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Jeff Holy and Jessa Lewis

In Washington's Sixth Legislative District, which covers much of south, west and north Spokane, the incumbent senator, Michael Baumgartner, is vacating his seat to run for Spokane County treasurer. That has set up a state Senate race that features a Spokane state representative and a health care advocate.

A Washington state senator who says he’s heard from “literally hundreds of parents” of adult children who are struggling with mental illness or addiction wants to allow families to petition for temporary guardianship.

Candidate Lisa Brown Courts College Students

Oct 3, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

On Tuesday, when Cathy McMorris Rodgers was welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Spokane, her opponent was courting college students.

Lisa Brown visited Spokane Falls Community College Tuesday for a noon hour gathering, part of a series of college visits for the former chancellor of Washington State University Spokane.

Pence Stumps For McMorris Rodgers in Spokane on Tuesday

Oct 2, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Vice President Mike Pence wowed Spokane Republicans during a 35-minute speech at the Convention Center late this afternoon. Pence made a brief stop to speak at a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

A year ago this month, Carla Tolle’s 13-year-old grandson Edgar Vazquez was shot and killed by a friend while they played at the friend’s grandfather’s house in Kelso, Washington.

You're forgiven if you missed the fact that Congress failed to renew the federal Farm Bill before the September 30 deadline. But people in farm country around the Pacific Northwest noticed.

Spokane Council Approves Lease For EnVision Center

Oct 1, 2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Spokane City Council approved a lease agreement last night [Monday] for a new downtown “one-stop” social services site.

The Envision Center would be located on one floor of a building at 130 South Arthur. It has about 20,000 square feet, enough room to give space to several agencies that provide services to homeless and low-income people.

Gonzaga Launches New Civil Rights Center

Oct 1, 2018
Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University has formally launched a new Center for Civil and Human Rights. The center is affiliated with the law school. It was announced during a conference about the legal profession’s role in civil rights activism last Friday.

Associated Press

President Trump today [Monday] awarded the Medal of Honor to a Washington Army medic who saved the lives of several colleagues during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2008.

The president placed the medallion around the neck of Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer during a ceremony in the White House this afternoon.

A Western Washington chapter of the Boy Scouts is preparing to welcome girls to scouting with a "boot camp" just for teenage girls this coming weekend.

The idea behind the two-night campout is to familiarize girls with scouting skills and prepare them for leadership. As of next year, the Boy Scouts will establish separate all-female and all-male troops.