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Spokane to remove bus benches with ads

SPOKANE, Wash. - Bad news for those who used to sit and wait for Spokane Transit Authority buses. Soon they may have to stand.

The city decided in October that all bus benches with advertising should be removed as part of a program to limit outdoor advertising in town.

That has sparked a fight between the city and Emerald Outdoor Advertising, which had the contract to provide the benches. The company hasn't removed its 223 signs, arguing that officials reneged on a pledge to create an open process for the decision.

Under the bench contract, Emerald paid the city $9,500 a year for the right to place the benches at bus stops. The company was responsible for buying, installing and maintaining them.

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