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Man driving recklessly killed by Spokane County deputies

Nov. 23, 2020 3:50 PM EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County sheriff says one man has been fatally shot by a deputy in the city of Spokane Valley. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says a sheriff’s deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a reckless driver on Sunday evening. But the man continued driving, initiating a...

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. The Trump administration announced plans that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to publish the plans Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in the Federal Register as part of a process that could allow the plans to take effect shortly before Trump leaves office. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

Trump plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

Nov. 19, 2020 6:38 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to formally publish what are...

Public health officers under stress from COVID-19 pandemic

Nov. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials throughout the state have resigned or been fired in recent weeks as coronavirus case counts reach record highs. Experts say many in the profession are facing mounting political pressure and exhaustion from dealing with the pandemic. The Yakima Herald-Republic...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Gonzaga's Corey Kispert plays against San Francisco during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the West Coast Conference men's tournament in Las Vegas. Kispert has made The Associated Press 2020-21 preseason All-America team, announced Wednesday, Nov. 11. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Kispert, Ayayi lead No. 1 Gonzaga's quest for national title

Nov. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Corey Kispert believed Gonzaga would be playing for the national title at the end of last season, before the Bulldogs' championship aspirations were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. In the wake of the disruption, Kispert thought about saying goodbye to those dreams of a college...

Supreme Court to hear case involving public contract talks

Nov. 13, 2020 12:13 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether local governments should be able to require public contract negotiations. An attorney for Teamsters Local 690, which represents some Lincoln County law enforcement officers, said this week they would appeal a Nov. 3 ruling...

FBI investigating hack involving black students at Gonzaga

Nov. 12, 2020 11:41 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The FBI and Spokane police are now investigating an incident in which the Gonzaga University Black Student Union was hacked during a Zoom meeting and bombarded with racial and homophobic slurs. The incident occurred last Sunday during a virtual call among members of the Black Student...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash. When scientists destroyed the first nest of so-called murder hornets found in the U.S. recently, they discovered about 500 live specimens inside in various stages of development. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Destruction of murder hornets nest doesn't end threat

Nov. 10, 2020 6:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When scientists in Washington state destroyed the first nest of so-called murder hornets found in the U.S., they discovered about 500 live specimens in various stages of development, officials said Tuesday. Among them were nearly 200 queens that had the potential to start their own...

Spokane board fires chief health officer during pandemic

Nov. 6, 2020 9:51 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Despite a fast-rising number of coronavirus cases, the Spokane County Health Board has fired health officer Dr. Bob Lutz. The board voted 8-4 Thursday night in favor of firing Lutz, who was accused of insubordination against board administrator Amelia Clark. The Spokesman-Review...

Washington to manage wolves within borders after fed action

Nov. 2, 2020 11:31 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington will take over management of most wolves within its borders early next year, after the U.S. government announced Thursday that gray wolves in the Lower 48 states would be delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act. The Department of Fish and Wildlife and...

Spokane health officer is out of job in midst of pandemic

Oct. 30, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Many people in Spokane are wondering why county health officer Dr. Bob Lutz appears to be out of his job, which includes leading the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic. There are lots of questions about why Lutz is out, but few answers. The Spokesman-Review reports that the...