it’s time to let …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Rare disease that causes limb paralysis in infants hits Washington; no reported cases Spokane

A rare condition that afflicts infants with limb paralysis has appeared in six cases in Washington State recently, but none in Spokane County.

Rob Curley: In the face of hate, Spokane showed its strength

On the very day it was announced that Matthew Shepard’s ashes would be interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 years after his death, Westboro Baptist showed up in Spokane …

State officials watching Whitman County voter registration closely ahead of November midterms

The state’s director of elections says their agency is watching the county to ensure compliance with state laws, which don’t require specific documentation proving residency, just a sworn statement. A …

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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Bomb threat prompts lockdown at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow

Gritman Medical Center initiated a full lockdown of its South Main Street facility for about two hours Wednesday afternoon after an unidentified caller threatened to bomb the hospital, according to …

Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant writes she has year to live

Former “Top Chef” Fatima Ali says she has a year to live.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Source: Management shake-up at Alaska Air will bring layoffs

A management shake-up is underway at Alaska Air, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and regional carrier Horizon Air. One manager, who asked not to be identified, said the re-organization …

Spokane felon gets 20 years for illegal possession of firearm and drugs

A Spokane man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Colin Powell’s speech at Convention Center Friday sold-out

Colin Powell, who served as the 65th secretary of state under George W. Bush, will speak at the Spokane Convention Center on Saturday. The event is sold out, according to …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. Butch Otter said.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Kenyan humanitarian brings message of hope and help to Spokane

Kenyan woman Nereah Obura will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Partnering for Progress fundraiser.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Trump to visit Missoula, rally for Sen. Tester challenger Matt Rosendale this month

President Trump is expected to visit Missoula on Oct. 18 to rally support for a Republican candidate in a U.S. Senate race, according to news outlets in the area.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Idaho Independent Bank of Coeur d’Alene is selling to Montana company

Idaho Independent Bank of Coeur d’Alene will be purchased by the Montana holding company that recently bought Inland Northwest Bank.

Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

Facebook said it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with politically-tinged garbage links and clickbait just weeks ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Spokane Valley unveils new Myrna Park near Saltese Flats; namesake had deep roots in community

A section of land near Saltese Flats holds special memories for former Spokane Valley City Councilman Bill Gothmann, many of them of his late wife Myrna. The land is now …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Higher rates: Sign of economic strength or a risk? Try both

This week’s dizzying sell-offs in the financial markets have been a rude reminder that the U.S. economy is no longer relying on ultralow interest rates to fuel growth. Yet the …

German couple found dead; Mallorca flood deaths now 12

Spanish rescuers have found the bodies of a German couple who went missing after flash flooding on the island of Mallorca, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12. A young …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Citing technological mishap, state will again seek to delay hearing for Freeman shooting suspect Caleb Sharpe

By the time Spokane County decides whether alleged Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe should be tried as a juvenile or an adult, he’ll have spent at least 16 months and two …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Parent company of Advanced Input Systems slated for acquisition

Esterline Technologies Corp., which owns a Coeur d’Alene manufacturer, is being acquired for $4 billion by TransDigm Group Inc.