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Tame Impala announces Aug. 7 show at the Gorge

Tame Impala, the wildly popular Australian psychedelic-rock band led by Kevin Parker, has announced its North American tour schedule for next year, including an Aug. 7 show at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George. The band's late-summer show at the amphitheater overlooking the Columbia River is the last stop of the tour.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two prominent local Republicans announced they wouldn’t be running for mayor in a social media post last week and a long-time local TV anchor said she didn’t have immediate plans to run for office.

Election surprises aren’t over yet

Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.

Field to run for Parker’s seat

Ian Field, the recently resigned press secretary for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is running for the Legislature.

Editorial: Expand access to unused drugs

Legislation would allow individuals to donate unused but still therapeutic medications to pharmacies for redistribution to low-income patients.

State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding

OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the state $100,000 a day, the justices ruled. The court strongly suggested lawmakers return to the Capitol for a fourth special session, saying it would void the fines if that results in a plan for the remaining obstacles to meeting a constitutional mandate to treat public education as the state’s paramount duty.

Shawn Vestal: Washington state gas tax a tale of two votes

Today we have a tale of two votes – a Republican yes and a Republican no for a state package that will bring $1 billion in new transportation investments to Spokane and raise the gas tax by almost 12 cents a gallon. On one hand, Sen. Michael Baumgartner – whom the conventional wisdom pegs as a blunt and sometimes pugilistic battler – emerged from this year’s legislative session having worked alongside local Democrats to pull a lot of money to the dry side of the state, including the final funding for the North Spokane Corridor. Baumgartner took perhaps the toughest vote a Republican can take these days, voting yes on a tax, but he says the benefits for his district carried the day.

Spokane Tribe casino opponents take case to state

Opponents of a proposed Spokane Tribe project that includes a new casino on the West Plains started new attacks Tuesday to persuade Gov. Jay Inslee to block the plan, claiming it could threaten the future of nearby Fairchild Air Force Base. But Tribal Council Chairman Rudy Peone said such allegations have been raised for years, and have been “put to bed” by a series of studies and reports. Fairchild Air Force Base had plenty of opportunities to raise concerns about the project since it was first proposed in 2006, and did not do so when they had a chance in the Environmental Impact Statement.

House passes budget, Senate must try again

OLYMPIA – Both chambers of the Legislature debated budgets worth tens of billions of dollars over the next two years, arguing whether they were just directing spending or making statements about the future of the state and its values. House Democrats passed their $38.8 billion budget, which would need some new taxes to pay for all the programs and salaries it covers, on a 51-47 party line vote.

Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

Paid sick leave shot to the front of the Spokane City Council’s agenda this year, as council members vowed Tuesday to quickly pass a policy to provide workers the opportunity to earn hours reserved for unplanned emergencies or unforeseen health issues. Councilman Jon Snyder, who has worked for the past year with the Spokane Alliance to craft a citywide paid sick leave policy, called it a “popular, important bipartisan issue.” He said the council would immediately pass a resolution supporting citywide paid sick leave, and promised that a city law enforcing the proposal would be voted on by the council this summer.

House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school

OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key committee approved a bill to make that possible. Possible, but not mandatory, said some legislators.