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100 years ago in Spokane: IRS worker explains the income tax

An Internal Revenue Service collector in Spokane attempted to explain the complex rules regarding a relatively recent kind of tax, the federal income tax.


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Spokane County Marriage licenses


Reports: North Korea rebuilding structures at rocket site

North Korea is reportedly restoring facilities at its long-range rocket launch site that it had dismantled as part of disarmament steps last year.


Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Spokane’s mayor to testify in Congress on water quality

Spokane’s mayor is to testify before Congress on Thursday, asking for additional funding and support for cities trying to comply with federal clean water requirements.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Is your collection worth a visit from Frank and Mike of ‘American Pickers’? They’re hunting in Washington next month

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz love hunting for “rusty gold,” as they often say on their hit documentary series, “American Pickers.” Their cross-country search has previously brought them to Washington …


Pasco man is guilty of trying to kill 3 police officers

A jury found Edwin Espejo guilty Tuesday afternoon of trying to kill three police officers.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Yakima County prepares to shut down marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas

YAKIMA – Yakima County is taking legal action to shut down more than 20 banned recreational marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county. County officials gave the businesses …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Sparking car catches fire; flames spread to second vehicle

Two cars burst into flames Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but no one was hurt.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

State, baker end legal spat over transgender woman’s cake

A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Lawsuit claims state failed to intervene in Spokane Valley ‘child torture’ case

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed alleging state social workers failed multiple times to remove three Spokane Valley children from a home where they suffered beatings, bites and sexual abuse …


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Road crews battle giant snowdrifts on state Highway 27

In a hard-fought victory over Mother Nature, road crews removed enough snow and ice to reopen a stretch of state Highway 27 north of Latah on Tuesday.


Mind-altering, ketamine-like drug OK’d for severe depression

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Deputies searching for inmate who escaped work crew in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for an inmate who walked away from a work crew Tuesday near East Eighth Avenue and South McDonald Road in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules

Local governments could set up homeless “camps” in an emergency without following some state environmental rules, under a Senate-approved bill.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Inslee says he welcomes super PAC help in presidential bid

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he welcomed the support of a super PAC even as many fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have rejected them, voicing concern that they …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Washington Senate moves to amend 1909 wrongful death law

Four years after a fatal Seattle crash, the Washington Senate on Tuesday approved an update to parts of the state’s wrongful death law.


CEO says Southwest is losing millions weekly in labor fight

The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a spike in planes ruled out of service for mechanical items is costing the carrier millions each week because of delayed and canceled flights.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail

The 2018 holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with some of them defying a gloomy government report in December that raised concerns that shoppers were …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Exxon, Chevron raise production forecast in Texas-New Mexico

The fracking boom is gaining speed in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, as Exxon Mobil and Chevron are primed to sharply boost oil production in the …


Alliance to save blue whales from ships stalled by Sri Lanka

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals.


New-home sales rose 3.7 percent in December

Sales of new U.S. homes climbed in December to their highest pace in seven months, a sign that lower mortgage rates are helping the real estate market.


U.S. service firms grew at fastest pace since fall 2018

U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in three months, rebounding after a decline in January.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

U.S. regulators warn that some Claire’s makeup has asbestos

The FDA is warning people not to use three make-up products from Claire’s that tested positive for asbestos.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Papa John’s, Schnatter reach settlement agreement

Papa John’s has reached a settlement agreement with founder John Schnatter that will see him step down from the pizza chain’s board once an independent director that is mutually acceptable …


Some churches are asking members to give up plastic for Lent

Chocolate, alcohol and Twitter are some of the popular indulgences many Christians give up during the period of Lent leading up to Easter. But this year, some churches are encouraging …


Teen testifies to Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims …


Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg bows out of 2020 Democratic presidential contest

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that he would not run for president, concluding his path to the Democratic nomination was narrow and he could accomplish more as …


Back in Venezuela, Guaido asks state workers for support

Opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday appealed for support from Venezuela’s state workers in his push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whose government has yet to comment on the defiant …