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Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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News >  Idaho
Oct. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
The Idaho State Police did not release the name of the man driving the truck or the woman, who was taken to Kootenai Health for treatment after the incident just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 18, 2019, 2:47 p.m.
Neither prosecutors nor the defense team for 19-year-old Ryan B. Lee would comment Friday on the terms of a plea deal.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
Members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, who’ve been meeting in the downtown library since it opened in 1994, said they were surprised when asked to reduce their collection of materials by thousands of volumes. The library is seeking a more streamlined, Spokane-focused offering of genealogy and history resources when the remodeled library opens in 2022.

News >  Idaho
Oct. 17, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Ward, who played Scut Farkus in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” is in Coeur d’Alene for the Lake City Comicon on Saturday.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 17, 2019, 5 a.m.
A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board and fire district races decided. Also included are a dozen advisory votes on state tax and fee increases.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 15, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing Spokane’s population living on the streets at a Pints and Politics debate downtown Tuesday.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 11, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 400 block of East Kiernan Avenue shortly after 6:40 p.m. No injuries were reported.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 10, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
The Army lieutenant colonel, a G Prep alumnus from the class of 1997, steered clear of the controversy surrounding her talk, instead taking students on a visual journey following her through space and urging them to not fall victim to their insecurities.

Oct. 9, 2019, 5:13 p.m.
The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday alleges officials deprived Maria Del Rayo Mendoza Garcia of her civil rights when they held her in custody for nearly two days after she’d been ordered released by a criminal judge. That detention allowed time for federal immigration agents to question Garcia about her legal status in the jail.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 8, 2019, 5:49 p.m.
Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. The contract with a Seattle law firm to pursue legal action follows a request by the City Council for city attorneys to take another look at joining in the wake of one of the manufacturers announcing a multibillion dollar settlement.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in Washington and Colorado after those two states decriminalized marijuana in 2012 and opened legal stores two years later. The authors caution that the data has some limitations, but it is the first study of its kind to look at data and try to draw comparisons that lawmakers and public safety officials have been arguing about for years.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.
The Spokane City Council is expected to approve a contract with a Seattle-based law firm that has brought multiple lawsuits against the manufacturers of opioid painkillers. The city’s legal department had previously advised against joining class action lawsuits.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.
The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better Spokane, a pro-business nonprofit that is headed by City Council candidate Michael Cathcart.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 5, 2019, 12:29 p.m.
Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.

News >  Idaho
Oct. 5, 2019, 5 a.m.
Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only write-in candidates to head a government that has seen turmoil in the past few years tied to charges of intimidation and a defamation lawsuit tied to a Wi-Fi network name.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 4, 2019, 5:12 p.m.
Appearing publicly in Spokane for the second time in as many days, the associate editor of the Washington Post said the lessons of Watergate in the Trump presidency are not partisan. They’re about an aggressive pursuit of the truth, which is key not only to journalism but also the country in the midst of a political fight that could include impeachment.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 3, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Bob Woodward told a large crowd that journalists need to work harder to verify information before reporting it and that Trump’s actions have not yet reached the lengths of Watergate, though they are inching closer every day.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 2, 2019, 2:29 p.m.
The board of the nonprofit community radio station says the decision was tied to its current financial crunch, which they hope will be relieved by new partnerships and grant dollars next year. Flores founded the station out of the Community Building on the east edge of downtown, and it has been broadcasting since October 2003.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 25, 2019, 4:59 p.m.
The congresswoman said she supported the bill because of its limited scope, and potential to reduce crime by allowing state-approved marijuana firms from conducting business solely with cash.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.
The hearing follows an online webinar in late August, in which the agency laid out its rationale for revisiting a cap on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, allowable in wastewater. The agency is accepting public comments through Oct. 7 on the proposed revision to the rule.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 24, 2019, 2:37 p.m.
Statements from area politicians set up what will likely be a clear ideological divide in the process on Capitol Hill.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
For the past two decades, Paula Bulkley has been racking up hundreds of hours of volunteer service at Shriner’s Hospital on the South Hill. The only thing that cuts into her time at the hospital is working to make Christmas magic happen for needy children as part of the Fantasy Flight program, which she’s also worked at for more than 20 years.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 20, 2019, 3:58 p.m.
Hundreds of supporters marched through the streets of downtown Spokane Friday afternoon, joining dozens of similar events nationwide and across the world sparked by a young climate activist in Sweden.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 16, 2019, 12:32 p.m.
The complaint filed Friday alleges Stratton violated several portions of the city’s ethical code prohibiting city officials from using public resources to further their own financial interests. The councilwoman said the timing of the complaint, after a letter she wrote last summer had been shared publicly in conservative circles online, indicates it is politically motivated and that she hasn’t benefited financially from the action.

Sept. 13, 2019, 3:22 p.m.
A man shot in an apparently random road rage incident Thursday afternoon near Nine Mile Falls punched the shooter in the face and threatened him before the trigger was pulled, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.