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VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.


Government says it will go after hoverboard makers, sellers

In a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this …


Hanford board says proposed cleanup deadline too extreme

The Hanford Advisory board says a proposed change in deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the reservation is too extreme.


Are your kids safe? Connected toy security could expose them to risks

Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure – not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read …


Sue Lani Madsen: Bicyclists, get smart and drop the urban camouflage

One of the reasons for a relatively high casualty rate among bicyclists involved in traffic accidents became apparent to me on a trip through downtown Spokane this fall – bicycle …


Guards in Spokane schools won’t be armed

A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.


City begins demolishing Under the Freeway skate park

A backhoe tore down the ramps and rails of Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park Monday morning, marking the end of the popular-yet-troubled skating destination near Lewis and Clark High …


Gonzaga students with guns placed on school probation

With the national media spotlight on them, two Gonzaga University roommates put on school probation for violating a weapons policy said they’ll appeal the sanction. Seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel …


Oregon Sen. Wyden wants Hanford whistle-blower answers

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday demanded to know why a Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistle-blower has lost his job. Walter Tamosaitis last week was laid off by URS Corp. after …


Hanford whistleblower says layoff was retribution

KENNEWICK – Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis was laid off last week after 44 years of employment with URS Corp., he said. Three years ago he lost his position as research …


Cooper Elementary to mark National Walk to School Day

On Wednesday morning, students from Cooper Elementary School will participate in National Walk to School Day. Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the lead agency for Safe Kids Spokane, has asked …


Drowning prevention group advocating for life jackets

The Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition, which includes several local rescue organizations and other agencies, is campaigning to encourage boaters and anyone else around water to wear a life jacket …


School security takes center stage

With classes back in session, districts throughout the region are thinking about how to make schools safer. At a gathering last week in an East Valley elementary school, parents had …


Mother worries about Ford safety recall

Auto manufacturers send out thousands of recall notices each year, but how many of them warn vehicle owners to park “outside away from structures to prevent a potential fire from …


Pedestrian island being installed at intersection near GU

One of the more dangerous pedestrian crossings next to Gonzaga University is getting a fix this summer in a cooperative arrangement between GU and the city of Spokane. A new …


Vestal: How a fun day can go downhill

After a long hiatus, I have returned to sledding. And I must say, I recommend it. It’s great fun. Go with a 3-year-old if you can.


Changes at shooting range aren’t enough, neighbors say

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Friday received its seventh grant from the National Rifle Association to continue safety improvements at the Farragut State Park shooting range, as …


Editorial: Safety, jobs referendum a bad path to good end

From its inception, Referendum 52 has suffered from severe identity crisis. The Legislature called it the “Jobs Bill” and claimed it would put people to work “in every corner of …


School bus cuts mean kids walk

Children in Everett will be walking up to a mile to get to school next year. The budget saving plan has some parents worried about traffic and safety.


Sheriff’s Office offers seasonal security tips

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like community members to have a fun summer and remember a few tips to keep your keepsakes safe from thieves and prowlers.


Raceway contract should be done next week

Officials expect to complete a contract next week for management of Spokane County Raceway Park, where racing is to begin May 22. County commissioners planned to appropriate $200,000 today for …


Toyota woes mount as government examines Prius

Toyota faced mounting pressure Thursday as the government opened a probe of brake problems with the Prius, a crown jewel of its lineup. The beleaguered automaker said it was “too …


Kids talking on cell phones more likely to get hit by car

We all know that people with cell phones stuck in their heads while driving are hazardous to everyone’s health. Now, psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have determined …


Mills gone, concerns are piling up

As the last sawmill on the Spokane River prepares to close, discussion is under way on how to remove the pilings no longer needed to corral and guide the logs …


Help your pet keep its cool

Now that summer temperatures have arrived, it’s a good time to think about some of the hazards our pets face in the hot weather and how to prevent them. Heat …


Remodeled Ewu Building Seen As Hazard Wrong Computer Cable Magnifies Fire Danger

An Eastern Washington University office building remodeled with $5.2 million in tax dollars received a historic preservation award last month as an example of “what can be done to give …


A Christian Stronghold East Central Church Is A Temple Of Peace And Devotion In A Neighborhood Wracked By Gang And Drug Violence

1. Children dance their praise during a Sunday service at the Zion Temple Church of God in Christ in the East Central neighborhood. From left are Terrynce and Tierra Duke, …


Pratt Area Speeders Mostly Parents, School Staff

Crossing guards stop traffic at Pratt Elementary, where speeders have been causing some concern. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Otis Orchards Rail Crossings Studied For Changes, Closure

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is studying eight railroad crossings in Otis Orchards, considering whether to erect crossing gates and signals or to close some of them. Last fall, …


Neighbors Taking Steps Against Criminal Activity Willamette Street Residents Fed Up With Crime

This summer was the last straw for residents along Willamette Street. The three blocks near Browne Mountain were the target of a bigger wave of vandalism, thefts and vehicle prowlings …