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France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime

Google has been fined nearly $57 million by French regulators for violating Europe’s tough new data-privacy rules, marking the first major penalty brought against a U.S. tech giant since the …

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state …

Oil spill creates mess for Lewiston firm: Coleman Oil expected to pay more than $1 million in fines, costs related to contamination in Wenatchee

The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Coleman Oil of Lewiston $189,000 for an oil spill at its Wenatchee facility, and total fines and damages related to the incident are …

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during …

Arizona could face fines in lawsuit over prison health care

A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona’s prisons will hold hearings this week to determine whether to fine the state for falling short …

Senators want ‘massive’ fines for data breaches at Equifax and other credit reporting firms

Two senators on Wednesday proposed “massive and mandatory” fines for data breaches at Equifax Inc. and other credit reporting companies, starting at $100 for each consumer whose sensitive information is …

Trump says fines for Wells Fargo will not be dropped

President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be “substantially …

Central Oregon town backs off on downtown parking tickets

Officials in the central Oregon town of Bend say they’ll refund money to drivers fined for parking vehicles deemed too long for downtown angled parking spaces.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Manafort and Gates face decades in prison, millions in fines

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates face decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all …

Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines

A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

Google to comply with EU search demands to avoid more fines

Google will comply with Europe’s demands to change the way it runs its shopping search service, a rare instance of the internet giant bowing to regulatory pressure to avoid more …

UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017

U.S. fines American, Frontier and Delta over violation claims

Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to resolve government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders

Between the city’s 15 red-light cameras and two school-zone cameras, $2.8 million was collected in fines last year. That money will go to construction projects designed to slow traffic and …

Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines

The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.

City Council authorizes use of school zone camera money for cops, traffic calming

About half of the money expected to be collected from school zone speeders will continue to pay for neighborhood cops in 2018, following a 6 to 1 vote of the …

Spokane City Hall wants to use school-zone camera windfall to hire more police

Both Spokane Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council want four new neighborhood resource officers in next year’s budget to battle property crime. They say the only way to …

Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time, company says

Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama’s health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.

Spokane Valley may push property owners to shovel sidewalks

At last week’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, council member Dean Grafos brought up a perennial winter issue: Some property owners are not shoveling their sidewalks.

CenturyLink to pay $30K in fines for billing errors

CenturyLink will pay $31,300 after an investigation revealed it did not bill customers appropriately based on location and income dating back to 2010.

WSU considers fining student violators of conduct code

The Washington State University Board of Regents will consider assessing fines on students who violate the school’s code of conduct.

ITD fines increase for water violations

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur …

ITD agrees to more than $1M in EPA fines

The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur d’Alene, including …

Alarming statistics

In 2008 Spokane Valley Police responded to more than 1,000 false alarms, wasting valuable time in the process. With a new alarm ordinance in place, police are hoping to reduce …