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Her husband was arrested. In 2 weeks, she was dead. Would protection order have helped?

On Aug. 29, a magistrate judge declined a Canyon County prosecutor’s request to put a no-contact order in place between Philip Butler and his wife. Two weeks later, police believe …


Controversy heats up over removal of Lower Snake River dams as orcas suffer losses

Orca champions have joined forces with dam busters, bringing new energy to an old fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams.


Japan’s oldest winemaker readies for European grape onslaught

With the removal of tariffs on European wines as soon as next year, Kirin Holdings Co.’s wine-making unit is betting on Japanese grapes to weather the onslaught.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in U.S.

The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he …


Sheriff takes heat for post on his Facebook page

Nez Perce County Sheriff Joe Rodriguez apologized Saturday for a meme his wife posted to his Facebook page that mocked women who don’t immediately report sexual assault.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9 p.m.

The writing on the stalls: Students paint messages of hope

Students at Crossroads High School want their classmates to find hope in an unexpected place.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

An ideal niche product for baseball fans who want to put their heads together

He doesn’t make bobbleheads. He makes display cases that you put your bobbleheads in.Talk about a niche business.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

As Senate hearing set for Brett Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as …


The Dirt: Buildings’ demolition clears way for Larry H. Miller dealership parking lots

More than two full city blocks in the city core are being remade for the creation of parking lots for a large downtown auto dealership, according to permits issued by …


How to respond to racist robocalls from North Idaho: Accordion-playing clowns, says Virginia man

Justin Beights has sought a permit to stage a whimsical, extremely annoying demonstration outside the Sandpoint-area home rented by Scott D. Rhodes – a man who appears to be responsible …


Eye on Boise: Paulette Jordan campaign chief’s resignation: Was it over PAC, or on-job friction?

Paulette Jordan’s campaign released a photo Thursday of its then-campaign manager, Michael Rosenow, posing with Jordan’s opponent in the race for governor, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at a Little …


Will adding a sour kick get millennials to eat raisins?

Sun-Maid Raisins is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the United States. But even the company’s iconic red bonnet-wearing farm girl hasn’t been enough to keep this century-old …


Maria Cantwell seeking fourth term in U.S. Senate in race against Susan Hutchison

Republican challenger Susan Hutchison has a tough assignment in a campaign against three-term incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell.


Week Ahead

Saturday Veteran Resource and Job Fair - Representatives from local veteran organizations, community organizations, the Spokane Vet Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide resources and employment opportunities …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Battling hate, one conversation at a time

GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.


Motley Fool: Made-to-order growth

Moves suggest McDonald’s recent growth may continue.


BBB Tip of the Week: New law makes credit freezes, thaws easier and free

Identity theft can happen to anyone, but consumers have a new free tool to help protect themselves against scammers who would steal their financial information.


Tom Kelly: Empty house on the market may cost more to insure

Because a primary residence was unoccupied, vacant and headed for sale, its insurance premium had jumped to nearly eight times the normal rate.


Blocking robocalls – even racist ones – is a giant, complicated challenge, experts say

Billions of robocalls are sent each month, but a tiny fraction of them have attracted extra scrutiny. In recent months, an estimated 10,000 robocalls in at least five states have …


Spin Control: Wrapup from the primary: Recount challenges and the biggest loser

Recount of key precincts showed no changes. Now candidates may challenge the process.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sash company turns production to war work

The White Pine Sash Co. of Spokane announced that it would be devoting itself entirely to war work.


Semis, the last bastion of stick shifts, are going automated

The strictly manual transmission is disappearing from the cabs of semitrailer trucks – and the strong economy is one reason why. In its place is a manual transmission with a …


Nationally renowned crossword puzzle creator David Steinberg gives shout out to area with special offering

David Steinberg was only 14 and just finishing Lakeside Middle School in Seattle when his first crossword was published by The New York Times, making him the then second-youngest constructor …


Rob Curley: Never mess up the crossword puzzles, a wise editor once said

Never mess up the crossword puzzles, a wise editor once said. Boy was he right.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Wind snaps limbs and wires, killing 1 and hurting others at crowded Tri-City events

Wind wreaked havoc at two festivals in the Tri-Cities on Saturday, killing a woman and sending at least two others to the hospital and hurting several others.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Fish, facepainting and Ford replicas delight Valleyfest-goers on Saturday

Hundreds flocked to this year’s Valleyfest on Saturday at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center and Maribeau Point Park in Spokane Valley.


Analysis: ‘Dark money’ claims in McMorris Rodgers, Brown debate oversimplify complicated campaign finance laws

The candidates both claimed the other was benefitting from campaign contributions that aren’t traceable. The issue has become heated in a race that has attracted outside attention from leadership groups …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a “provisional agreement” over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Graduates of Deaconess Hospital’s nursing school gather one last time to remember bygone era of medical education

Though the school shuttered in 1980, many of its graduates remain in the health care field. Dozens showed up Saturday at the hospital one last time to say farewell to …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Four injured after military vehicle drives over small cliff in Kittitas County

A military vehicle that fell 25 feet down a cliff led to four people being hospitalized near Interstate 90 in Kittitas County early Saturday morning.