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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Attorneys representing 2,000 local governments, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reach settlement

Attorney Paul Farrell says in a text message Wednesday that they have agreed to a deal in which Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue would pay up to $12 billion and have the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the antitrust scrutiny of big …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

States sue to stop $26.5 billion Sprint, T-Mobile deal

A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm.


Recreational, medical marijuana initiatives on fall ballots

Nine states have legalized marijuana for so-called recreational use since 2012, including eight at the ballot box. Thirty-one states have authorized the drug for medical purposes. Four states have marijuana …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Eleven states launch investigation targeting fast-food hiring practices

Eleven state attorneys general – Oregon’s among them – are launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

States seek to lure Delta as Georgia moves ahead on threat

Some states are taking advantage of a dispute between Georgia and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines over the company’s decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, urging the airline …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Should states ban abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed?

An Ohio bill, if it were to become law, would ban abortions in cases where a pregnant woman has had a positive test result or prenatal diagnosis indicating Down syndrome.


Tech firm Lenovo to pay $3.5M in settlement over preloaded software

A technology company will pay $3.5 million and change how it sells laptop computers as part of a settlement reached with federal officials and 32 states, including Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Lyft extends service throughout 32 states

The much smaller Lyft announced Thursday that it is offering service to passengers in every corner of 32 U.S. states, including hard-to-reach rural areas. The move boosts the number of …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Civil Rights Act, July 5, 1964


Robert J. Samuelson: Medicaid needs long-term solution

Doesn’t Medicare – not Medicaid – cover the elderly and disabled? Well, yes, but there’s a giant omission: nursing home and other long-term care. Medicaid covers these for the poor …


James Greiff: Zinke defies GOP on federal lands

Ryan Zinke grew up hunting and fishing in Montana and sees the value in making sure that what’s public stays public.


Coverage for most people, a scramble for states

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court settled the legal argument over health care today. Now people in the United States will find out if President Barack Obama’s overhaul can work as …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2012, 7:56 a.m.

Mortgage abuse settlement will direct $750 million to Northwest homeowners

U.S. states have reached a $25 billion deal with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst. Federal and state officials announced the …


State higher education spending sees big decline

MIAMI — State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.