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100 years ago in Spokane: Local air industry debuts with $10 flights; electric power sent to coast

Spokane’s passenger air industry debuted when Lt. Fred Kelso began carrying passengers for $10 a flight, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


Spokane Parks faces nearly $1 million budget shortfall in 2020

The division will present potential options to close that gap to the Spokane Park Board in the fall. Officials say the increase in costs is driven primarily by salary and …


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Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

After a flurry of recent actions, the Trump administration is winning praise from conservative religious leaders for fulfilling many of their goals.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

County commissioners approve no shooting area change for gun club application

The Spokane Gun Club is one step closer to a new location after Spokane County Commissioners unanimously approved a zone change for the club’s proposed site.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl say state Rep. Matt Shea is unfit for office

Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Gov. Inslee celebrates reaching donor threshold, but it looks like a hollow victory

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has surpassed a milestone that his presidential campaign has been aiming at and emphasizing for weeks: He said he’s received contributions from more than 130,000 separate …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

One person escapes Spokane Valley house fire

One person safely escaped a house that caught fire on the corner of East Sinto Avenue and North Greenacres Road in Spokane Valley on Tuesday afternoon.


Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

As Syrian government forces push into key rebel town, al-Qaida-linked militants inside ‘redeploy’ south of town.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

‘If you relax, they can feel you relax’: Public lands manager cuddles, cares for babies in retirement

After a decades-long career working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Stephanie Snook has changed gears, but not pace, and volunteers cuddling babies in the NICU at Kootenai Health …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Spokane-raised Jody Zellman looks to find his way into his hometown paper’s pages

Jody Zellman, 31, is one of 10 artists The Spokesman-Review readers will soon put through the wringer. Beginning Wednesday, they’ll vote to select a comic strip that sees permanent play …


Grand jury charges witness with lying about suspect in 2001 slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales

In what may be a break in the 18-year-old investigation into the shooting death of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales in 2001, federal prosecutors have charged an Everett woman with …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Department stores make room for used fashion

As department stores watch their customers flock to secondhand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites.


Nike signs merchandising agreement with New York City

Sneaker giant Nike will sell New York City-branded merchandise under a two-year licensing agreement.


Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Trump says any Jewish people who vote for Democrats are showing ‘great disloyalty’ or ‘lack of knowledge’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that any Jewish people who vote for Democrats are showing “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” prompting an outcry from critics …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases slightly in July to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in July over the prior month because of a seasonal drop in education and firefighting jobs.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Boeing will hire hundreds at Moses Lake

Boeing said Tuesday it will begin hiring a few hundred temporary employees at Moses Lake to work on the grounded 737 Max fleet and prepare the planes for return to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Trump says would be ‘appropriate’ for Russia to rejoin G-7

President Donald Trump says it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world’s major industrial nations.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Julian Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston.


Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region

At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curtail unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Italian premier to quit, blaming deputy for political crisis

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister who triggered a political crisis …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Hong Kong’s evolving protests: Voices from the front lines

On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Dad ‘empty’ after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

It’s no joke, mom: Florida teen arrested in school threat

Authorities have posted a video of their arrest of a 15-year-old Florida boy who allegedly posted an online threat to kill at least seven people at a high school.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Crash on State Route 27 closes road, railway

A one-car crash and downed power lines on State Route 27 south of Spokane temporarily shut down the highway on Tuesday. No one was injured and the highway re-opened just …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching …