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Voters’ resounding approval of new sales taxes for mass transit puts Spokane on a route for better bus service.
Shell Puget Sound Refinery has terminated plans for a proposed oil-by-rail project at their refinery near Anacortes.
A new privacy proposal unveiled Thursday will require broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast to get your permission before sharing with advertisers what you’ve been doing on your phone or computer.
The United States is trying to broker an agreement between a host of nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean.
We could come up with a solution to fully funding basic education in Washington state: “A Modest Proposal for Preventing Children From Being a Burden to Wealthy Taxpayers.”
Voters in Liberty Lake have rejected plans for a new town center after the bond received only 56 percent of votes in favor – four percentage points lower than it needed to pass. Meanwhile, voters in Airway Heights look to be narrowly approving a $13 million proposed recreation center.
A few ballots remain to be counted, but here's a closer look at the vote on the STA tax proposal.
The proposed sales tax increase for the Spokane Transit Authority is doing well in the cities of Spokane, Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake, and at Fairchild Air Force Base. But it's getting hammered in much of the Valley and the unincorporated West Plains.
In the final years of Mike Webster’s life, the former Pittsburgh Steelers center shocked himself with a stun gun to sleep. Nicknamed “Iron Mike” for durability during 17 seasons in the NFL, Webster couldn’t hold down a job. He got lost on routine trips. The husband and father who loved John Wayne movies seemed to disintegrate into a haze of angry outbursts, depression and paranoia.
A pit stop, Pearl Jam and a proposal nearly derailed. This is the story of Jesse Kearney and Amanda Stout, a couple from Selah, Wash., who bought tickets to see their favorite band playing at the Spokane Arena on Saturday.
The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were counted Wednesday, and support for supermajority Proposition 2 increased, widening a close lead it had after Tuesday’s count.
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects to collect; the other adds some programs it may need to improve public schools, and would need some extra tax revenue. Neither her successor, Jay Inslee, nor the 2013 Legislature are obligated to follow either plan; on Tuesday they showed little interest in the proposed tax increases.
OLYMPIA -- In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels "simply unacceptable" and another she calls a balanced solution that includes new and extended taxes.
Shortly after practice ended Tuesday, Spokane Shock players gathered in the end zone as majority owner Brady Nelson detailed the Arena Football League’s latest proposal that he hopes will settle a labor dispute. Owners offered a seven-year agreement. If accepted, player pay would go from $400 per game this season to $500 in Week 16 (next week). Per-game salaries would be $825 in 2013, with an additional $25 each year to reach $975 in 2019. Players would pay for housing – it’s currently provided by teams – at a to-be-determined “average market rent.”