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UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Royal Fireworks Concert dazzles audience after two-year absence from Riverfront Park

The free concert and fireworks show returned to Riverfront Park after a cancellation in 2017 due to funding woes and construction in the downtown park. Ballet dancers performed at twilight, …


Business Beat

Engineering DCI Engineers has promoted staff members Chris Ferrera, Colby Litzenberger and Anthony Sorentino to senior project managers. All three are members of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington Spokane …


After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover

Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …


Spokane Public Schools taps Iraq vet to serve as new director of security, transportation and risk management

When one of the most important positions at Spokane Public Schools opened up this spring, Santos Picacio took one look at the job description and smiled. The job: Director of …


BBB Tip of the Week: Expedia imposter scams

Hang up the phone! If you’re trying to call a travel company’s customer service number you found via search engine, read on before dialing. The Better Business Bureau has just …


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

With the start of school looming, Spokane Public Schools board has loose ends to tie up

Among the issues at hand: With $3.6 million in spending from reserves, how can they most efficiently spend money to better serve students?


Motley Fool: Flipping for Zillow

There is more to Zillow Group these days than just its comprehensive real estate listings and its “Zestimates” feature that provides rough property values.


Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 Annual Convention – Catholic Alumni Clubs International, today, The Centennial Hotel Spokane, 125 attendees.


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Historians persuade Spokane police to correct error on their uniforms – date of department’s founding

Spokane police patches and badges sport the date 1884, but a town marshal, Eugene Hyde, was on duty three years previously. It’s taken a dedicated band of historians, including the …


Vote for mayor may impact police oversight, with role of ombudsman in flux

The upcoming mayoral election could have serious implications for the future of police oversight in Spokane, as whoever wins could determine the extent of the power held by the police …


South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict

South Sudan tries to protect wildlife parks from poaching after years of civil war


Judge weighs ordering switch to paper ballots in Georgia

A federal judge says Georgia allowed its election system to grow “way too old and archaic” and now has a deep hole to dig out of to ensure that the …


Plan halted to house migrant kids at Oklahoma Army base

Officials say there is no longer a need to detain migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base and that preparations to house them there have stopped


2 U.S. teens jailed in Italy in policeman’s killing

Investigators contended in written statements that two American teenagers who were former high school classmates had confessed to their roles in the grisly slaying of an Italian policeman


Hong Kong police fire tear gas, clear protesters by force

Police in Hong Kong have fired tear gas at protesters who defied authorities’ warnings not to march in a neighborhood where six days earlier a mob apparently targeting demonstrators brutally …


Scientists warn Oregon is lagging in disaster preparedness

A last-minute change in legislative funding has scientists worried that Oregon will remain behind other West Coast states in preparing for deadly earthquakes and wildfires.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

‘I have no water at all’: Residents do their best to get by with bottled water after Hillyard water tainted

City water department workers stationed at the U.S. Post Office on North Freya Street had given out about 19,200 bottles as of Saturday afternoon.


Trump attacks majority-black district represented by critic

President Donald Trump denigrates a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Africa’s booming cities face a severe toilet crisis

Africa’s booming cities face a toilet crisis; just 14 free public ones in Uganda’s capital


Eye on Boise: Double-standard exists for state employee pay

If Idaho state workers’ pay raises are dependent on performance, why do directors and agency heads get 3% across the board?


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Russi Taylor, longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, dies at 75

Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, has died.


Catholic charities tested by abuse scandals, border crisis

For U.S. charities affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, the past year has tested the resilience of their fundraisers and the loyalty of their donors in unprecedented fashion


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Russian police arrest more than 1,000 in Moscow protest

Russian police cracked down fiercely Saturday on demonstrators in central Moscow, beating some people and arresting more than 1,000 who were protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot …


Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran faces key test

President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran is at a crossroads as his administration decides whether to end one of the last remaining components of the 2015 nuclear deal.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Review: Norah Jones is all about the music in her sold-out show at the Fox

Throughout the evening, the nine-time Grammy winner kept the mix of old and new going, backed by a trio on drums, bass and guitar or organ. Her beautiful, though sometimes …


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Crews douse two small new blazes, expect Cheney fires to be fully contained Sunday

Crews fighting four wildfires southwest of Cheney kept the fire 65% contained Saturday and expect them to be fully contained on Sunday.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

Spokane Valley fire commissioner tries to fend off two challengers for seat

A one-term incumbent Spokane Valley Fire commissioner is hoping to retain his seat, as a former city councilman and a first-time candidate challenge him.


After nearly two decades, Colville Forest plan coming to a close

A nearly two-decade-long process determining the style and scope of management on the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest will come to a close this fall.


Sue Lani Madsen: Candidate questionnaires bear sour grapes

Candidates are deluged with a multitude of questionnaires, even if they aren’t seeking an endorsement.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

New laws governing everything from partially full wine bottles to fracking are set to become law on Sunday.