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State agrees to penitentiary improvements for inmates with mental health needs

Department of Corrections will spend $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the rights of inmates with mental health needs at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:47 a.m.

100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Grains top production of Spokane region

The products of the Inland Empire in 1919 were projected to total $250 million, said the Spokane Chamber of Commerce.

‘The Sound of Music’ aces tests of collaboration, technical performance

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music,” which opened Friday night, offers a prime opportunity to revisit this well-loved production on a local stage.

No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square

Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without …

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Russia launches major new telescope after decades of delays

Russia’s space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.

Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

Violent clashes have broken out after several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous …

Court order blocking contraception exemptions upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives. The three-judge …

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Trump says he will not impose uranium quotas

President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America’s use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns

Islamic extremist attack on Somali hotel leaves 26 dead

Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali …

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Parade celebrates rodeo weekend in Cheney

People lined First Street in downtown Cheney Saturday for the parade that is part of this weekend’s 52nd annual Cheney Rodeo.

Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch linked to investigation

Billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded New Mexico ranch has become tied to an investigation opened by the state attorney general’s office

Police: Man dies after attacking immigration prison

Authorities say an armed man armed threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened …

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

The stalled campaign by government forces and their Russian allies to retake Syria’s Idlib province from jihadi rebels has stalled out after two months of hard fighting

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Weakened Barry rolls into Louisiana, drenches Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Barry is dumping heavy rain along the Gulf Coast, but so far New Orleans has been spared the worst of it.

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

States are buying ‘new’ election systems that will soon be running outdated software that makes it more vulnerable to hacking

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Spokane Valley deputies arrest man who allegedly shot ground near arguing couple’s feet

Deputies say the suspect fired the gun at the victim’s feet and that she was struck with debris from the shot hitting the ground.

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Two Eastern Washington football players seriously injured in downtown shooting

Two Eastern Washington football players were shot early Saturday in downtown Spokane’s central bar district, at the intersection of West Main Avenue and North Division Street.

100 years ago in Spokane: Hutton Settlement praised for top-notch facilities

Louise M. Sergeant wrote an editorial essay extolling one of the most highly anticipated endeavors in the region: the Hutton Settlement orphanage east of Spokane.

UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019, 7:59 a.m.

‘A Fine Line:’ Successful women in culinary industry find common ground in their struggles

Joanna James, Mareya Ibrahim and Anita Lo spoke before an audience at the Bing Crosby Theater on Saturday after a screening of “A Fine Line,” an award-winning documentary about women …

UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

State suspends license of long-term care home for children in Spokane

A local long-term care home for children with intensive medical needs closed on Monday, after the Department of Children, Youth and Families suspended its license.

$2.1M in work will expand, renovate East Central Community Center

More than $2.1 million in new construction and renovation is coming to the East Central Community Center in Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.

Hauser Lake man honored for a blemish-free half-century as a pilot, mechanic

Earl Hauser, a longtime Hauser Lake pilot, was honored with a pair of awards for 50 blemish-free years as an active pilot and an aircraft mechanic, a combination of experience …

Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

College football coaches top state salary list; governor is ranked 2,125

As usual, Mike Leach and Chris Petersen top the annual state employee salaries list.

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 11:48 p.m.

When you crave a calling, not a career: Anita Lo, Joanna James join other top female foodies at Crave

Some people have jobs. Others have careers. And then there are those who have callings. Having dinner with Joanna James, Mareya Ibrahim and Deborah Di Bernardo makes that point. Great …

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:19 p.m.

28 Idaho lawmakers oppose Boise State diversity programs

A group of 28 Idaho Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Boise State University criticizing the school’s efforts to aid underrepresented minority students because the lawmakers say the programs …

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

One hospitalized in shooting near Hillyard Skate Park on Friday evening

A shooting near the Hillyard Skateboard Park on Friday evening sent one to the hospital, according to KHQ. The victim, whose identity has not been released, remains in stable condition.

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

California authorities are beginning to clean up a massive oil spill that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a canyon

Congressman, celebs push for A$AP Rocky’s release from jail

Following an outcry from celebrities and a petition with half a million signatures, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is pushing for the release of A$AP Rocky in Sweden