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The Dirt: Jubilant HollisterStier moves forward with plant expansion

<p><p>Pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubiliant HollisterStier is moving forward with the next phase of its plant expansion in east Spokane.</p></p><p><p>Spokane-based NAC Architecture filed a predevelopment application with the city on behalf of Jubilant HollisterStier to build a 147,200-square-foot addition to the west end of the company’s existing plant at 3525 N. Regal St.</p></p><p><p>The addition will house a… ... Continue Reading

Providence plans to reimburse Medicaid recipients who were mistakenly charged for care

<p><p>Providence Health &amp; Services will reimburse the hundreds of Medicaid patients whose accounts were sent to debt collectors when they didn’t pay, the Renton, Washington-based health care provider with hospitals in Spokane announced last week. </p></p><p><p>Citing an “unintended error,” Providence’s chief financial officer said in a statement the nonprofit would be reaching out to the… ... Continue Reading

Republicans hopeful with Smiley Senate run, but likely face an uphill battle against longtime senator Murray

<p><p>There’s no doubt that Republicans are underdogs when trying to capture statewide office in Washington. They haven’t won an election for governor since 1980. They haven’t won a race for U.S. Senate since 1994. They hold no statewide offices.</p></p><p><p>But this year, state and national Republicans believe Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is vulnerable in her November… ... Continue Reading

Death is anything but a dying business as private equity cashes in

<p><p>Private equity firms are investing in health care <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2769544">from cradle</a> to grave, and in that latter category quite literally. A small but growing percentage of the funeral home industry – and the broader <a href="https://2016.export.gov/build/groups/public/@eg_main/@byind/@healthtech/documents/webcontent/eg_main_113189.pdf">death care</a> market – is being gobbled up by private equity-backed firms attracted by high profit margins, predictable income, and… ... Continue Reading

They were entitled to free care. Instead, hospitals hounded them to pay.

<p><p>In 2018, senior executives at one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital chains, Providence, were frustrated. They were spending hundreds of millions of dollars providing free health care to patients. It was eating into their bottom line.</p></p><p><p>The executives, led by Providence’s chief financial officer at the time, devised a solution: a program called Rev-Up.</p></p><p><p>Rev-Up provided… ... Continue Reading

Jacob Thorpe: Washington State's win over Cal shows collapse won't be commonplace for this year's Cougs

<p><p>Fans can be forgiven for the sense of collective unease that settled on Martin Stadium early in the fourth quarter of Washington State’s homecoming game against California.</p></p><p><p>Fresh off one fourth-quarter collapse in Pullman last week, and with such a history for giving up late leads that “Coug it” can be found in regional newspapers at least as far back 2003, only the most optimistic denizens of Cougar Country did not get a little nervous when the Golden Bears scored their first touchdown of the game to pull within five points with 13 minutes left to play.</p></p><p><p>In such situations, any potential weakness is chronic and all of them are universalized. Is conditioning the issue? Does the team not have enough depth? Are the players mentally tough enough to make key plays at the end of a close game?</p></p><p><p>The subtext to each question, of course, is: Are we doomed to watch this team give away fourth-quarter leads for the rest of the season?</p></p><p><p>The fans need not have worried.</p></p><p><p>Cameron Ward and the WSU offense matched Cal’s quick touchdown drive with one of their own, just like Cal by hitting back-to-back passes of more than 30 yards, including the 37-yard touchdown to Renard Bell to provide some cushion.</p></p><p><p>The defense similarly reasserted itself, forcing an immediate three-and-out and effectively ending Cal’s realistic chances of a comeback. Just to be safe, the offense added another touchdown and suddenly the Cougars were cruising to an easy 28-9 victory.</p></p><p><p>By shutting the door on the visiting Golden Bears, the Cougars proved the manner of last week’s loss to be an aberration. In truth, the Cougars were a little lucky to be up on the visiting Ducks, who were ranked No. 15 at the time and finished with 196 more yards than WSU.</p></p><p><p>WSU may have a talent advantage over the visiting Golden Bears, but not a significant one. Certainly not the same talent gap that Oregon had over the Cougars a week earlier. If WSU lacked the conditioning or capable bench players to compete for all four quarters, Cal surely would have been able to expose it</p></p><p><p>.</p></p><p><p>The Cougars are 4-1 heading into the brunt of their Pac-12 schedule. Though it was called homecoming, Saturday’s game was more of a sendoff as the team embarks on back-to-back road trips to USC and Oregon State. They’ll get a bye after that, sure, but then return to Pullman to host the Pac-12’s most physical team: Utah.</p></p><p><p>Winning any one of those three games would keep the Cougars on track to handily qualify for the postseason with four winnable games left on the schedule. Heading into this season, a bowl game in Jake Dickert’s first full year at the helm was an easy marker of success.</p></p><p><p>More wins than the six needed to qualify is easily on the table. The only way WSU does not make a bowl game would be a second-half collapse. As the Cougars showed Saturday, this team is not prone to late collapses.</p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"> <!--[teaser id=1006726]--></span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"> <!--[teaser id=1006679]--></span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"> <!--[teaser id=1006724]--></span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"> <!--[teaser id=1006725]--></span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"> <!--[teaser id=1006708]--></span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim"><!--[teaser id=1006730]--></span></p></p> ... Continue Reading

