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Firefighter suspended over religious emails

A Spokane Valley firefighter says he'll continue using his government email account to send religious-oriented messages to fellow firefighters despite being suspended for two days and ordered to stop.

Fire Capt. Jon Sprague contends that he has a constitutional right to use taxpayer-provided resources to invite co-workers to a Christian fellowship group he founded. The Spokane Valley Fire Department's board of commissioners said that could be viewed as insubordination.

Spokesman-Review reporter Nina Culver explores the continuing conflict in today's edition of the Valley Voice.

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