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100 years ago in Spokane: Lumbermen threaten to fire non-citizens who evaded service in World War I

Lumber companies in the Local Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (the Four L’s) declared that they would fire any employee who was an “alien slacker.”


Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and export markets hit by President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

Dog poop sparks fight between neighbors

When a woman opened her the door of her Spokane apartment on Tuesday, she looked down and saw dog poop smeared on the ground.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Lawmakers consider changes to sex education enrollment

State lawmakers heard testimony from the public about a sex education bill that would no longer make enrolling students in the course automatic.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Itron reports improved 4Q earnings, loss for 2018

Itron Inc. reported improved income of $24 million during the fourth quarter, which the company attributed to favorable tax benefits.


Southwest gets FAA OK for flights to Hawaii from California

Southwest Airlines has been approved to offer flights between California and Hawaii, the FAA said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Bellevue game studio ArenaNet, developer of ‘Guild Wars,’ lays off 143

ArenaNet, a long-tenured Bellevue video-game studio responsible for the hit online role-playing game series “Guild Wars,” is laying off 143 people.


Arbitrator orders Fox to pay $179M in “Bones” profit dispute

An arbitrator has ordered 21st Century Fox to pay $179 million in a dispute over profits with the stars of the long-running TV show “Bones,” saying Fox executives engaged in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

All public schools would need anti-bullying policies for transgender students under bill passed by Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Washington public schools should have a policy to prevent transgender students from being bullied, a divided Senate decided Wednesday. After a debate that bounced between Democrats who called …


Sully the service dog tackles new mission after George HW Bush’s death

One mission is complete and another is just getting started. Sully the service dog, who famously stood by his “boss,” George H.W. Bush, in the months before the former president’s …


Amid clouds of dust, border wall prototypes are demolished

A jackhammer reduced prototypes of President Donald Trump’s prized border wall into piles of rubble Wednesday, a quick ending to an experiment that turned into a spectacle at times.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch asking price is slashed to $31 million

The price keeps plummeting for Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch. After listing for $100 million in 2015, the late pop star’s former playground is back on the market for $31 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Public schools in Washington would be required to teach sex education in all grades under bill approved by state Senate

School districts would be required to adopt comprehensive, medically accurate policies for sexual health education for all grades by the 2021 school year, according to the bill, which was sent …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Cathy McMorris Rodgers cast principled vote in opposing Trump’s emergency declaration

She’s not in leadership anymore, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers just put on a one-vote exhibition in how to lead. By example. By doing the hard thing, rather than merely saying …


Education notebook: Mead School District hunts for new superintendent

Mead School District is in search of a new superintendent following the retirement announcement of Tom Rockefeller, who served as superintendent for 13 years during is 41-year career in education.


Floods isolate 2 California towns, storm dumps snow in West

Two communities in Northern California’s wine country were accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks following a relentless downpour across an already waterlogged region.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Walmart is eliminating greeters, worrying the disabled

As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested “greeters” at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they’re being ill-treated by a chain …


House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 …


In tobacco state, students testify about youngsters’ vaping

Twelve-year-old Hannah Piedad first encountered vaping – an electronic form of smoking – at a New Year’s party. It was the smell that got her attention. Now the student at …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Kennewick teacher treasures gift from student with ‘nothing to give’ but cereal

Rachel Uretsky-Pratt is an elementary school teacher in Kennewick, Washington, so this time of year she gets a lot of gifts from students: chocolates, notes, jewelry. The gifts are especially …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military

Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration’s desire to bar people …


Nigerian leader appeals for unity as challenger rejects vote

Nigeria’s president on Wednesday defended his sweeping win of a second term as free and fair and appealed to a “common love of country” as his top challenger vowed to …


Prosecutors seek life for German in sandwich poisoning case

Prosecutors are asking a court in Germany to sentence a 57-year-old man to life in prison for allegedly poisoning co-workers’ sandwiches over several years.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Political operative in undecided N.Carolina election charged

The North Carolina political operative at the center of a ballot fraud scandal was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges over his collection of absentee ballots in the 2016 elections and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

2 arrested in Alabama buffet brawl over crab legs

Alabama police say a dispute over crab legs at a dinner buffet ended in a brawl that left two people facing misdemeanor charges.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Next year in Caracas? Venezuelans hope exile will end soon

Next year in Caracas? As Venezuela’s opposition rekindles street protests and builds powerful international support, the millions who fled are redirecting their gaze toward their beloved homeland in hopes that …


Tensions grow between France and Netherlands over airlines

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday asked the Dutch government to clarify why it bought more than 12 percent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM alliance …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Spokane Valley woman pleads guilty to defrauding Meals on Wheels

A Spokane Valley woman has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge after she admitted funneling $88,000 to her own accounts from her former employer, Greater Spokane County Meals …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Worries that China trade talks are stalling weigh on stocks

Stock indexes wavered in early afternoon trading Wednesday after comments from a key U.S. trade negotiator stoked doubt over how much progress was being made on resolving the trade war …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Man who saved Girl Scouts from the cold by buying $500 worth of cookies is arrested on fentanyl, heroin charges

A good Samaritan who bought a trove of cookies from shivering Girl Scouts on Friday evening was arrested Tuesday on federal drug charges, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Detric …