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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane joins nationwide rallies against fetal heartbeat bills

In front of more than 100 people on Tuesday, Cynthia Hamilton, Women’s March and Indivisible organizer, told the story of her abortion.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Feds target robocalls on your phone

Officials are pointing to new federal regulations that they say will stop the proliferation of “spoofing,” where caller ID displays the wrong local information about the source of a phone …


How Washington state made its abortion laws Trump-proof

In 1991, activists rallied behind a law protecting abortion access in Washington. Their goal? To limit the reach of attacks on Roe v. Wade in an abortion-hostile political climate marked …


Camping, marijuana and drone use to be restricted under new rules for Spokane’s parks

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a suite of laws that will alter how the enforcement arm of the city’s Parks Department may respond to people staying …


Spokane ends time limits on campaign signs as part of code revisions

The changes also affect yard and garage sale signs, real estate signs, and prevents billboards from being moved into areas of town were lots of people walk.


Old laws in Rhode Island govern dueling, horses on highways

Archaic laws that are a holdover from a time when people fought in duels a la Alexander Hamilton and rode horses on highways would be struck from the books in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Hungary seeks to punish those who aid illegal migration

A new set of laws would tax and possibly sanction Hungarian groups assisting illegal migration which receive foreign funding, Hungary’s government said Wednesday.


Romanian judges say new laws will stymie prosecutions

Hundreds of Romanian judges and prosecutors protested around the country on Monday over planned modifications to the legal system they say will hamper prosecutions.


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. B&O tax bashed, Sept. 19, 1959


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

9th Circuit panel: Minors who enter U.S. illegally may not be confined without hearing

Minors who enter the U.S. without permission must be given a court hearing to determine whether they can be released, a federal appeals court panel decided unanimously Wednesday.


Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government’s ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process.


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Congressional spending compromise includes protection for Washington’s marijuana industry

Congress is scheduled to vote on a $1 trillion spending package this week that will keep in place a restriction on the Justice Department from using its share to go …


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

DHS chief Kelly slams Congress: ‘Shut up’ or change law

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly offered a strong defense Tuesday of the Trump administration’s actions falling under the department’s umbrella, challenging lawmakers who don’t like its enforcement actions to …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 10:57 a.m.

Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies

Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition

A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana …


AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the …


Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation

Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year.


Denver first city in U.S. to allow pot in bars, restaurants

Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana in bars, restaurants and other public spaces, such as art galleries or yoga studios.


Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week. It could be the tipping point.

Reform of marijuana laws won in eight of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace …


Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny

A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian casinos and union workers nationwide.


Pullman passes new pot laws

The Pullman City Council adopted new marijuana business regulations Tuesday night with hardly any discussion.


Roe v. Wade will be overturned if Trump wins, Pence says

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned if Donald Trump is elected president.


California gun control bills sent to governor

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic …


Cities must make roads safe for bicycles, appeals court rules

A Washington state appeals court has ruled cities must provide safe roadways for all traffic, including bicycles.


Judge: 14K cases possibly affected by tainted lab work

Nearly 15,000 drug cases might have been undermined after a forensic lab technician was accused of shoddy work, according to a New Jersey judge.


Supreme Court to decide whether tribal convictions count

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether tribal convictions for domestic violence can count as previous convictions under federal law if the defendant didn’t have …


Planners want to open Pullman to pot

The Pullman Planning Commission appeared to reach a consensus Wednesday night that the city should follow the state’s lead and make many more areas of the city open to marijuana …


Marijuana retailers ready to make move into Yakima if ban is reversed

The Yakima City Council will consider lifting its ban on marijuana businesses in May.


Cockfighting could be a felony in home of fighting Gamecocks

In a state where the flagship university’s mascot is a fighting gamecock, some legislators are trying to toughen the penalties for cockfighting, which is illegal in all 50 states.