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Rep. Matt Manweller says he won’t serve another term if elected

Rep. Matt Manweller will not serve another term in the state House, he said Monday.


Inspire Brands buys Sonic burger chain for $2.3 billion

Arby’s owner Inspire Brands is buying the Sonic drive-in hamburger chain.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Trump boasts of America’s might, draws headshakes at UN

President Donald Trump poured scorn on the “ideology of globalism” and heaped praise on his own administration’s achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

Mary Kay Letourneau interviewed with husband she was convicted of raping as a student

On Aug. 8, 1997, Mary Kay Letourneau plead guilty to rape of a child, Vili Fualaau, who is now her husband. The Fualaau family – including daughters 21-year-old Audrey and …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 8:12 a.m.

Downtown Spokane businesses may seek more lights and video cameras to fight crime

In an effort to curtail petty property crimes such as larceny, vandalism and loitering, the city’s Business Improvement District is asking downtown business owners whether they’re interested in installing more …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

Washington and Idaho lawmakers remain unchanged on Kavanaugh

Following another allegation of sexual impropriety against President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, members of Congress who represent the Inland Northwest haven’t budged on their respective positions.


Spokane Police Department could use drones in investigations

The Spokane Police Department could soon use drones to search for missing people and reconstruct crimes, if a resolution authorizing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles passes City Council next …


In 9th District, Schmick facing first Democratic opponent in a decade

For the first time in a decade, a Democrat is challenging state Rep. Joe Schmick for his seat representing southeastern Washington. Matthew Sutherland, a graduate student at Washington State University, …


For the restroom-wary among us, RVs can offer respite

Those who have road-tripped across the Inland Northwest know that public restrooms can make us wishful for an RV.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies

A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …


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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

Inland Northwest Blood Center undergoing name change to Vitalant

The Inland Northwest Blood Center announced Monday it’s undergoing a name change to Vitalant in a rebranding effort by parent company Blood Systems, Inc. to unite its 10 blood centers, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Global oil prices spike to four-year highs

Global oil prices on Monday topped $80 a barrel for the first time in four years as a confluence of world events, including the renewed sanctions against Iran, stifle global …


Apple, Salesforce teaming up on mobile apps for business

Customer relations software company Salesforce says it will join with Apple to create new business apps exclusively for iPhone and iPad.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Weight Watchers slims its name down to WW

Weight Watchers is its dropping its brand name in exchange for something slimmer: “WW.” The company says the new logo – coupled with the tagline “Wellness that Works” – puts …


Mandela’s widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

Nelson Mandela’s widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the “senseless violence” plaguing too …


Oregon moves to protect wine from false out-of-state labels

Oregon pinot noir is so popular that some winemakers elsewhere are making false links to the state’s viticultural areas for their own wines, and might be breaking the law, experts …


Beer’s bitter delight is tasted in the gut

Hoppy beers are famous as a driver of craft brewing. But the challenging taste of hops goes far beyond the palate. According to a new study from Scripps Research scientists, …


U.S., China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies

China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other’s goods Monday and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

Crews battled wildfires along I-90 on the West Plains

County fire crews are battling at least two brush fires along Interstate 90, near Medical Lake and Cheney.


Six Flags St. Louis offers perks for customer coffin time

Six contestants for a promotion at Six Flags St. Louis will compete for a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks, and all they have to do is spend 30 …


Murder of missionary student leads to new jail policy on reporting warrant information on suspects

A week after Saul Llamas Rios was sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing a Tieton missionary student, officials approved a new policy requiring the Yakima County jail to …


Sears’ CEO has come up with a last-minute plan to save it from bankruptcy

Sears could face bankruptcy if it doesn’t meet its next debt payment, due in the coming weeks. Now, the retailer’s chief executive has come up with a last-minute plan to …


Psychologist: Cosby a predator with uncontrollable urges

Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing opened Monday with a debate over whether the 81-year-old comedian should be declared a “sexually violent predator” – a scarlet letter that would make him subject …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 7:07 a.m.

Police arrest woman suspected of setting fire to her Spokane apartment

Two units in a historic apartment building near downtown Spokane were damaged by flames Monday morning. Police arrested a woman on suspicion of arson following the fire that neighbors say …


Gourmet marshmallow business turns into successful ‘second act’ for Idaho family

If you told Stacy Nelson five years ago that she’d be betting her future on a 1.5-inch cube of fluffy sugar and air, she’d have told you that you were …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

American Indian communities in Idaho awarded $1.8 million from Justice Department

Two American Indian tribes in Idaho on Wednesday were awarded $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Justice in grants to improve public safety in their communities.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning

It was just a tiny cabin, a single loft room in the woods with minimal electricity and no running water, but it represented Jenny and Jerry Drake’s values – how …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

Barrick buys Randgold to create world’s largest gold miner

Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources for $6.1 billion in stock to create the world’s largest gold miner, worth a combined $18 billion.