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Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Scott:

Young Post Falls inventor meets his hero, Ellen DeGeneres, leaves with $25,000

Alexander Knoll, a 12-year-old inventor from Post Falls, grew emotional when he met his idol. Dressed in a suit and blue tie, the boy with red hair and freckles broke out in tears → Read More

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped one percentage point, to 5.2 percent, in April. That’s also one point below the April 2016 unemployment rate, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday. → Read More

New branding effort seeks to define Spokane as creative, natural and enterprising

Visit Spokane, the area’s tourism agency, will roll out a new branding campaign this year to boost buzz for the region and showcase the Spokane area’s identity and unique qualities. → Read More

Gonzaga students call on university to divest from fossil fuels

Joining a growing campaign on colleges campuses across the U.S., Gonzaga University student leaders are calling on the Spokane school to divest its $204 million endowment from fossil fuels. → Read More

LabCorp completes purchase of Spokane’s PAML

Just 10 weeks after announcing its intent to buy Spokane-based Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, LabCorp said Thursday it has completed the acquisition. → Read More

Dirty jeans, not dirt cheap

Perhaps you should hold off washing your dirty jeans this weekend. That grubby look is in, according to the style wizards at Nordstrom and other fashion houses. → Read More

Idaho firm’s key puts online security in a user’s hands

The Qkey, from Sandpoint-based uQontrol, is a chip-enabled device that plugs into any USB port and allows the owner to store credit-card information and access online shopping sites without sharing private data that can be stolen. → Read More

Sandpoint’s Quest Aircraft taps aviation veteran to lead company

Quest Aircraft Company in Sandpoint has named aviation veteran Robert H. Wells its new CEO. → Read More

Spokane region sees strong growth in jobs, labor force

Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose sharply in December to 6.3 percent, up from 5.6 percent in November, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday. → Read More

Workforce in Idaho near full employment as jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

The unemployment rate in Idaho ticked even lower in December, to 3.7 percent, after five straight months at 3.8 percent. A year ago the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 3.9 percent. → Read More

Global firm buys Liberty Lake energy storage company

A Liberty Lake company that makes energy storage systems for office buildings and other large electricity consumers has been acquired by Enel, a global energy giant based in Rome. → Read More

Spokane-based etailz Inc. announces layoffs

Spokane-based etailz Inc. is laying off 8 percent of its employees under a restructuring, the company said Thursday. → Read More

Gee Automotive acquires Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Oregon

Gee Automotive Companies, the regional auto dealership group founded in Spokane, will become one of the largest dealership groups on the West Coast with the acquisition of Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Portland, Oregon. → Read More

Post-election, pot is one toke over the stateline for most of Idaho

Idaho is an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier. The state shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, made even friendlier Tuesday with victories for looser marijuana laws in Nevada and Montana. → Read More

Kootenai County sheriff headed to 2nd term, Bingham leads in commission race

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger appeared poised to win re-election Tuesday as he jumped to a big lead in early results over challenger Tina Kunishige of Coeur d’Alene. Wolfinger had 79 percent of the vote in the first returns released late Tuesday night. → Read More

Court testimony: Hutto admitted being present at Kirk homicide

David E. Hutto admitted to investigators he was present when William “Bo” Kirk was killed on Oct. 22, according to court testimony unsealed by a judge Monday. → Read More

Armed man shoots self outside Post Falls megachurch

A man shot himself in the chest outside a Post Falls megachurch Sunday while hundreds of worshippers were on lockdown inside a nearby building. → Read More

N. Idaho doctor knew nothing of stripper wife's drug empire

Dr. Stanley Toelle and his wife Loren Toelle lived in different worlds, linked at the least by his money and her ambition and appetite for fun. → Read More

Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of stripper wife’s drug empire

Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in a multistate drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise that distrubuted heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Missoula and other cities. → Read More

Hayden man arrested on gun charge lived in same house as Bo Kirk’s alleged killer

A Hayden man in federal custody on a weapons violation resides at the home searched by police Friday in connection with the William “Bo” Kirk homicide, records show. → Read More