Former MP given fine and community service
Former Saeima MP Askolds Kļaviņš (Greens and Farmers Union) has been fined €9,948 and will serve 120 hours of community service for misuse of office as per a plea bargain with the prosecution, the office of Latvia's Prosecutor General told the press October 16.
Former cop suspected of money laundering, tax evasion
A former high ranking official of the State Police is suspected of serious criminality by the State Revenue Service (VID): namely large-scale money laundering and tax evasion of more than 200,000 euros, reports LSM's Latvian language service October 15.
Audit Office wants less red tape in teachers' pay system
Obscure, incomprehensible and non-transparent teachers’ pay system poses risks of the misuse of public funds and threatens the prestige of the profession, Latvian Auditor General Elita Krumina said after state auditors examined the management of government subsidies that are being provided to schools in Latvia’s municipalities.
Nordic Days are coming to Valmiera this week
On 11-14 October the northern city of Valmiera will be hosting the annual Nordic Days festival. Over several days Valmiera will be the venue of multiple seminars and discussions, exhibitions, film screenings, theater and musical performances. 
Song fest organizers sue ticket seller over surcharge
The Latvian National Center for Culture on October 4 started legal action against the Biļešu paradīze ticket service which applied a surcharge for selling tickets to the Latvian Song and Dance Festival this summer, the center's spokeswoman Linda Ertmane told LETA.
Right to armed resistance written into law
Should Latvia face a military attack, its inhabitants will have a legal right to armed resistance and to support civil and military partisan movements, according to amendments to National Security Law adopted by the parliament October 4.
Sevastova advances in Beijing
On October 5 Latvia's Anastastija Sevastova won Dominika Cibulková in two sets (6-3, 7-6 (7-5)), securing her place as Latvia's #1 in the WTA rankings. 
Rīga Airport plans to build new apron for €14.782 million
The Rīga International Airport plans to build a new apron (space for aircraft parking and manoeuvres) for €14.782 million plus value added tax, according to information published on the internet website of the Procurement Supervision Bureau.
Police search Rīga Transport offices over fraud
Rīgas Satiksme (Rīga Transport) municipal public transport company's offices are being searched by the police, the company's representative Baiba Bartasevica-Feldmane confirmed to LETA October 1. 
Download a new report on regional security
Anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms from geopolitical rumination following the recent Rīga Conference can get a fresh fix of regional security issues in a new publication launched at the event.
10 questions to: New Unity
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The thirteenth installment concerns the New Unity party.
Three people shot at health clinic
Three people were were shot at a private clinic in Aizpute district in south-western Latvia September 30, the, LETA news agency reported, citing information from the State Police.
Television tower to turn into major tourist attraction
Rīga's TV tower will turn into a major tourist attraction, sporting three sightseeing decks and a giant Foucault pendulum at its base, Jānis Bokta, the head of Latvian state’s joint-stock company Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) told LTV September 26.
"Fake news" is fine with Facebook in Latvia
Despite well-publicized public vows to crack down on the use of its social network for the dissemination of outright lies - so-called "fake news" - Facebook is in reality blase about the phenomenon in Latvia, reports the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica.