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UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Trump stalks out on Democrats, demands end of investigations

President Donald Trump abruptly quit a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with them unless they drop their investigations in the aftermath …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

Mnuchin: Draft IRS memo doesn’t undermine rationale to block release of Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that a confidential IRS memo does not undermine the agency’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Texas motorcyclist dies in I-90 crash near Ritzville

A man from Texas hospitalized at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after a motorcycle crash on May 5 has died, the Washington State Patrol reported.


Decades after a divisive groundbreaking, the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse ‘building is wholly Spokane’

Built 52 years ago, and characteristic of midcentury modern architecture, the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse was recently deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.


Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets

As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.


100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Spokane movie wins praise by Variety; Nez Perce Tribe to be featured in Hollywood film

Variety reviewed the recently finished movie completed by a fledging Spokane movie company declared it “strong.”


Despite prediction of average wildfire season, officials urge residents to prepare and prevent

Eastern Washington and North Idaho are set up for what officials are calling an average wildfire season this year. Exactly how bad the fire season is this year depends on …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

Developer Harlan Douglass seeks to nullify plea deal for former assistant who stole jewelry, cash

One of Spokane County’s richest men is asking a judge to throw out a plea deal and order stiffer punishment for a former assistant accused of stealing jewelry, watches and …


Rogers High School students learned the hard way and now they’re off to college

As Principal Lori Wyborney looked on like a “proud, crying mom,” dozens of seniors filled the gymnasium at Rogers High School on Friday. The occasion was signing day for Rogers’ …


Downtown Partnership to change up Spokane Falls Boulevard raised beds

The Downtown Spokane Partnership will plant new varieties of flowers in raised beds on Spokane Falls Boulevard Thursday.


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UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

An escalating trade war with China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products but some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane joins nationwide rallies against fetal heartbeat bills

In front of more than 100 people on Tuesday, Cynthia Hamilton, Women’s March and Indivisible organizer, told the story of her abortion.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Governor proposes cuts to Idaho administrative rules

Gov. Brad Little is taking public comments on his plan to cut or simplify regulations in what he says are a third of all chapters in the state’s administrative rules …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Inslee shifts $175M from road projects to culverts

Gov. Jay Inslee adds $175 million to transportation spending on culverts to satisfy a federal court order.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Child abuse trial begins in case of Spokane baby who suffered bleeding on brain

Attorneys delivered differing accounts Tuesday about how a Spokane infant suffered bleeding on the brain in 2017 that will impair him for the rest of his life, including vision problems.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Human composting to be legal in Washington

Human composting to become legal next year.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Inslee ignores request to veto study of effects of possible Snake River dam breaching

Despite calls for veto, state operating budget has money to study effects of possible breaching of Snake River dams.


Second Harvest to distribute food donations Wednesday on South Hill

Second Harvest Food Bank is distributing free food to anyone in need on Wednesday afternoon.


Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men


Report: Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recalls

One out of six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6% in April

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% in April, driven mostly by a boost in construction jobs.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Some Democrats see Fox as a helpful link to voters

Increasingly, Fox News is the star of the Democratic race. After years of playing the culture wars, the cable news network has become a key flash point in the 2020 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

New Coke, from 1985, makes comeback with ‘Stranger Things’

New Coke is making a comeback as part of a Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Netflix drama “Stranger Things.”


Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

President Donald Trump’s open defiance of Congress sharpened calls from some Democrats to start impeachment proceedings


McDonald’s revamps its harassment policy

McDonald’s Corp., in the face of criticism for its handling of harassment complaints, says it is training workers to deal with the issue and is starting a hotline for victims.


Some Democrats see Fox as a helpful link to voters

In the gymnasium of Stevens High School, just before 7 p.m., Chris Wallace stepped onto the red-carpeted, Fox News-branded stage for his first-ever town hall. The host of “Fox News …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

The US put nuclear waste under a dome on a Pacific island. Now it’s cracking open.

At 6:45 a.m. on March 1, 1954, the blue sky stretching over the south Pacific Ocean was split open by an enormous red flash. Within seconds, a mushroom cloud towered …