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R&B star R. Kelly’s attorney enters not guilty plea on singer’s behalf to multiple charges of criminal sexual abuse

R&B singer R. Kelly’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client Monday as the singer faces multiple charges of sexual abuse in Chicago.


Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care

The network of quality child care in Spokane and beyond is fraying at the edges. Some call it a national crisis. For providers in Washington state, higher minimum wages costs …


Faith and Values: When good isn’t good enough

As we were receiving the offering at worship, a man’s daughter asked if he had any cash. He only had a $20 bill, so he put it in the offering …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Getting There: Rails-to-Trails idea joins Washington, Washington, D.C.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has hatched a plan to create a “safe, seamless and scenic pathway” connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C. As the group’s name suggests, it will rely on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

More snow expected Monday night, Wednesday

Colder-than-average temperatures and snow are expected to continue into this week as a new weather system moves up the Washington and Oregon border.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flu returns with 112 cases in day

The Spanish flu epidemic suddenly took a turn for the worse. In one day, 112 new cases were reported. One death was also reported, and over the last two weeks, …


Then and Now: B.L. Gordon building

Burgess L Gordon, born in Pike County, Missouri, in 1864, arrived in Spokane in 1890. In 1910, he built the 16,000-square-foot building on the riverfront, next to the Division Street …


Trump extends China tariff deadline, cites progress in talks

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Sunday he will extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing “substantial progress” in weekend talks between the two countries. Trump tweeted …


White House to select federal scientists to reassess government climate findings, sources say

The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter its conclusions that the continued burning …


Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs.


House Democrats will subpoena Mueller if report is not made public, Schiff says

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that House Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller III to testify before Congress if his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election …


Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. – Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city’s billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? …


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Pope Francis closed out his summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their …


Idaho State Police investigate fatal crash

Idaho State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Idaho Falls that left a man dead. KTVB-TV reports 39-year-old Robert Halford of Idaho Falls died at scene of the Saturday …


Fifth possible measles case reported in Oregon

Officials in Oregon’s Multnomah County are reporting a fifth possible case of measles. The Oregonian reports four people already diagnosed with measles were exposed to the highly contagious virus from …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

They came, they sawed, they conquered winter blues at outdoors expo

At the annual Great Outdoors & Bike Expo, people from across the Spokane area who have been cooped up inside all winter had a chance to try their favorite outdoor …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Snow eases drought concerns in Washington, Idaho, to a degree

Idaho and Washington could be headed for an abnormally dry summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a climate prediction showing a worsening outlook for drought across the …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Hayden man fatally shot outside bar; suspect arrested

Witnesses say a Coeur d’Alene man shot and killed a Hayden man outside the Tipsy Pine bar after an altercation.


City Council mulling new laws that would make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted, killed

After a dog was electrocuted on a sidewalk in downtown Spokane earlier this month, Spokane City Council members are in early talks of creating new laws that would make old …


As Spokane beefs up efforts to catch car thieves, some – including prolific one who targets Subarus – won’t stop

In the time it takes to tidy your bed, floss your teeth or microwave a bowl of rice, 19-year-old Christian Normand can steal your car. If it’s an early-’90s-to-2000s Subaru, …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Doctors, physician and nursing assistants would pay more to practice under new Washington rules

The Department of Health is proposing double-digit increases in licensing fees for the state’s physicians and a handful of other professions following an audit that showed some health care professions …


Spin Control: Sometimes, but not always, the Legislature is a funny place

In the Legislature, sometimes it’s better to pass when given a chance to make a pun.


Spokane Public Schools takes imaginative approach to new middle school designs

Five years from now, expect to see a bigger budget for window cleaners at Spokane Public Schools. The vision for middle schools took flight this week, and it’s a transparent …


Paul Turner: Do not call when the Zags are on TV unless …

I committed an egregious “Spokane faux pas” the other night: phoning a friend while the Zags were on television.


Domestic airfares hit a record low, but fees help airlines make healthy profits

The price of a domestic airline ticket has hit a record low, but airlines are still collecting strong profits thanks to passenger fees and other charges.


100 years ago in Spokane: School Board expresses skepticism for commissioner’s intent to double teacher salaries

The U.S. commissioner of education said he wanted to double the salaries of teachers within the next five years, and the president of the Spokane School Board expressed sympathy for …


Building confidence, managing success: How Jo Ann Kauffman built a nationally known management consulting firm

Despite early business challenges, Jo Ann Kauffman went on to build a company with a national reputation. Spokane-based Kauffman & Associates works with tribal and undeserved communities, foundations and nonprofits, …


Shawn Vestal: For Spokane man, years of family mystery ended abruptly with DNA testing

Don Sullivan has seen this photo most of his life, though the woman was always a mystery to him. When he was a child, growing up in the Los Angeles …


Tom Kelly: Big difference when home raffle includes essay contest

While recent nationally syndicated stories have raised hopes about the possibilities of alternative selling methods, home raffles and essay contests remain problematic.


The Motley Fool: What’s up doc?

The Motley Fool Take Not all medical needs require extensive in-person visits with your doctor. Sometimes all you need is a visual inspection, a question-and-answer session, an order for lab …