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News >  Spokane

Incumbency helped in primary races

For some candidates, surviving Tuesday’s primary was a foregone conclusion. It was a top-two primary, and there were only two candidates in the race. That doesn’t mean the results are meaningless. Some suggest a tough campaign coming this fall, such as a House race in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District, where Republican Rep. John Ahern was leading Democratic challenger John Driscoll on Wednesday by just 57 votes.
News >  Spokane

Gregoire ekes out lead

Washington’s new primary system provided few surprises Tuesday, serving as a warm-up for a gubernatorial rematch between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi and some other expected matchups in the general election. Gregoire, the incumbent Democrat, took an early lead over Rossi as counties around the state reported their ballot counts. But she was polling just under 50 percent, and Rossi was trailing her by 3 percent or less throughout the night, as eight other would-be governors battled for electoral scraps.
News >  Spokane

State budget addresses children’s issues

Washington state lawmakers are negotiating a final budget for the next two years. Among the items being discussed: “ Childrens' Advocacy Centers: $1.4 million to start setting up child-friendly, one-stop centers for forensic exams and interviews of children, to avoid the stress of repeated investigations.

News >  Spokane

New study of WASL proposed

The debate over WASL took a familiar political twist this week. Instead of scrapping the high-stakes test as a graduation requirement, lawmakers are backing a plan that would establish a new study of why some students have difficulty passing it.
News >  Spokane

Over-the-top protests prompt legislation

Trying to restrict the bizarre antics of groups like the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., state Rep. Dan Roach has proposed House Bill 3293, banning protesters from demonstrating within 500 feet of a funeral. Violations would constitute disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. "I just want to make sure that families are able to mourn in peace," said Roach, R-Bonney Lake. "They've been through enough by losing a loved one."
News >  Spokane

McKenna leads Senn in AG race

In the tight race to be the state's top lawyer, King County Councilman Rob McKenna was leading late Tuesday night over controversial former insurance commissioner Deborah Senn. Neither side was conceding or claiming victory, but with the early precincts counted, McKenna was leading, 52 percent to 45 percent.
News >  Spokane

EWU electrical engineering degree approved

It wasn't the slam-dunk college officials had hoped for, but Eastern Washington University won approval Thursday to offer bachelor degrees in electrical engineering. Instead of starting the program on the high-demand West Side at North Seattle Community College as originally proposed, EWU must start in Cheney on a conditional approval.
News >  Spokane

EWU gets conditional approval for electrical engineering degree

It wasn't the slam-dunk college officials had hoped for, but Eastern Washington University won approval Thursday to offer bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering. Instead of starting the program on the high-demand West Side at North Seattle Community College as originally proposed, EWU must start in Cheney on a conditional approval.
News >  Business

Met defers more securities payments

The financial challenges facing Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co. Inc. deepened Monday as payments on more company securities were suspended, state officials took control of insurance subsidiaries, and the American Stock Exchange began the process of delisting its stock.
News >  Spokane

Snakes Sure Have Some Nerve WSU Researcher Studies Rattlers’ Special Abilities

A sign on the door asks "Are you feelin' lucky, punk?" Inside the warm, humid room are dozens of snakes, including pythons, spitting cobras and 20 rattlesnakes. When a visitor steps too close to the rattlers' glass tanks, they coil and begin rattling, making a sound like water gushing from a tap. "Those are some that we caught recently," explained Professor Ken Kardong. "They aren't acclimated yet."
News >  Nation/World

Slide Closes U.S. 95 Near Whitebird Crews Can’t Begin Work Until Sliding Stabilizes

Tons of rock and soil tumbled down across U.S. Highway 95 on Tuesday, choking off Idaho's main north-south route 13 miles south of Whitebird and stranding travelers heading home for Thanksgiving. Late Tuesday, state officials still weren't sure when the highway will be reopened. For now, they're recommending people take alternate routes through Washington, Oregon or Montana.
News >  Spokane

Football Fans Told To Be Defensive

Drivers on their way to today's Apple Cup game at Washington State University should be prepared for slick roads, state troopers and road crews say. "Leave early, drive very slow and allow plenty of following distance," advised Washington State Patrol Sgt. Greg Miller. Frost beside the road or "glazing" of the highway are signs of black ice, he said.
News >  Spokane

Decision To Delay Article Defended WSU Officials Says Months-Long Provost Search Was Imperiled

A Washington State University official on Monday defended his decision to delay a student newspaper article, saying the story could have scuttled the months-long search for a provost. "Responsible journalism says that you don't necessarily want to be the one that brings down a search for a provost on this campus," said Bob Hilliard, general manager of student publications at WSU.