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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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North Spokane Walmart evacuated after reports of suspicious substance

A Walmart in north Spokane was closed for several hours Sunday after employees discovered what they described as “white powder” on money passed over the counter. Reports of the substance prompted a response from emergency personnel and an evacuation of the building.

Chlorine gas leak sickens workers

An accidental release of chlorine gas Wednesday morning from a cylinder at Pacific Steel and Recycling in east Spokane sickened more than a dozen people there and at a nearby city building, police and fire officials said. Eight of those people were hospitalized in critical condition, according to Spokane Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. By late Wednesday afternoon, it appeared that only three remained in critical condition, according to hospital representatives.

Leaking truck forces long I-90 shutdown

A tanker truck leaking a hazardous chemical shut down Interstate 90 near the Washington-Idaho state line for hours Sunday and released fumes that sickened two police officers and prompted officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors. A 6-mile stretch of I-90 from Liberty Lake to Post Falls was closed before 2 p.m. and remained deserted into the night. Officials also closed the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River and later shut down East Appleway Avenue, a detour route, as fumes from the truck spread in that direction. All freeway traffic then was diverted to East Wellesley Avenue to the north.

Deputies arrest man after body found in toxic liquid

A homicide investigation turned into a hazardous materials scene in Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday morning as a woman’s body was found in a tub of toxic liquid. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Jason Hart at his home where the body, believed to be that of his girlfriend, was found.

Paint truck crash causes downtown haz-mat situation

The top of a paint company truck crashed into the bottom of an overpass this morning, spilling about 25 gallons of paint and closing part of South Stevens Street in downtown Spokane.

Gas leak repaired near BNSF Railway center

A backhoe operator severed a one-inch natural gas line today next to the BNSF Railway operations center, but the line was repaired without evacuation of workers in nearby buildings, fire officials said.