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UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:48 a.m.

Hoopfest agrees to stay in Spokane after city officials tentatively agree to pay 65% of security costs

The city of Spokane is planning to cover 65% of Hoopfest’s public safety costs over concerns the famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament could leave downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

Spokane City Council defers proposal to not join new emergency communications system

The Spokane City Council voted to defer a proposal that would have kept the city out of a new emergency communications system during a special meeting Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

Is it time for Spokane to redesign its Expo-era flag? Kate Burke thinks so

As Spokane transforms many of its Expo ’74 era icons, one council member believes it’s also time for a new flag.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

City Council to vote on joining new emergency communications system

Spokane City Council will likely vote to stay out of a new regionwide emergency communications system – a center many of the other fire departments in the region have agreed …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Spokane Public School students to get free bus passes this summer

Spokane Public School students will soon have a way to use many of the city’s free services, regardless of what neighborhood they live in after the Spokane City Council approved …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor warns veterans not to act as mob against radicals

Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American …


Crowded Spokane City Hall field leads filings for August primaries

All of the races for political positions in the city of Spokane will have competitive primaries, with four races attracting 25 candidates at the filing deadline Friday afternoon. Incumbents in …


Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Seven candidates file for the city’s two top positions on the first day of filing week

Seven candidates have filed for the City of Spokane’s two top positions on the first day of filing.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes pedestrian safety plan

Under the new law, the city would install accessible pedestrian signals with auditory instructions at every signalized intersection by 2025.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves Lime scooters’ return in May

Scooters will return to Spokane in just a few weeks after the Spokane City Council approved a contract with Lime, a California-based bike and scooter sharing company.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor

One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition …


Condon says City Council decision nixing Union Gospel land deal risks $1 million grant to keep pollutants out of Spokane River

Spokane’s mayor asked City Council to reconsider a land deal with Union Gospel Mission, saying the vote to back out of the deal could cost the city the grant that …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Spokane City Council nixes Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with Union Gospel Mission after the public, and council members said they were concerned the city had made an unfair …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 9 a.m.

Spokane leaders vote to increase tree canopy to 30% by 2030

More trees will be planted in Spokane during the next decade to provide more shade during hot summer days and filter storm water.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to require baby changing stations in public city buildings

Baby changing stations will soon be available in bathrooms at City Hall, after the Spokane City Council approved a plan to install them later this year.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Service Center for low-income, homeless opens Tuesday

People on the brink of homelessness, struggling to re-enter society after incarceration or access basic health care now have a one-stop shop where they can quickly get services, without having …


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

City considers requiring businesses to update outdated heated sidewalks

Two months after a dog was electrocuted on a heated sidewalk, the Spokane City Council is considering a new law that would require local businesses to update heated sidewalks to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

City raises almost $20,000 from anti-panhandling program; 25% goes to SNAP

The City of Spokane donated 25% of the nearly $20,000 gathered through a program that encourages people to donate to homeless services instead of panhandlers, to local nonprofit SNAP.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Collective bargaining transparency, income tax ban sought by pro-business group at Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday will hear two initiatives submitted by Better Spokane, a fiscally conservative group that supports business-friendly political candidates. One would prevent the city from enacting …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Nadine Woodward running for Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward, the recently retired Spokane news anchor, is running for Spokane mayor.


Officials say opening City Hall to the public won’t change anything

A new law opening City Hall to the public without setting a time limit won’t change day-to-day operations or turn the building into a de facto daytime homeless shelter, officials …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:06 a.m.

Spokane city leaders may buy homeless shelter to keep it open year-round

As the city’s $1.3 million warming center program winds down, city leaders are looking to purchase an emergency shelter to increase the number of shelter beds permanently.


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Under new law, City Hall open to the public with no time limit

Spokane City Hall will now officially be open to the public without a time limit after the City Council approved the hotly debated proposal Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Spokane City Council tosses helmet requirement for bicyclists, scooter riders using Lime

People riding scooters rented through apps such as Lime will no longer be able to ride on downtown sidewalks. But they won’t be required to wear helmets under a new …


Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Retiring Spokane park director Leroy Eadie was the first in his family to go to college. He pushed his mom to get a degree, too.

Leroy Eadie is retiring after spending more than two decades with the city and 10 years leading Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department.