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Spokane-based Parrots Inc. named finalist for CTIA Wireless Foundation grant program

<p><p>Spokane-based Parrots Inc. was recently named a finalist for CTIA Wireless Foundation’s Catalyst grant program.</p></p><p><p>The grant program seeks to fund solutions that leverage 5G and wireless technologies to connect communities.</p></p><p><p>Parrots Inc. developed “Polly,” an artificially intelligent device that can be perched on a wheelchair or bedside.</p></p><p><p>When paired with a laptop or tablet, “Polly” provides a… ... Continue Reading

Killer vows to 'do whatever I can to make it hurt less' after mother of man shot in Airway Heights forgives him during emotional speech at sentencing

<p><p>The family of Jeffrey T. Hayes expressed being haunted by thoughts of his killing, but offered forgiveness to Shawn Cottingham, who pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and robbery in the first-degree in connection to Hayes’ death.</p></p><p><p>Judge Rachelle Anderson sentenced Cottingham, 32, to 23 years in prison.</p></p><p><p>Hayes, 48, <a href="https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/21/court-documents-two-people-involved-in-the-fatal-s" target="_blank">was found dead</a> in a vacant… ... Continue Reading

Man gets 20 years for killing 21-year-old at Hillyard McDonald's parking lot

<p><p>The man who shot and killed 21-year-old Christian Salazar in 2020 at a Hillyard McDonald’s parking lot will spend 20 years in prison.</p></p><p><p>A jury found Christian Robinson, who will turn 30 in August, guilty of second-degree murder last month. The first trial was declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict.</p></p><p><p>Spokane County… ... Continue Reading

'It's a war against women': Hundreds gather in downtown Spokane to protest overturning of Roe v. Wade

<p><p>Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Supreme Court opinion restricting abortions by overturning Roe v. Wade Friday, chanting “not the church, not the state, people must decide their fate” in downtown Spokane. </p></p><p><p>Deborah Hale, 71, grabbed a sign from organizers with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.</p></p><p><p>As people began to gather, Hale… ... Continue Reading

Driver sentenced to 5 years in connection to fatal drive-by shooting near NorthTown Mall

<p><p>Thurston Scanlon, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday in connection to a May 2021 drive-by shooting near NorthTown Mall that left 19-year-old Kash Amos dead.</p></p><p><p>Scanlon was the driver of the vehicle during the shooting that killed Amos.</p></p><p><p>Judge Annette Plese sentenced Scanlon to 60 months, with about 14 months already served, plus an additional… ... Continue Reading

Eastern Washington prepares for rise in abortion patients following Supreme Court ruling

<p><p>Leaders in Washington and abortion access supporters are expecting a sharp rise in the number of people crossing state lines to get an abortion as part of the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision reversing Roe v. Wade.</p></p><p><p>Gov. Jay Inslee joined Gov. Gavin Newsom of California and Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon in issuing a… ... Continue Reading

Corporations scrambling to determine what they'll cover in post-Roe reality

<p><p>The Walt Disney Co. said Friday it would cover employee travel expenses for abortions in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, the latest corporate giant to make the move as companies scramble to adjust to the new reality.</p></p><p><p>The benefit covers the cost of travel for “family planning” for any… ... Continue Reading

Local analysis: Supreme Court abortion decision shows conservative bent of justices likely to have widespread legislative effects

<p><p>The decision by the conservative bloc of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to strike down the constitutional right to an abortion will have ramifications well beyond the walls of the courtroom, local legal and political experts said. </p></p><p><p>By reversing decades of precedent, the court has effectively plotted an aggressively conservative course that, in addition… ... Continue Reading

Dow soars more than 800 points as Wall Street ends week on high note

<p><p>Stocks swelled Friday, lifting the Dow more than 800 points and giving Wall Street a badly needed win after weeks of tumult.</p></p><p><p>The S&amp;P 500 soared 3.1% to snap a three-week losing streak, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq surged 3.3%.</p></p><p><p>The Dow Jones industrial average spiked 826 points, or 2.7%.</p></p><p><p>The turnaround comes after the Federal Reserve has moved aggressively to raise interest rates and teed up further increases, signaling the central bank is serious about bringing down surging inflation that is weighing on businesses and consumers.</p></p><p><p>“Even though the market has started to recover, the concerns that caused the bear market are still with us, such as inflation, an aggressive Federal Reserve, high oil prices and geopolitical tensions,” Zach Stein, chief investment officer in Carbon Collective, said in a commentary Friday.</p></p><p><p>Oil prices rose Friday as supply continued to tighten. Brent crude, the international benchmark, jumped more than 2.5% and traded at $112 per barrel.</p></p><p><p>West Texas Intermediate crude, the main U.S. benchmark, climbed nearly 3% to $107 per barrel.</p></p><p><p>Still, that’s a significant pullback since last week, when both were hovering near $120.</p></p><p><p>“Oil prices typically decline during recessions and the oil market is pricing in rising recession risk,” Stein said.</p></p><p><p>Pump prices also fell, with the national average settling at $4.93 a gallon on Friday<span class="print_trim">, according to AAA. Last week, the average breached $5 for the first time.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">This week’s relief came despite growing pessimism about the state of the economy, particularly soaring prices and rising interest rates.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">In his two days of congressional testimony, Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell reiterated the central bank’s commitment to curbing soaring inflation with aggressive monetary policy, even in the face of a possible recession.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">Inflation continued to be of top concern to consumers, as prices of essential goods like gas continued to rise.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">A University of Michigan survey found that the consumer sentiment index fell to 50 in June, compared with May’s level of 58.4 and 85.5 a year ago.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">Rising inflation eroded living standards for consumers even when they expected a steady income flow. Many expressed concerns over deteriorating business conditions and overall economic uncertainty.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">As a result, they shifted away from services such as restaurants and tourism.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">“As higher prices become harder to avoid, consumers may feel they have no choice but to adjust their spending patterns, whether through substitution of goods or forgoing purchases altogether,” wrote Joanne Hsu, director of the surveys.</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">“The speed and intensity at which these adjustments occur will be critical for the trajectory of the economy,”</span></p></p><p><p><span class="print_trim">Unemployment also exceeded economists’ expectations. Initial jobless claims reached 229,000 last week per Department of Labor’s data released Thursday, 4,000 more than the consensus estimate, according to Charles Schwab’s derivative trading manager Robert Abraham</span>.</p></p> ... Continue Reading

Remote work could save firms $206 billion

<p><p>The rise of remote work could make the Federal Reserve’s task of taming inflation a bit easier, while saving employers more than $200 billion, according to new research.</p></p><p><p>That’s because workers are willing to accept smaller pay increases for the convenience of working from home.</p></p><p><p>In turn, that helps moderate business costs and slow what economists call… ... Continue Reading

More than 8 million Americans are late on rent as prices increase

<p><p>About 15% of U.S. renters aren’t caught up with their payments, according to Census Bureau data, and it’s about to get worse this summer as many leases come due and landlords boost prices.</p></p><p><p>That represents 8.4 million Americans who were struggling to pay their monthly rents during the June 1 to June 13 period of the… ... Continue Reading

Fed's Bullard says U.S. recession unlikely and expansion is in early stage

<p><p>Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said fears of a U.S. recession are overblown, as consumers are flush with cash built up during the Covid-19 pandemic and the expansion is in an early stage.</p></p><p><p>“I actually think we will be fine,” Bullard said in a speech in Zurich Friday. “It is a little… ... Continue Reading