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Sue Lani Madsen: Christians must decide for themselves how essential attending church is for their faith

It’s hard to justify why restaurants can safely open at 50% capacity and a church cannot. Hand sanitizer at the entry, tape on the floor and blocked off seating for …


More than a quarter of Spokane County child care centers are temporarily closed – and many are wondering how they’ll reopen

The news that a toddler who had been cared for at a Spokane child care center tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month made at least one other center director …


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you’re sick. Here’s how.

Data from a wearable device can reveal coronavirus symptoms days before you even realize you’re sick, researchers have found in preliminary studies.


Group says pandemic’s effects have cost Spokane County $21 million in lost tourism revenue

More than 35 events were canceled because of COVID-19, resulting in 30,000 vacant hotel rooms and $21 million in lost tourism revenue, according to Visit Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Gas shortage grips city; kangaroos come to Manito

Spokane was enduring a serious gasoline shortage. It had reached the point at which the city’s Shell stations said they would have to close down entirely if new shipments did …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Lawmakers ejected in Hong Kong debate on Chinese anthem bill

Three pro-democracy lawmakers have been ejected from Hong Kong’s legislative chamber as they tried to stall debate on a bill that would criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese anthem


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

BOISE – Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America

The U.N. World Food Program is warning that upward of at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, shuttering people in …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Washington state officials report drop in childhood vaccinations

The Washington State Department of Health has observed a significant drop in the number of children being vaccinated over the past two months.


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Spokane Public Schools awaits word from task force on reopening

During a special meeting Wednesday night, Spokane Public Schools staff shared more details about the task force that will address curriculum, assessments, coordination of online platforms, special education and extracurricular …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed Black man who complained that he …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Spokane Public Schools will host virtual forums as it seeks to shore up budget

The district will hold virtual budget forums on June 2 and June 4 on a variety of subjects, including the sources and sustainability of future funds; student safety, health and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

As fairs around the state are canceled, Spokane’s defers decision until June

As fairs around the state are canceled or move online, staff at the Spokane Interstate Fair will wait until June to decide whether to continue with the event as planned …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Man with COVID-19 who exposed several Spokane police to virus ordered to self-isolate

A man with COVID-19 who exposed several Spokane police officers to the novel coronavirus during two DUI arrests last week has been ordered by County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Spokane County records highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases as virus spreads in community

Spokane County confirmed 23 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily count recorded since the pandemic reached the county.


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Virus outbreak at unnamed Oregon business could disrupt reopening

Multnomah County officials say the county hopes to begin reopening in about two weeks, but a mysterious coronavirus outbreak could hinder those plans.


Farewell after 50 years: Spokane Valley High counselor devoted nearly entire career to WVSD

Now that she’s 72 years old, Spokane Valley high school counselor Suzanne Ruth-Scott is finally ready to retire and bring to an end her 50 years working in the West …


Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

President Donald Trump is threatening social media companies with new regulations or even closure after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets


Fed report notes sharp virus-related drop in economy

The Federal Reserve detailed Wednesday what most of the nation is already acutely aware of: Economic activity fell sharply around the country in April and May as measures to combat …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Man suffering delusions sentenced for stabbing 7-year-old boy

A Spokane judge sentenced Bruce Landahl to 13 years in prison last week for the random stabbing of a


Canada judge rules Huawei CFO’s extradition case can proceed

A Canadian judge ruled Wednesday the U.S. extradition case against a senior Huawei executive can proceed to the next stage, a decision that is expected to further harm relations between …


Northwest Passages Virtual Forum: Reopening Spokane area salons

With Phase 2 reopening businesses, and an eight week lockdown from salon services, what is going on in Spokane area salons? How ugly can one’s hair get? What should Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Mayor Nadine Woodward discusses Spokane in Phase 2

How long will Spokane be in Phase 2 and what is the new normal is going to look like from City Hall’s perspective? Adam Shanks will talk to the Mayor …


The Virtual Job Search During A Pandemic

Graduates of both high school & colleges are facing a completely different job market then they anticipated. What should they look for - how do managers leading & motivating a …


Northwest Passages Virtual Forum: Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert

Corey Kispert, a three-year starter for the Gonzaga men’s basketball team, speaks with Spokesman-Review beat reporter Jim Meehan at our next Northwest Passages Virtual Forum at 10 AM about his …


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Allergies don’t come with fever: Symptoms can cause fear of coronavirus as pollen hits peak levels

Here come seasonal allergies. Only this year, they usher in with concerns about the coronavirus. Sniffs and sneezes get viewed with higher suspicion. Allergy symptoms, along with those for asthma, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to plans a city task force …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

U.S. deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 milestone

The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality …


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain praises SpaceX-NASA partnership in CBS’s broadcast of delayed launch

Astronaut Anne McClain, who grew up in Spokane, participated in CBS’s broadcast of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 launch, which was canceled 17 minutes before blastoff because of concerns about lightning.