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Idaho jobless claims exceed 117,000 over six-week period

Laid-off workers in Idaho filed 8,827 new unemployment claims last week, a 32% decrease from a week prior, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Police push homeless out of park after Spokane shelter closure raises controversy and tent city

The nonprofit in charge of the city’s Cannon Street warming center has refused to immediately make way for a new operator after its contract expired on Thursday.

Emu found in High Bridge Park returned to owner

An emu found among disc golfers and trial walkers at High Bridge Park Wednesday afternoon has been claimed by its owners at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Pelosi: States, cities seek $1T to avert layoffs from virus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday state and local governments are seeking up to $1 trillion for coronavirus costs, a stunning benchmark for the next aid package that’s certain to …

Surf’s down in California: Governor set to close beaches

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore last weekend despite his social distancing order that aims to slow …

Bezos, Musk win contracts for spacecraft to land NASA astronauts on moon

NASA on Thursday awarded three companies contracts to build spacecraft capable of landing humans on the moon, sparking a new space race that NASA hopes will propel the United States …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Journalists’ working conditions hit hard by coronavirus

The working conditions of news reporters around the globe have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic amid job losses and attacks on media freedom, according to a survey published Thursday by …

American Airlines posts $2.2 billion loss during pandemic

American Airlines lost $2.24 billion in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel, and the airline is taking steps to survive but as …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

US consumer spending plunges record 7.5%, reflecting virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged 7.5% in March, reflecting the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic as Americans complied with stay-at-home orders.

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

NYC subway will halt overnight service due to virus

New York City is shutting down its subway system each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning of trains and stations during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

30 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit

More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s.

Russian prime minister says he tested positive for virus

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate.

Poll: Many Americans feel lonely and anxious during pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the United States, it’s taking a widespread toll on people’s mental health and stress levels, according to a survey that finds a majority …

Johnson: UK ‘past the peak’ of outbreak but must be cautious

Britain is past the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday, as he promised to reveal a “road map” out of national lockdown – but not …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirus.

Military sexual assault reports rise, in Air Force above all

Reports of sexual assaults across the military increased slightly last year, with the Air Force showing the biggest jump of all the services at 9%, according to a Defense Department …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Washington unemployment claim numbers ‘gargantuan,’ commissioner says

More than 1 in 5 Washington workers sought some form of unemployment payment last week, in what the head of the agency that administers those claims called “gargantuan numbers.”

Top European Union diplomat denies bowing to China pressure

The European Union’s top diplomat denied Thursday that his agency bowed to pressure from China and watered down a report that criticized the country’s role in promoting disinformation about the …

John Bolton book again delayed, this time to June 23

John Bolton’s book has again been delayed, according to listings on and Barnes & Noble, both of which say “What Happened In the Room” has been pushed back from …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance as homicides continue

Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky.

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Trump blames China for pandemic; a lab ‘mistake’?

President Donald Trump is speculating that China could have unleashed the coronavirus on the world due to some kind of horrible “mistake.“

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Biden reaches deal to let Sanders keep hundreds of delegates

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has agreed to let former primary rival Bernie Sanders keep hundreds of delegates he would otherwise forfeit by dropping out of the presidential race in …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

U.S. jobless claims soar past 30 million; Europe reeling also

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus has soared past 30 million, worsening a crisis unmatched since the 1930s and turning up the pressure on …

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Car crashes into power pole, causes outages

A car toppled a a power pole outside city limits southeast of Spokane early Thursday morning.

High school students honor ‘superheroes’ of Holocaust in art and writing contests

The Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust has selected the top three places in the 14th annual Eva Lassman Memorial Creative Writing Contest and the sixth annual Art Contest.

Front Porch: 11-year-old Miss Chicken dons support bra, still clucking

An update on Miss Chicken who is 11 years old and receiving careful attention in her old age

Principal Suzanne Savall retiring after devoting 38-year career to Otis Orchards Elementary

Otis Orchards Elementary School principal Suzanne Savall, like several local principals and teachers, will be retiring at the end of the school year. But what makes Savall unique is that …

SCRAPS’s cat foster mother Paige Hamilton gets Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

Paige Hamilton was recently recognized with the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award after dedicating more than 900 hours last year to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.

New Spokane area businesses hope to ride out the COVID-19 storm

Two young businesses in home decor and skin care adjust to social distancing, running ventures online and product ordering

Gardening: Garden work now will last beyond spring

The staying at home order is providing more time to work in our gardens