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Conventions Goodguys Great NW Nationals - Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 10,000 attendees.


Business Beat

Accounting Nicholas Knapton P.S. has announced the promotion of Rachael Rizley and Seth DeNardi. Rizley has been named supervisor after her promotion from senior accountant. DeNardi has been promoted to …


Paul Turner: Some things don’t change

Markets disappear, prices fluctuate and the politics of farm policy can make a farmer scratch his head. But Roy Dube’s quiet pride in being a farmer has not changed. And …


No better time than now to come out of retirement

The jobless rate for workers 55 and older is just 3.1 percent, according to AARP’s calculation of government jobs data last month. That’s even lower than the 3.9 percent for …


Eye on Boise: Heart-warming ad misleads in initiative campaign

A new campaign commercial airing statewide urges Idaho voters to back Proposition 1 on the November ballot. But the commercial never says what the ballot measure would do: Reauthorize betting …


Shawn Vestal: The Six-Figure Club threatens to weigh down Spokane City Hall

Six-figure salaries could mean sustainability problems for the city’s budget. Numbers crunchers have talked for years about the consequences of possible “structural gap” between salaries and revenues. That pressure has …


Spin Control: Primary turnout strong in Eastern Washington

Does better voter turnout depend on postage-paid ballots, or competitive races?


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018

Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018

Chick-fil-A branch planned for Gonzaga campus

Chick-fil-A is coming to Spokane. UPDATE: It’s not.


Strong, deep undersea quake shakes Fiji; no damage expected

A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

More than 1,000 gather for Spokane Good Guys car show

Thousands of vintage automobile enthusiasts filtered through the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on Saturday to purchase hot rods and show off their vintage car collections at the Goodguys …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Gun rights enthusiasts joined by Shea, Fagan at Franklin Park rally

Armed gun enthusiasts and local politicians gathered at Franklin Park Saturday to advocate for their second amendment rights


Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the …


California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.


Marine laboratory works to save hundreds of animals dying in Florida red tide

Things are grim in southwest Florida. A toxic algal bloom is poisoning one of most biodiverse regions in the United States. Hundreds of manatees, turtles and dolphins have washed up …


Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last …


Google refused order to release data. Will other companies bow under pressure?

Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.


Ex-Skagit County sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to fraud

A former Skagit County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole money from a fund for police dog training.


Ex-Bellevue cop arrested again in domestic violence case

A former Bellevue police officer has been arrested again in a domestic violence case.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Idaho woman gets probation in Montana sex trafficking case

A 38-year-old Idaho woman has been sentenced to five years on federal probation in a sex trafficking case.


Man gets 72 years in prison for killing grandmother, friend in suburban Seattle

A man has been sentenced to 72 years in prison for killing his grandmother and a friend of his ex-girlfriend in suburban Seattle.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

E. Idaho man facing charges after men hit with bear spray

An eastern Idaho man police said doused two men on a Pocatello street with bear spray is facing charges.


Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

Seattle police said they’re looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho

A small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho would be game-changing for energy customers if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the project, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Washington retail sales up 10 percent this year; Spokane Valley ranks second in sales growth

A bump in construction, as well as sales of equipment, lawn and garden supplies boosted Washington state’s retail sales to more than $37 billion this year – a 10 percent …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a “Liberty or Death” rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated.


Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations, experts say

When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a familiar pattern often emerges. If it took place at a large organization – be it a church, a large state university or a group …


New director named for Idaho agency that manages state land

Idaho officials have named a new director to lead a state agency that manages 2.4 million acres of state lands that generate money mostly for public schools.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Vancouver memory care facility using music therapy

Learning new music can strengthen connections in the brain and improve myelin, a covering around the nerve cells in brains, research shows. That can help conduct nerve impulses at higher …


Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want U.S. talks

The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can …