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Tuesday, December 18, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane man faces drug charge after allegedly texting officer

A Spokane man allegedly sent a text offering to sell marijuana to a Lewiston police officer by accident and wound up with a felony charge.


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

How the death of voicemail is changing the way we connect

Although phone-message technology advanced steadily from cassette recorders attached to landlines to services offered by phone companies to cloud-based message storage for mobile devices, it’s now running up against a …


Crossing a Honolulu street? Don’t text to avoid a fine

Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect

Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law.


Spike in road fatalities sparks Washington state phone ban

Washington state lawmakers just took a big step to change that with a new law signed earlier this week by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans holding a phone or other …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to combat distracted driving

Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took …


Distracted driving law headed for overdue update

It’s like the seat-belt argument all over again: freedom vs. collective safety. But the price of tragedy is rarely confined to a single individual.


Distracted driving law needs an update

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has …


Distracted-driving law needs major update

Now drivers grab their smartphones and jump onto Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and other apps that weren’t around in 2007. None of these acts is illegal. Only talking and texting are …


Gov’t wants phone makers to lock out most apps for drivers

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.


Clark County text-to-911 program a success so far

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency reported that so far, the text-to-911 program has gone well.


North Idaho police use school bus to catch texting drivers

A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.


Girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide will face trial

A teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide …


AMC retreats from plan to allow texting in theaters

LOS ANGELES – Never mind, phone addicts. Following a public outcry, AMC Entertainment says it will not experiment after all with theaters that allow texting. “There will be no texting …


Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane

Legislators in Idaho and Washington could assist efforts to curb distracted driving by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law.


Warning sign memorializes Colfax man killed texting and driving

The only parts of Sam Thompson’s car that were recognizable after he drove head-on into a semi last year were the rear wheels and trunk. Everything else was nearly shredded. …


Spokane County drivers most likely to talk, text on road

Spokane County drivers are among the worst in Washington when it comes to using cellphones while driving. A study in 2013 showed that 14.5 percent of local drivers talked or …


Next-generation 911 will allow texting, with photos and videos to follow

You just snapped a picture of a car fleeing a collision with a bicyclist. Or maybe you’re watching a brush fire race up a hill toward some houses. With all …


Spokane Valley City Council bans members from texting in meetings

Don’t bother lobbying Spokane Valley City Council members by text message or email during meetings. The city Tuesday became one of the first in the state to ban council members …


Spokane Valley council bans texting by members during meetings

Don’t bother lobbying Spokane Valley City Council members by text message or email during meetings. The city Tuesday became one of the first in the state to ban council members …


Texting while walking puts teens at risk

It’s a typical afternoon scene at Lewis and Clark High School: Teenagers pour out of the doors as the final bell rings, stuff headphones in their ears, shoot off a …


Texting while driving common but hard to catch

Texting may be one of the most dangerous and common distractions to drivers, but local law enforcement officials say it’s also one of the most difficult laws to enforce. A …


Statewide crackdown catches drivers on phones

Spokane drivers continue to ignore cellphone laws despite the risk of a $101 ticket. State troopers and other officers cited 1,448 drivers in Washington May 20 through June 2. That’s …


Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers

WASHINGTON — Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous …


Men keep up with technology

These two Spokane men embraced technology to stay in better touch with family, friends and the greater world. They’re having a blast. Here’s why.


NYC boy, 16, is the fastest texter in America

NEW YORK — The reigning 16-year-old champion of cellphone texting has reclaimed the title of fastest texter in America.


Texting Idaho driver hits parked patrol car

Police say a 22-year-old eastern Idaho driver was looking at a text message on his phone when he hit a sheriff deputy’s parked patrol car.


Getting There: STA seeks U.S. funds to study Division line

Bus No. 25 on Division and Ruby streets carries a million passengers a year. It is among the top-performing lines for Spokane Transit Authority, with average daily loads of 3,400 …


Otter signs Idaho texting ban into law

Idaho has officially banned texting while driving, after three years of trying.


Idaho House OKs texting ban

BOISE – After years of debate, the Idaho House has passed a ban on texting while driving, voting 53-17 in favor of legislation proposed by Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene. …