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Microsoft shareholders defeat 2 activist proposals

Microsoft’s shareholders have voted to defeat two proposals by activist investors calling for the company to add a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors and report on gender disparities …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Raquel Montoya-Lewis named as first Native American to Washington Supreme Court

A Whatcom County Superior Court judge with extensive experience as a tribal judge to become first Native American on the Washington Supreme Court.


United buying 50 Airbus jets to replace older Boeing planes

United Airlines picks Airbus jets to replace some of its older Boeing planes that are used mostly on flights between the East Coast and Europe.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

U.S. service companies saw activity slow in November

Growth in the U.S. service sector slowed in November with service companies complaining about higher tariffs from various trade battles and the inability to find enough qualified workers.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags

A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Trump administration tightens SNAP work requirements

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food assistance program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Season’s greetings at Sears: Dingy shops, sparse shelves

Nearly 10 months out of bankruptcy, Sears is limping into the holiday shopping season.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Professors make impeachment case; Democrats say they’re all in

Three leading legal scholars testified at a congressional House hearing that President Donald Trump’s attempts to have Ukraine investigate Democratic rivals are grounds for impeachment


Local community groups collect pajamas for the Christmas Bureau

Every year community groups collect children’s pajamas to be distributed at the Christmas Bureau, which gives a toy and a book to every child who comes in the door as …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

WSU study links cannabis businesses to poorer neighborhoods, as local laws limit locations

A study found that marijuana businesses are more likely to locate in economically depressed areas. That’s not surprising to some lawmakers and members of the industry, who see local laws …


‘Zombie homes’ in West Central neighborhood get new lease on life after receivership

The fate of five old Victorian houses in Spokane’s West Central Neighborhood has been decided after years of efforts to transform them into affordable housing units.


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Shawn Vestal: The political shift in the Valley isn’t quite the left turn the far right thinks it is

If you’re still wondering how a lawmaker who pals around with people who fantasize about “skull-stomping” commies online continues to be re-elected, and whether that trend will continue, consider a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police stop scammer faking war injury; murder suspects arraigned

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?”


100 years ago in Spokane: Swindler tells house wives he’s a soldier who lost arm

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane, Spokane County approve $89 million airports budget, expect more than 4 million annual passengers

Spokane County Commissioners and Spokane City Council approved a $89 million Spokane Airport budget Tuesday, which is slightly smaller than last year due to less spending on infrastructure projects.


How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear bombs on, in and above the Marshall Islands _ vaporizing whole islands, carving craters into its shallow lagoons and exiling …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Author tells how she went from zookeeping with a notebook to successful self-publisher

Olivia Hawker is the author of “One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow.” It’s also the pen name for San Juan Island writer Libbie Grant, who has also written …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Trump blasts French president at NATO summit planned to show unity

President Donald Trump unexpectedly launched a verbal assault at the United States’ oldest ally Tuesday, slamming French President Emmanuel Macron’s warnings about the decline of the NATO military alliance as …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Northern Mexico fears return to dark past after gunfights

Mexico’s president says he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but after 23 people were killed in a weekend gunbattle in the border state of Coahuila, some …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Stores report brisk sales of WSU’s Cosmic Crisp apple. Here’s where to get them in Spokane.

After more than 20 years of research and development, the shiny, orange-red Cosmic Crisp apple debuted this week in grocery stores, including at all of the Rosauers, Safeway and Albertsons …


Ex-Bumble Bee CEO convicted in tuna price-fixing conspiracy

The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted Tuesday for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry’s top three companies, federal prosecutors said.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Spokane man charged with raping, molesting girl, possessing 500 images of her abuse

Daniel N. Osorno, a 52-year-old Spokane man accused of child rape and molestation, possessed more than 500 images of himself abusing a girl beginning when she was 3, according to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Should City Council be a full-time gig? New council rules say yes, mayor says no

The City Council is flexing its strength by writing the expectation of a 30- to 50-hour work week into its rules. Mayor David Condon is pushing back.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Gov. Little urges collaboration, innovation at Western Governors’ Association workshop

Idaho Gov. Brad Little encouraged policymakers and stakeholders to “get out of their silos” at the Western Governors’ Association workshop in Post Falls on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Bad weather causes potato shortage everywhere, except in Washington

Washington potato growers could double what they earn from this year’s crop because of shortages in Idaho, the Upper Midwest and Canada caused by bad weather in October that forced …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

California insurance company acquires Spokane-based Buck & Affiliates

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. acquired longtime Spokane insurance agency, Buck & Affiliates.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.