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Upset with Trump’s response, economic aide mulled quitting

President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser sharply denounced the president’s response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, saying in an interview that he felt “compelled” to speak out. Gary Cohn, who is Jewish, was so upset by Trump’s comments that he wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it.

White House scrambles to explain Trump’s response to clashes

President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand against groups that espouse racism and hate.

Spokane Valley considers historic preservation program

The City Council expressed interest Tuesday in learning how much it would cost to set up a historic preservation program or contract it out. Establishing a local program would allow property owners to take advantage of grants to pay for restoration work or special tax valuations to offset the costs of making improvements to a historic building, said Economic Development Coordinator Mike Basinger. “To date there has been little interest in historic preservation in our city,” he said.

Idaho landowners battle with state to get land compensation

Alan Johnson’s company lost 16.3 acres of prime property along U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho when the state seized it for a new interchange under eminent domain law. Now the developer stands to lose $1.1 million, which is how much the state paid an outside law firm to wrangle over reimbursement for the property.

City puts charter changes on ballot

City voters soon will have 11 choices to make about the future of municipal governing. The Spokane City Council decided Monday to place proposed changes to the City Charter on the Aug. 16 ballot.

Property at Freya, Alki to be condemned

Spokane City Council members last week approved a measure seeking condemnation of an industrial property in East Spokane as part of a plan to improve Freya Street and its connection to Broadway Avenue. It is one of two condemnation actions being taken in a single block bounded by Freya Street on the west and Alki Avenue on the south.