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Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

May. 25, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week with theft by...

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

May. 24, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud,...

Talks to modernize Columbia River Treaty to start on Tuesday

May. 22, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from the Northwest are praising the decision to start negotiations next Tuesday over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River. Democratic Sen. Maria...

Judge: School shooting suspect comments are admissible

May. 21, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Incriminating statements to law officers made by a student arrested after four people were shot at a Washington state high school last year will be admissible in upcoming court proceedings, a Spokane County judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Price made the decision in...

Judge says state must provide 1 day notice to kill wolves

May. 21, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County judge says the state of Washington must provide one business day of notice before killing any wolves. That's to give the public time to go to court to try and block the killings. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese on Friday also dismissed a lawsuit...

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

May. 13, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The eruption of a Hawaii volcano has people warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast. The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes from Washington state's Mount Baker to California's Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose...

Correction: West Coast Volcanoes-Q&A story

May. 13, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story May 12 about West Coast volcanoes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hawaii was part of the "Ring of Fire," a Pacific Ocean area prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to subducting tectonic plates, and that the eruption of Kilauea had experts eyeing...

Number of people who finish Bloomsday race falls again

May. 8, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Is the bloom off of Bloomsday? Turnout for Spokane's huge road race continued a downward trend this year, with the lowest number of finishers since 1985. The Spokesman-Review reports that preliminary estimates show 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the...

Audit finds mismanagement in Washington State athletics

May. 3, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An internal audit has found extensive mismanagement within the budget-challenged Washington State athletic department, including the possible inflation of home football attendance figures and the improper distribution of free tickets to football games. "The environment within...

Trump presents teaching award to educator of teen refugees

May. 2, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented the National Teacher of the Year award on Wednesday to a Washington state educator who gave him a stack of letters from some of the teenage refugees she teaches that talk about what coming to the U.S. has meant to them. Trump did not mention the types of...