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Crash > Click > Cash

Lawyers and chiropractors already have your name, your address and the police report from your car accident — and they want you to hire them
Lacey Hendrix never told attorney Craig Swapp about the accident. She'd never met him.

Starting Small

A village of tiny houses in Spokane Valley could serve as a model for fighting homelessness in the region
When Dusty Hester looks at a tiny house, she sees more than that. She sees another chance.

Drastic Action

Spokane among seven school districts sued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction; plus, trio of police-chief finalists are in town
SUING SCHOOLS It's no secret that State Superintendent of Public Instruction RANDY DORN is frustrated with the state Legislature for not amply funding basic education, as mandated by the Washington Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision.

Chorus of Critics

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the most powerful members of Congress; her challengers say that makes her part of the problem
Dave Wilson tries not to spend so much time on people's doorsteps. In March of last year he got an early start on his second bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, an entrenched incumbent representing Eastern Washington, by introducing himself to voters.

Bitter Pills?

Two county jail doctors recently left; one says the contract with a for-profit health care provider leaves inmates without quality care
Spokane County Detention Services Director John McGrath tried for two years to replenish a depleted medical staff with no success. Earlier this year, when three nurses quit, he was left with a staff too small to cover all the shifts, and was faced with a tough decision: let the wound fester or put a bandage on it.

Waiting Game

(Most) statewide initiatives meet filing deadline; plus, ex-Spokane police chief again draws a paycheck
VERIFY AND QUALIFY People wanting to change state laws flooded into the Washington Secretary of State's Elections Division last week with big boxes full of signatures.

Battle in the 6th

A four-term Republican legislator steps down and puts a district in play
It looks like a claw reaching out to grab the city of Spokane, and it could tip the balance of power in Washington state politics. The 6th Legislative District wraps around Spokane from the west, encompassing parts of the South Hill and North Indian Trail.

One Shot

A former Eastern Washington University football player watched his future crumble when he was charged with a murder he didn't commit
LaShawn Jameison got his first tattoo when he was 15. On the inside of his right forearm, in scrawling black ink, is his mother's name: Shawnta.

Test Anxiety

Attitudes about cannabis have shifted, but when it comes to the workplace, change has been slower
If you've ever been in the job market, you've probably read words similar to these: Drug Free Workplace. Pre-Employment Drug Screening Required.

Drug Money

Money from the marijuana taxes is beginning to trickle down from the state to local cities
When the city of Spokane decided how to spend all the money it's making on marijuana sales, it chose to pay for a police officer. Appropriately, Officer Mike Roberge is tasked with marijuana and liquor enforcement.

Seeds of Change?

Unlike its neighbors to the west, Idaho has resisted loosening its cannabis laws. Could that be changing?
On one side of an imaginary line, adults are mostly free to possess and consume cannabis. But on the other side, the same activities can result in arrest, court dates and a criminal record.

Too Much Green

The lack of banking services has forced pot transactions to be handled with cash, and that can be a problem
Whether on the street or at a store, one thing hasn't changed when it comes to buying weed. You'll need some cash.

Think of the Children

Pot is legal. That doesn't mean more kids are smoking it; it also doesn't mean they should
Acceptance of marijuana is growing — like a weed, some might say. As we get further and further away from that fateful day in July 2014 when the first weed shop in Spokane opened its doors, smoking, vaping and ingesting marijuana gets more and more normal.

Lane Ends Ahead

Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
Elayna Burrows-Gust was 5 when she tried to cross North Monroe Street with her mom and her 7-year-old brother. There are five lanes on the mile-long stretch of North Monroe between the crest of the hill at Kiernan and Indiana avenues, a 30-mile-an-hour-zone that drivers sometimes treat like a 40.

A Second Look

Court of Appeals clarifies state law awarding wrongfully convicted people compensation; plus, what is Just Want Privacy hiding?
WHAT'S A YEAR IN PRISON WORTH? In a well-known wrongful conviction case that originated in Spokane Valley, the Washington State Court of Appeals has refined what is required of WRONGFULLY CONVICTED individuals to prove in order to get paid under state law.

Downstream

Single-stream was supposed to make recycling and waste disposal more economical in Spokane and CdA, but the global market is changing that
The transition is complete.

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