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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Federal report faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on safety

Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

California patient is fourth U.S. case of new virus from China

Health officials in Los Angeles County have confirmed a fourth U.S. case of the new pneumonia-like virus from China.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Goverment OKs Boeing 737 Max 8 approval process, , despite two fatal crashes

A government committee that reviewed how the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new passenger planes for flight has determined that the system is safe and effective, despite two deadly crashes involving …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Uber to let riders use PIN codes to help identify right car

Uber is offering riders a four-digit PIN code to help ensure they’re getting into the right car.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

What’s in a dam? National report cites high hazards near Spokane, but none are threatening life, property

State officials say a recent national investigation on the status of one portion of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – dams – should be a wake-up call to the region about …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Nerf gun, Power Rangers claw cited by toy safety watchdog

A high-powered Nerf gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys on a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Safety board considers cause of jet’s fatal engine blow-out

Federal safety officials say Boeing should redesign part of the casing on some engines to prevent the kind of accident that occurred when engine debris blew out a window on …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Seahawks place starting safety Tedric Thompson on injured reserve

The Seahawks placed starting free safety Tedric Thompson on injured reserve on Wednesday, the fourth significant injury at the position this month.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

After surviving offseason shooting, Eastern Washington safety Dehonta Hayes plays like there’s no tomorrow

There’s a 9-millimeter bullet lodged inside Dehonta Hayes’ neck. It’s not coming out.


Former Detroit Tigers catcher Bill Freehan one of many ex-athletes feeling the long-term effects of concussions

At a recent birthday celebration in their Vinegar Flats neighborhood, Rick Freehan sat on a sofa next to his wife, Carole, and chatted about typical neighborhood topics. A sighting of …


Two hired to oversee safety and transportation at Spokane Public Schools

Spokane Public Schools will be relying on two retirees with a combined six decades of experience to oversee its safety and transportation departments on an interim basis following the sudden …


Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Matt Calkins: ‘It’s not football anymore’ – Are NFL safety rules going too far? Some Seahawks believe so

While watching a game Saturday night, one of the most ferocious hitters in Seahawks history weighed in on his area of expertise.


Tesla’s Model 3 safety claims called ‘misleading’ by federal agency

The National Highway Transportation Safety Association has taken Tesla to task, sending the electric carmaker a cease-and-desist letter regarding Tesla’s claims about the federal agency’s safety rating of the Model …


Helmet maker rounds out football portfolio with new headgear

The company that produces the top-rated helmet for NFL players and introduced a youth version of the headgear is rolling out a version for flag football.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless

The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is …


Montana Rail Link gets $3.5M grant to design safety system

Montana Rail Link has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant to design a safety system for a railway between southern Montana and northern Idaho.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Two mumps cases confirmed at Eastern Washington University in Cheney

Two students who live off-campus have confirmed cases of the virus, which is making a comeback amid declining vaccination rates. Classes are occurring as scheduled at the school in Cheney, …


Safe Havens executive director surprised by lack of armed security in Spokane schools

The contentious issue of arming campus resource officers in Spokane Public Schools just returned to the front burner, following the recommendation from a national expert to do just that.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Consumer Reports: Tesla automated lane changes are risky

Consumer Reports says a new feature of Tesla’s Autopilot that automatically changes lanes doesn’t work well and could be a safety risk to drivers.


Report: Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recalls

One out of six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to ‘check your ride’

Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they’re getting into the right vehicles.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

U.S. finds “severe” problems in Alabama prisons

Alabama has the nation’s deadliest prisons, where violence is “too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive” the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

U.S. safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia fires

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has decided to open two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after getting complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Sparking car catches fire; flames spread to second vehicle

Two cars burst into flames Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but no one was hurt.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

First lady visits Microsoft to discuss online safety for kids

Politics took a back seat during first lady Melania Trump’s trip to Microsoft on Monday to learn about the company’s work on accessibility and online safety for children.


Study finds some users think marijuana can sober you up enough to drive. Wrong, says the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

A new traffic study sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that one out of every 10 survey respondents admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before driving.


How can I stay safe when decorating for the holidays?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, decorating mishaps send nearly 15,000 people to the emergency room each year.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018

Body discovered near Santa Clara, Calif. stadium where Spokane 49ers fan disappeared

A body was discovered a few miles away from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where a U.S. Army veteran from Spokane disapeared during a football game.