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  • Benton drops out of Senate race, backs Rossi

    Just a week after saying he was sticking in the U.S. Senate race, State Sen. Don Benton dropped out and endorsed the man he labeled the “establishment” candidate, Dino Rossi.


  • Rossi announces challenge to Sen. Murray

    Dino Rossi is best known for losing one of the closest governor’s races in U.S. history. Now Republicans hope he can ride a GOP tide and unseat Washington state’s powerful …


  • Town hall meetings set for Washington state budget

    OLYMPIA – With the state facing a possible shortfall of $2 billion in the next budget cycle, the governor’s office will hold town hall meetings around the state on the …


  • Poll gives Rossi good and bad news

    Washington voters are worried about the economy and unhappy with the jobs their elected leaders are doing, a new statewide survey says, and the U.S. Senate race on the November …


  • Rossi’s still mulling Senate

    SEATTLE – Dino Rossi tiptoed up to the starting line for a run for the U.S. Senate Friday evening, telling a crowd of fellow Republicans the nation was at a …


  • ‘Never say never’ Rossi is the talk of pundits and pollsters

    OLYMPIA – The favorite game among the political “experts” these days is Will Rossi Run? It’s sort of like Trivial Pursuit without the board, but the cognoscenti award themselves colored …


  • Funding promises Pend Oreille County Internet speed

    A $27.3 million federal economic stimulus grant promises cutting-edge fiber optic Internet service for southern Pend Oreille County, if officials accept it.


  • Engagement, civility still best way to bring change

    Political discourse has gotten raw, personal and sometimes frightening, so news that a bomb was discovered at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse wasn’t at all shocking. Nor were the …


  • Man accused of threatening Murray is released

    A man accused of threatening to kill Washington Sen. Patty Murray over her support of health care reform has been released from jail after posting a $20,000 bond.


  • Selah man charged with threatening Sen. Patty Murray

    A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform, leaving voicemail messages at her office saying she …


  • Democrats surprisingly uneasy about Murray

    OLYMPIA – Democrats may be paying Dino Rossi the ultimate compliment. He is not a candidate against Patty Murray – not yet, anyway, and possibly not ever – but they …


  • Pentagon extends Air Force tanker bid deadline

    The deadline for bids on a $35 billion contract for refueling jets will be extended by 60 days so the European maker of Airbus can compete, the Pentagon said Wednesday.


  • Ormsby chosen as U.S. attorney

    Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced that Ormsby, a partner at K & L Gates LLP …


  • Ormsby nominated for U.S. attorney post

    Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was formally nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced in a press release that Ormsby, a partner at …


  • Stimulus to spur work on corridor

    Spokane’s long-sought North Side freeway got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement of a $35 million federal economic stimulus grant to pay for a 3.7-mile extension of the southbound …


  • $35 million grant to extend North Spokane freeway

    A $35 million federal stimulus grant was announced this morning to extend work on a North Spokane freeway, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.


  • Fewer veteran suicides reported

    The number of suicides among veterans in the Spokane region dropped dramatically last year, according to newly released records. In response to a Spokesman-Review request for information, the Spokane Veterans …


  • Both sides praise emphasis on jobs, small businesses

    Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of …


  • Delegation finds some room for agreement on Obama speech

    Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of …


  • Stimulus paves the way

    For Spokane International Airport Director Neal Sealock, a Wednesday afternoon news conference showcased a rebuilt tarmac. For Sen. Patty Murray, “It was nice to be standing on some economic recovery …


  • Airport unveils asphalt, expects full-body scanners

    For Spokane International Airport Director Neal Sealock, a Wednesday afternoon news conference showcased a rebuilt tarmac. For Sen. Patty Murray, “It was nice to be standing on some economic recovery …


  • Washington, Idaho delegations back Obama’s strategy

    Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they …


  • Obama wins bipartisan support from local delegation

    Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they …


  • Obama signs law to OK Walla Walla VA renovation

    President Barack Obama has signed a law authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to build a new outpatient clinic at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla …


  • Air Force won’t consider WTO ruling in tanker bidding

    WASHINGTON — As it seeks new bids on a $35 billion contract to start replacing its fleet of aging aerial refueling tankers, the U.S. Air Force has decided against considering …


  • Tanker deal closer, general says

    The selection of a new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base. …


  • General says tanker contract should be finalized next year

    The selection of new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base.


  • Murray talk draws protesters

    Despite increasingly vocal opposition, health care reform likely will move forward this year, Sen. Patty Murray said Thursday after giving a speech in downtown Spokane.


  • Hanford gets new timeline

    RICHLAND – Washington state and federal officials announced a court-enforceable schedule Tuesday for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, ending more than two years of negotiations that followed …


  • WSU gives glimpse of nursing education facility

    Washington state doesn’t just need more nurses, it needs more nursing faculty. The Washington State University College of Nursing Building will provide more of both.

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