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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Hanford contractor agrees to pay fine for accepting illegal kickbacks

The Chief Financial Officer of one of the prime contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve allegations that he accepted more than $40,000 in …


Spokane-based etailz forms partnership with Strider Sports

Strider Sports International Inc. has formed an exclusive partnership with Spokane-based etailz to market its line of bikes and accessories on Amazon and Walmart’s online platforms.


Itron reports lower 2Q earnings

Itron Inc. reported lower second quarter income on Monday, partly because of costs associated with the purchase of competitor Silver Springs Network, officials said.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Washington regulators schedule October hearing on proposed Avista sale

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled an Oct. 23 technical hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Crews continue to fight fire near Davenport

The Angel Springs fire near Davenport is 15 percent contained, with crews from local, state and federal agencies working to contain it.


Longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates admits embezzlement

The government’s star witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the former Trump campaign chairman – and …


Wanted: Applicants for Yakima Police Department – recruitment officer takes to the road to find candidates

Meyers is the department’s full-time recruitment officer, a position created in April to bolster the Yakima Police Department’s ranks in a tight job market, as well as create a more …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Evacuations ordered for residents near Silver Lake fire along I-90

A fast-moving brush fire quickly grew to 100 acres and its smoke forced brief closures on Interstate 90 in both directions near the Cheney exit as fire officials called for …


Musk tweets video parody of Hitler ‘shorting Tesla stock’

Elon Musk is struggling with his own pledge to get a better handle on his use of Twitter, posting a version of an Adolf Hitler clip that lampoons fund managers …


Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists – yet another …


If undocumented immigrants are hurt at work, can they get disability payments?

Undocumented workers in Idaho have the right to claim workers’ comp payments and even temporary disability payments if they’re hurt on the job.


Retiring mailman delivered kindness along with letters. His ‘family’ sent him off in style.

When mailman Duplessis announced his retirement in the spring, neighbors hung thank-you banners for Duplessis on their doors and garages. Puyallup resident Tinell Skaug began putting together plans for a …


MoviePass will limit customers to 3 movies a month, but backpedals on raising prices

Movie ticket discount service MoviePass Inc. will now limit subscribers to three movies a month, rather than one movie a day. The service also said Monday that it will keep …


Eleven killed and nearly 70 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to …


Pew report discusses economic impact of ‘sin tax’

A recent Pew Research Center report revealed that Idaho has some of the lowest revenue collected from sin taxes in the United States included in the total state budget, ranking …


In one Washington state immigration court, bonds are among the highest in the country and asylum is granted less often

Judges in Tacoma’s immigration court denied bond to seven parents separated from their children. When other parents were released, their bonds often ran higher than elsewhere. Why? “It’s arbitrary,” but …


Is SeaWorld making a comeback? Attendance jumps

For the second quarter in a row, SeaWorld Entertainment reported notable gains in attendance and revenues, signaling a possible rebound from years of steep losses in visitation.


Tanker truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

A tanker truck carrying flammable material exploded Monday after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna, killing at least two people, injuring …


What’s Up With That? More patients taking to the air

Helicopters are bringing more patients to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from hospitals at places like Orofino, Grangeville and Cottonwood, said hospital CEO Blain Claypool.


Yakima City Council likely to vote on repeal of pit bull ban

Pit bull terrier friends and foes may soon have a final answer on whether the dogs can live within Yakima city limits.


Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reports a $12B 2Q profit

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on Saturday reported a $12 billion second-quarter profit.


Arrest warrant issued for former Lewis and Clark student accused of threatening to shoot classmates

Just two months after he was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond, prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of a former student at Lewis and Clark …


Moms of 11 children found at New Mexico compound arrested

Three women believed to be the mothers of 11 children found hungry and living in a filthy makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico have been arrested, following the weekend …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Simplot acquires becomes first agriculture company to receive genetics technology license

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings …


A serial cat killer is responsible for 7 feline deaths in Washington state, police suspect

Mutilated cats have been discovered in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and near Port Angeles. Police believe the deaths could all be the work of one person and are urging people to …


U.S. stocks get a lift from earnings; Berkshire and Tyson rise

U.S. stocks are slightly higher Monday as companies including Tyson Foods and Berkshire Hathaway are rising after their second-quarter reports. Energy companies are moving up with the price of oil. …


Helicopter crew responds to emergency beacon, lifts body out

The body of a 44-year-old hiker from the Seattle area was airlifted off Buck Mountain by a Navy helicopter rescue unit early Sunday morning, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s …


Trump breaks with aides, tweets endorsement of Kobach

President Donald Trump is endorsing controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in that state’s GOP gubernatorial primary.


Idaho’s first Latino judge, as he contemplates retirement: ‘I contribute my grain of sand’

As he looks back over what he’s accomplished in two-and-a-half decades as a judge, Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez is modest.


Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday

A task force on orca recovery, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, will meet Tuesday in Wenatchee for the first time since the whales riveted the world’s attention, adding poignant urgency …