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Despite grim projections, Trump resists national quarantine

Even as he warns of a grim few weeks ahead with tens of thousands of Americans likely killed by the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump is resisting issuing a national …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Stocks skid worldwide as coronavirus infections keep soaring

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide downdraft Wednesday as more signs piled up of the economic and physical pain being caused by the coronavirus outbreak.


Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

President Donald Trump’s allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

New York City deaths top 1,000 with worst to come

Florida officials were locked in a standoff with two cruise ships steaming toward the coast Tuesday as more coronavirus hot spots flared around the country and embattled New York City …


‘We’re deeply impacted’: Closure of U.S.-Canadian border disrupts life in towns that straddle it

Small towns close to the U.S.-Canada border are feeling the effects of shelter-in-place orders, in some cases separating families on opposite sides of the border.


Shawn Vestal: NC sophomore puts 3D printer to work making protective masks

Connor Duncan, a 16-year-old sophomore at North Central High School, is using his 3D printer to help make frames for masks to protect health care workers.


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Eviction or reprieve? Some who can stay in homes believe they’re on the brink of homelessness

After months of discord with her property manager, Diane Manns signed a voluntary agreement on March 12 to leave her apartment by the end of the month. But within days, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Construction workers strike after wage demands denied

About 1,500 construction workers went on strike in Spokane after the master builders of the city refused to grant their wage demands.


Spokane County suspends late fees for 3 months

Spokane County is suspending late fees, penalties or interest on unpaid charges on unpaid sewer and solid waste bills until the end of May to give relief to those facing …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Bong’s Grocery and Deli owner keeps prices low, says now is not the time to make money

Jolly Ghebreab, owner of Bong’s Grocery and Deli, said now is not the time to make money. On Monday, he set his gas prices at $1.99.


North Spokane hit-and-run collision sends car into house, setting both ablaze

A two-car hit-and-run collision on North Freya Street in north Spokane Tuesday evening sent one car into a house, setting both ablaze and closing down a major intersection.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Spokane Valley City Council approves funding boost for food bank

After the Spokane Valley Partners lost support from many churches, restaurants and grocery stores, Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted to award the food bank $25,000 to serve a growing …


Water Cooler: Everybody plays the Aprils Fools’ sometime

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Spokane comedians remind us why it’s so important to keep laughing in these difficult times.


Virus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

The coronavirus-related recessions around the world are going to be bad – and for some of the world’s major industrial nations the worst that anyone alive has experienced, according to …


CNN’s Cuomo, with coronavirus, completes show from basement

A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Official: Caregiver had no symptoms for 3 days before returning to Spokane Veterans Home

A spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs said the employee “had minimal direct contact with residents” while working on Friday and Monday, when the positive test result came …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million over a series of deadly Northern California wildfires rather …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Decision on extending stay home order, activating National Guard expected ‘in day or so’

A decision on whether to extend Washington’s stay-home order and closure of nonessential businesses is likely soon, and with it could come activation of some National Guard units.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Transportation budget signed but projects still paused

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state transportation budget lawmakers rewrote to fill a hole in revenue created by the passage of Initiative 976.


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

With businesses already hurting, city could delay East Sprague construction project

Major reconstruction of a section of East Sprague Avenue could be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Prosecutor: Sheriff’s Deputy justified in shooting man after car chase

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s office has declined to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man he said he believed was about to break into a …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Rare tornado touches down near Richland

A small tornado appeared to touch down just north of Richland on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Federal officials don’t believe virus spread through food processing

With about 75 percent of the nation under stay-at-home orders, agriculture officials said they do not fear that food-processing operations pose a risk for spreading the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Spokane-area banks offering unemployed workers mortgage, loan payment deferments

Spokane area banks and credit unions are now offering payment deferments that allow anyone who has lost their job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak to put a hold …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Idaho felt in Spokane

Spokane shook Tuesday afternoon after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit southern Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions

Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The novel …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Treasury wants airlines to say how they’ll repay loans

The Treasury Department wants airlines to say how they will compensate the government for $25 billion in grants used to keep employees on the payroll during the coronavirus outbreak.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Etailz co-founder joins board of Trans World Entertainment

Trans World Entertainment has named Spokane entrepreneur Tom Simpson to its board of directors and secured additional investor financing for its Spokane Valley-based subsidiary etailz.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

White House projects up to 240,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths …