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WSU launches paraeducator pilot program as way to tackle teacher shortage

Washington State University has launched a pilot program to let paraeducators earn a master’s degree in teaching while still working full time.


Front Porch: Happy National Uncle Sam Day

Today – Sept. 13 – is National Uncle Sam Day, and I feel the need to recognize it and feel good about it.


Sprucing up: Liberty Lake adds pickleball courts at Pavillion Park, upgrades Trailhead Golf Course irrigation system

The Liberty Lake Parks Department is capping off a busy summer after making improvements to Pavillion Park and the Trailhead Golf Course as well as taking over maintenance of 2 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing …


I-90 construction through Coeur d’Alene nears final push

Road construction has snarled traffic on Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene for the past five months. The work is scheduled to wrap up by late October, but there’s one more …


A year after tragedy, Freeman High will hold candlelight vigil tonight

One year later, Freeman is still strong. And vulnerable. Reminders of strength are everywhere, as hashtagged signs hang on houses and barns and the cars and trucks that ply the …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rousing chant raises wartime spirit at the Davenport

An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.


24 new cottage homes to provide permanent residences for women, children in Spokane

Before the end of the month, previously homeless women and children will take up permanent residence in 24 brand new cottages in northwest Spokane.


Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Huckleberries: Bridge pilgrimage recalls stories from another era

Coeur d’Alene landscape architect Jon Mueller knew where he wanted to be on what would have been his father’s 100th birthday, Sept. 8 – the bridge over Mica Creek up …


Sweet deal: Spokane beekeepers offer info, honey at Interstate Fair

There are more than 300 members of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association, which has maintained a booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair for over 25 years.


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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Booker releases new confidential records about Kavanaugh

Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday night released a new batch of committee confidential documents about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh even after a conservative judicial group referred his earlier disclosures …


Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book

Bob Woodward’s “Fear” is spreading quickly.


Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Moon rock hunter closes in on tracking down missing stones

A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Disaster preparedness apps are flourishing ahead of Hurricane Florence

Last year, it took Hurricane Harvey and Irma – two of the worst natural disasters in American history – to make Zello the most downloaded app online.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

U.S. ‘likely’ has taken over as the world’s top oil producer

The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world’s biggest oil producer sooner than expected.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

Spokane native chosen to lead the Spokane Valley chamber

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber has hired Lance Beck as its new president and CEO, the organization announced Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Storm’s uncertain track sows fear; 10 million in crosshairs

Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

SCRAPS says wild animal to blame for recent string of cat deaths on the South Hill

Spokane pet owners can breathe a collective sigh of relief on rumors of cat serial killer stalking the city, though a critter of interest is still at large.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Stevens County authorities rescue 255 dogs from two illegal breeding sites

Prosecutors are preparing criminal charges after sheriff’s deputies, animal control officers and volunteers rescued 255 dogs from two illegal breeding sites in southern Stevens County.


Jewish collector’s descendant gets Nazi-looted Renoir back

The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis had a family reunion with one of the works on Wednesday after almost eight decades, an …


Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

$1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent …


A major bank is offering payday-style loans. Will others follow suit?

U.S. Bank says it will offer nearly instant small loans to its customers, becoming the first bank to provide such a product since federal regulators cleared the way earlier this …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Starbucks ventures into delivery again with test of UberEats

Starbucks Corp. is giving delivery another chance in the U.S. After an attempt to test the service with Postmates years ago, the coffee company is now teaming up with UberEats …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Man sleeping in dumpster injured when dumped into recycling truck in downtown Spokane

City officials say the man was dumped into a Sunshine Disposal and Recycling truck at about 5 a.m. unbeknownst to the driver.