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By Roger Harnack

Business leaders, others protest quarantine

Cheney woman credited for planning Spokane event


Last updated 4/23/2020 at 1:09pm

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Business owner Derek Babcock and wife Nancy Taylor-Babcock of Cheney were among the protesters.

SPOKANE -- More than 300 people turned out shortly after lunch Wednesday, April 22, to tell Gov. Inslee to reopen the state now.

As the crowd grew at the corner of North Lincoln Street and West Spokane Falls Boulevard, traffic increased as well.

Dozens of cars and pickups started circling the area, the drivers honking continuously.

The rally was organized by Patti Usselman, who lives in the Clear Lake area between Cheney and Medical Lake.

"It's important," she said of the message she and others were sending to Gov. Jay Inslee. "My business is closed; I'm not able to work."

Her business, Pat...

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