Latest Spokane News

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Phases story

Apr. 11, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story April 10, 2021, about business organizations urging Gov. Jay Inslee to delay a decision to return some counties to more restrictive coronavirus standards, The Associated Press erroneously reported nearly 3.8 million people in the state had received one...

Senate passes bill to prevent and fight wildfires

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington. The bill, promoted by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, passed Friday in Olympia. House Bill 1168 now heads back to the...

Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi declares for NBA draft

Apr. 09, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft Friday and will skip his senior season. The school said Ayayi will hire an agent and pursue a professional career. “My four years at Gonzaga have been unforgettable and some...

Officials: 6 sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

Apr. 05, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Six Washington residents have become ill in an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins, state health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting...

Tri-Cities rancher pleads guilty to cattle scam

Apr. 01, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Tri-Cities cattle rancher has pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison for a scam involving cattle that did not exist. Defense attorneys contended Wednesday that Cody Easterday started...

'My soul is lighter': Serial killer's death brings closure

Mar. 31, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III died in U.S. prison recently, having admitted to slaughtering seven people — including five children — in Idaho, Washington state, Montana and California. Some question whether Duncan, whose victims...

State's 1st federal mass vaccination site opens in Yakima

Mar. 31, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Just in time for the asparagus harvest that will employ large numbers of farm workers, the federal government has opened a mass COVID-19 vaccination center in Yakima in the center of Washington state's agricultural region. The state's first federal...

Elite 8 matchup pits coaches succeeding in family business

Mar. 28, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

The matchup between Arkansas' Eric Musselman and Baylor's Scott Drew in the South Region final Monday night features coaches who've built on their dads' successes. Musselman's late father, Bill, coached at Minnesota in the early 1970s and made stops at the highest and...

North Idaho expands vaccine access because of lack of demand

Mar. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A decline in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in far North Idaho has prompted officials to open access to all people 16 and older, meanwhile demand remains strong in neighboring Spokane County in Washington state and supplies are still limited. ...

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting woman with knife

Mar. 24, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office says a Spokane corrections officer was justified in killing a 70-year-old woman brandishing a knife in the lobby of the Spokane County Jail. The Spokesman-Review reports Nancy King had repeatedly rung the...