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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Crime reports fluctuate with stay-home orders, law enforcement efforts

In April, there was a 300% increase in commercial burglaries in Spokane County over the year prior. The next month there were only 12% more than the year prior, a significant change that Lt. Jay McNall attributes to the property crime task force created at the end of April. 

Statistics show illegal northern border crossings climbing, including Spokane sector

The number of people apprehended along the U.S. border with Canada is continuing to climb, according to newly released statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection which shows a 42 percent increase. The Spokane sector’s statistics are even more pronounced: Illegal crossings increased 66 percent from 2017 to 2018.

House member offices paid $342k in settlements over 4 years

Newly-released statistics show taxpayers paid more than $342,000 to settle workplace discrimination disputes at House lawmakers’ offices between 2008 and 2012, including nearly $175,000 for eight settlements related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination accusations.

Spokane economy gains jobs in key areas

Spokane’s unemployment rate was down and the number of jobs was up in May, the state reports. Among the bright spots is an increase in jobs held by workers in their early to mid 20s.

A look at chronic absenteeism across America

The problem of students habitually missing school varies widely from state to state, with about one-third of students in the nation’s capital absent 15 days or more in a single school year, according to an Associated Press analysis of government statistics.

CDC: Idaho leads nation in melanoma death rate

Idaho had the highest melanoma death rate nationally between 2001 and 2005, 26 percent higher than the national average with about 40 Idahoans dying of melanoma every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s skin cancer state statistics. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( skin/statistics/state.htm) show that in 2012, Idahoans developed melanoma at a rate of 26.9 per 100,000 each year.