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UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Coronavirus wave puts 133,000 out of work last week in Washington

A tidal wave of unemployment from the COVID-19 outbreak washed across the state last week, adding more than 133,000 people to the state’s jobless rolls, Washington officials said Thursday.

Ask the doctors: Not everyone with lung cancer will get a cough

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 26, 2020.

UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Virus infections near 500,000 as health systems buckle

The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied …

UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

U.S. indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on narcoterror charges

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has indicted Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism.

Smaller communities prepare for onslaught of virus patients

The rampant infections in New York City have dominated much of the national conversation about the disease. But far from the coasts, smaller communities are also preparing for things to …

U.S. jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs jump

Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week – more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 – amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

Avon severs ties with longtime Spokane saleswoman who criticized company’s shifting business model

Jeannie Greene had planned to continue selling products to her customers for a few more weeks, until her stock of paper order forms ran out. Instead, the company severed ties …

Inland Northwest events, planting plans altered by pandemic, but home gardening still a go

These are strange times to say the least. But the good news is we can go outside and enjoy the fresh air if we practice proper social distancing.

Addiction support groups turn to technology to provide critical services

At Recovery Cafe of Spokane, manager Christine McMackin said her organization has had to be creative to provide a semblance of their normal services while under the shelter-in-place order

Weathercatch: Springtime relief for the worried

In terms of weather, the opening days of spring were just what we needed to help fend off the jitters while in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In this …

Answering calls for help: Riverside and Mead school districts work to fill communities’ needs

School districts across the state are marshaling their resources to feed and educate students even though schools are closed, including the Mead and Riverside school districts north of Spokane

Fire roundup: Chemicals blamed for fire in semitruck carrying load of garbage

Things may be changing rapidly for local residents, but crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department are still responding to the usual calls for car crashes, gas leaks and fires. …

Mead Middle School crew rescues stained-glass window artwork

The Mead School District’s new maintenance facility displays an artist-student stained glass art collaboration. The stained glass window was rescued from storage.

Front Porch: Ohio visit heavenly despite pandemic

Earlier this month when we left for Ohio to visit our twin grandsons, there were just two cases of COVID-19 in Spokane – the remaining cruise ship passengers that had …

SNAP steps up in pinch to feed Cooper Elementary schoolchildren

Sometimes the most difficult part of solving a problem is simply asking for help.

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7,000 sign petition asking WSU to partially refund students amid coronavirus closures, changes

Max Elston walked through an empty campus Wednesday to Washington State University’s financial aid office, only to find it closed. He was hoping to get reimbursement for the $2,000 he’ll …

Stay Alfred temporarily closes properties nationwide because of coronavirus pandemic

Spokane Valley-based Stay Alfred is closing its properties nationwide for eight weeks, beginning April 1, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Will warmer weather stop the coronavirus? No, but it may slow it, experts say

Most respiratory diseases, ranging from the flu and common cold to tuberculosis, spread more readily in the cold, dry air of winter. Whether that holds true for the coronavirus remains …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police seek bank robber; glee club handbills fall from sky

Miss Edith Winslow, an assistant teller at Fidelity Savings & Loan in downtown Spokane, was in the bank’s “money cage” when an unmasked man walked up to her and said, …

Man deliberately struck, killed state trooper on I-5, swerved toward second trooper, investigators say

The 39-year-old Olympia man accused of deliberately striking State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer during a high-speed police chase on Interstate 5 in Chehalis on Tuesday afternoon was awaiting a competency …

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

World ventilator demand now 10 times what’s available, says maker

The growing number of patients critically sick with the coronavirus is fueling demand for ventilators to at least 10 times of what is available at hospitals around the world, said …

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Spokane school board votes to plan next budget with a greater emphasis on equity

The COVID-19 pandemic loomed large at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug

Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits …

U.S. big-ticket factory orders up 1.2% in February

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by a solid amount in February, but the gain came before the coronavirus had shut down much of the country.

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Spokane-area grocery stores working hard to sanitize high-traffic surfaces

Shoppers at the Rosauers in north Spokane were greeted Wednesday with an employee holding a spray bottle and a towel. He wiped down every cart handle before handing it to …

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Supply chains in Spokane improving, but items still selling out

The paper products aisles at several Spokane grocery stores on Wednesday afternoon continued to be deserted islands of shelves with placards reminding shoppers to take just one package each. While …

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying …

Job search requirement becomes optional for unemployment insurance benefits

The Washington State Employment Security Department has waived its job search requirement for people to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Spokane Public Schools closes district office, makes teachers available remotely

Spokane Public Schools is moving through a long checklist of issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including remote learning, graduation and ways the community can help their schools.