'A lot of characters with character.' Members of Washington State's 1997 Rose Bowl team return for 25-year reunion

<p><p>PULLMAN – Bill Doba’s Friday excursion began at 1 a.m. Pacific Time. There was a 45-minute drive from his lake home in southern Michigan to the regional airport in South Bend, Indiana, a short flight to Minneapolis, a four-hour layover, a three-hour flight to Spokane and a 90-minute drive to Pullman.</p></p><p><p>Doba, now 82 years old,… ... Continue Reading

The U.S. Postal Service holds massive hiring event to fill 2,000 positions in Washington

<p><p>The U.S. Postal Service is looking to recruit more than 2,000 workers in Washington as part of a massive hiring event to fill vacant positions before the holiday season.</p></p><p><p>The post office held job fairs Thursday and Friday at 103 post offices in the state, including four in the Spokane area.</p></p><p><p>“I think since COVID, we’ve had… ... Continue Reading

'Putin has lost this war': Jim Risch on Russia's escalation in Ukraine

<p><p>WASHINGTON – More than seven months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the Kremlin’s move to annex four provinces in eastern Ukraine on Friday doesn’t change the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has failed to meet his main objective of toppling the government in Kyiv.</p></p><p><p>“Putin has… ... Continue Reading

​​While UI faculty are warned against even talking about emergency contraception, WSU will offer emergency contraceptives in vending machine

<p><p>Separated by just 8 miles, Washington State University and the University of Idaho remain vastly different places. Now in the post-Roe v. Wade era, the differences are more apparent than ever.</p></p><p><p>This week, the University of Idaho warned faculty and staff that counseling students about abortion or contraception could lead to termination or result in a… ... Continue Reading

Man arrested after allegedly shooting toward his neighbor over Spokane Valley parking lot spat

<p><p>Deputies arrested a 53-year-old man for allegedly firing three shots at a neighbor over a parking space dispute Thursday night at a Spokane Valley apartment complex.</p></p><p><p>Deputies responded around 8:55 p.m. on the 2700 block of North Pines Road, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department news release. They found three spent rifle casings in the… ... Continue Reading

Final federal report on saving salmon calls breaching Snake dams a 'centerpiece action'

<p><p>The final draft of a federal report on rebuilding salmon and steelhead populations in the Pacific Northwest includes a call for removing the four lower Snake River dams, among other actions.</p></p><p><p>“To say I’m deeply disappointed by the Biden administration’s report … is an understatement,” Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said as the final draft was released… ... Continue Reading