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Trespassers find body in abandoned home south of Spokane

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

VALLEYFORD, Wash. (AP) — A woman being held in the Whitman County Jail recently told law enforcement officers that she found a body in the garage of an abandoned-looking home in Valleyford, which is just south of Spokane. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies then searched the property and found the...

Schools in Washington state, Idaho report COVID-19 outbreaks

Oct. 19, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several school districts in Washington state and Idaho have chosen not to report COVID-19 cases at their schools since opening in August, painting an incomplete picture of how the virus is affecting students. Among the largest districts in Spokane County and Kootenai County in Idaho,...

Feds: Washington nuclear operator to develop new plants

Oct. 15, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government has chosen the operator of a nuclear power plant near Richland to help develop the next generation of nuclear energy facilities, raising the possibility of a new reactor in central Washington state. The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced that Energy...

State Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, left, poses for a photo Oct. 6, 2020, in Federal Way, Wash. State Treasurer Duane Davidson, right, poses for a photo Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Pellicciotti, a Democrat, is challenging Davidson, a Republican and the incumbent, in the upcoming election for state treasurer. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Davidson battles challenger Pellicciotti for treasurer job

Oct. 7, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — State Treasurer Duane Davidson is a rare and endangered species as he seeks re-election in a race against Democrat Mike Pellicciotti. Davidson is one of only two Republicans, along with Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who hold statewide office in Washington. He’s the only...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Culp an atypical GOP candidate for Washington governor

Oct. 5, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Loren Culp is not the typical Republican running to become governor of Washington. Unlike most previous GOP candidates for the state’s top office, Culp, 59, is a first-time politician. The police chief of the tiny town of Republic in eastern Washington was relatively unknown...

Critics vow to continue efforts to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 5, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups are vowing to continue their fight to remove four dams on the Snake River in Washington state they say are killing salmon that are a key food source for endangered killer whales. But instead of working with federal agencies, conservationists intend to seek removal...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. Washington state agriculture workers have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set north of Seattle near the Canadian border, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

Search underway for murder hornets nest in Washington state

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets — also known as murder hornets — amid concerns they could kill honey bees crucial for pollinating raspberry and blueberry crops. Evidence of six of...

Correction: Native American Lawmaker-Team Name story

Sep. 29, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story September 22, 2020, about legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools in Washington state, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Democratic state Rep. Debra Lekanoff was the first Native American woman elected to the state House of...

US Marshals shoot and wound a man in Spokane neighborhood

Sep. 29, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man has been taken to the hospital after U.S. marshals shot him in Spokane, according to a U.S. Marshals Service official. Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington Gavin Duffy said its fugitive task force on Monday afternoon was trying to arrest 42-year-old...

2 Spokane cops shoot, kill man they were trying to arrest

Sep. 25, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police say two Spokane officers shot a man to death Thursday afternoon while trying to arrest him. Police went to a motel to arrest the man, who was suspected on Monday of breaking into his ex’s residence and firing a weapon, and on Wednesday assaulting that person, among...