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Washington utilities regulators are asking Avista and the Ontario-based utility Hydro One for more information about how resignations by Hydro One leadership might affect their proposed merger.

Regardless of where you live in the Northwest, someone was there before you…but who?

From Bend, Oregon, to Ellensburg, Washington, there is a fire weather watch Friday for hot temperatures, low humidity and breezy weather.

A tall fence separating protesters from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland doesn’t have proper permits and is blocking a public sidewalks.

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Many of the inmates in the Spokane County jail are there because they missed a court date. Sometimes it was intentional, sometimes not. Sometimes a person was supposed to appear in court, but didn’t know that, and when he or she didn’t show, a judge would sign a warrant for that person’s arrest and an officer would go make that arrest and book them into jail.

Spokane County Public Defender Tom Krzyminski says it’s one reason why the facility is often so crowded.

“Ah ha” moments don’t happen very often for scientists, but world-renowned sleep researcher Hans Van Dongen at WSU Spokane experienced one recently.

One of Van Dongen’s emphases is looking at the physiological effects of working swing and graveyard shifts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to reduce operating hours at a border crossing between Danville, Washington, and Grand Forks, British Columbia, and residents in Ferry County, Washington aren’t pleased.


As regulators in several states decide on the fate of a proposed acquisition of Spokane-based Avista to Canadian power company Hydro One, opponents are organizing.

The Avista Customer group has concerns that the merger of the two companies may mean higher power rates down the road.

Boise Attorney Norm Semanko is representing that group.

He says both companies say the sale will benefit customers, but they haven’t indicated how costs will be allocated between the two utilities.

It’s the agony of modern day parents: how to find and afford decent child care. This has become such a problem, the Washington Legislature has created a task force to tackle the issue.

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Weather forecasters are warning Inland Northwest residents they may see lightning again tonight [Monday].

Ron Miller from the National Weather Service says the agency has issued a "Red Flag" warning for the Spokane area and northern Columbia Basin.