Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey devastates Houston, judge tosses Prop 1 from Spokane ballot, morning headlines

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Construction at the site was stopped when excavation uncovered this vein of soil.

NEWS: Construction has been halted on a new behavioral health building at the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane after excavation work uncovered soil that was different than expected. 

Northwest Spokane's Excelsior Youth Center will get new roofing with help from a grant of more than $200,000.

NEWS: With the "immigration status" Proposition 1 tossed from the November ballot, read about what really constitutes a "sanctuary city."

NEWS: "If I had my wish and I could change one dynamic for the community today, for this community, it would be restricting the government's ability to take your driver's license away," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says. "You take away a driver's license, you take away a person's ability to be successful, to get a job."

WHAT'S UP? Looking for something to do this week? Try Guns N' Roses, Spoon, Pig Out in the Park, Fall Fest and First Friday, for starters.


Harrowing days following Harvey
Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Friday; by Sunday, at least five people had been reported dead in East Texas, with many others fighting to get to safety as floodwater turned Houston freeways into rivers and trapped people in vehicles and homes. Houston's hospitals are also becoming victims of the storm. (New York Times)

No more 'no vouchers accepted' in Spokane
Starting in September, Spokane landlords won't be able to say they don't accept vouchers as a source of income for tenant rent, but that doesn't mean they have to rent to people with vouchers if they don't meet other requirements, the Spokesman-Review's Rachel Alexander reports.

Pardon me, Mr. President
As the nation's attention was largely turned toward the impending storm about to hit Texas, President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday night for crimes that used "state power toward racist ends," James Fallows writes for The Atlantic.

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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...