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Rebecca White rebeccawh@spokesman.com (509) 459-5039

Rebecca White joined The Spokesman-Review in 2018. A 2018 graduate of Washington State University, she currently works as a reporter covering Spokane county and Spokane Valley government and schools.


Most Recent Stories

Nov. 22, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
A driver was shot and killed after a brief chase with Spokane County Sheriff's deputies Sunday evening, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. 

Nov. 21, 2020, 4:40 p.m.
The panel of criminal justice experts behind the 2013 Blueprint for Reform gave the region mixed reviews in a status update report competed earlier this month, saying the county still has a problematic number of felony filings, has transparency issues and the region needs to commit to alternative programs such as a community corrections center and fully-funding pre-trial services. 

News >  Religion
Nov. 19, 2020, 5 a.m.
After spending a significant portion of the year closed, the FāVS Center will be open for faith and religion based activities after the organization received a grant to purchase the technology and supplies needed to open.

Nov. 18, 2020, 4 a.m.
With the coronavirus relief measures Congress passed in March set to expire at the end of the year, Republicans and Democrats are still at loggerheads over a new stimulus package while Americans are on the verge of losing a critical safety net just as COVID-19 numbers swell across the country.

News >  Business
Nov. 16, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Restaurants, hotels and event venues now have until Wednesday to apply for COVID-19 aid grants to help pay for elevated costs caused by the pandemic.

Nov. 9, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
Five men were arrested over the weekend in connection to the death of a 19-year-old Newport man who disappeared at the end of September.

Nov. 8, 2020, 1:09 p.m.
Though this election may not break the county's or state records, both locally and statewide the election surpassed turnout in 2016.

Nov. 3, 2020, 4 a.m.
Thousands flocked to Spokane County's two Voter Service Centers to register to vote or to replace a lost or damage ballot. Many had never voted before and said this election made them realize they need to get involved.

Nov. 3, 2020, 4 a.m.
As candidates opportunities to meet voters shrunk over the pandemic, both debate venues and candidates themselves got creative to find ways to still connect with voters during the pandemic. 

News >  Spokane
Oct. 31, 2020, 3:30 a.m.
Here's a look at how the board works and what that could mean for Dr. Bob Lutz – and the county.

Oct. 30, 2020, 8:37 a.m.
Lutz was told he had to resign on Friday or face termination. But he didn't submit his resignation, setting up decision for Spokane's health board. The reasoning behind the attempt to oust him is unclear.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 29, 2020, 4 a.m.
The Spokane County Library District is seeking a volunteer to join the board that oversees the library's policies and budget. Anyone in the libraries service area, which includes the entire county except Liberty Lake and the City of Spokane, is eligible.

Oct. 28, 2020, 5 p.m.
The Spokane County Auditor and the Acting Postmaster for Spokane urged voters in both Washington and Idaho to get their ballots in as soon as possible. Voters can leave their ballots in a drop box by 8 p.m. on election day or mail them through the post office, but must have their ballots postmarked by election day for them to be counted. 

Oct. 27, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
Spokane County plans to not fill vacant Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputy and deputy training positions next year in hopes of reducing an $11.6 million budget deficit. 

Oct. 27, 2020, 3:30 a.m.
Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible. 

Oct. 25, 2020, 4 a.m.
At least two council members say they won't vote for Spokane Valley's 2021 budget, saying the city council needs to find a sustainable way for the city to maintain its streets. Over the past five years revenue sources the city has traditionally depended on have waned and the city has had too find other sources, such as rollover revenue from economic boom years. 

Oct. 23, 2020, 10:31 a.m.
A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured Friday morning in a crash on Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley that snarled traffic as a snowstorm began to move into the region.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 23, 2020, 10:14 a.m.
Spokane was pummeled with a record-breaking 6.2 inches of snow Friday – the most to fall in the city during October – leading to slick roads and thousands of residents without power.

Oct. 22, 2020, 4 a.m.
This Saturday there will be 50 Lime Scooters available across Spokane Valley. The number of scooters available throughout the city may fluctuate as the weather changes and more scooters will be available in the spring. 

Oct. 21, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted to enter a licensing agreement with a company that’s linked to multiple Amazon projects to redo a portion of Garland Avenue.

Oct. 21, 2020, 1:26 p.m.
An employee at the Kootenai County Elections office tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday during the first week of early voting. Two other employees who were in closed proximity to that employee are also isolating at home.

Oct. 20, 2020, 3:30 a.m.
As the 2020 election nears, many who have never displayed their political affiliation are now putting out signs, or donating to campaigns. Others who have displayed signs in the past are going all out this year, sometimes to the annoyance of their neighbors.

Oct. 19, 2020, 4 a.m.
Three golfers hope to reopen the Painted Hills driving range this spring after a brief false start this winter. The driving range has been closed for around seven years and the public will be able to use the driving range until Painted Hills is developed. 

Oct. 14, 2020, 3 a.m.
Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she's expecting record turnout and a surge of last minute registration and urged voters to update their information and cast their ballots as soon as possible.

Oct. 13, 2020, 10:50 a.m.
Spokane County's preliminary budget was released Tuesday and the county is facing an estimated $11 million shortfall, which they hope to address with early retirements, cutting costs and potentially dipping into reserves.