Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It's Election Day! Plus: more details on the Texas gunman, morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM


NEWS: After the Inlander published a story saying Spokane's Center for Justice isn't supporting a ballot initiative aiming to protect from an oil-train catastrophe, executive director Rick Eichstaedt said he voted for the ballot measure anyway.

SPORTS: Meet WSU quarterback Luke Falk, the Pac-12's all-time passing leader.


click to enlarge Ideally, this is what Spokane-area ballot drop boxes should look like today. - CALEB WALSH ILLUSTRATION
Caleb Walsh illustration
Ideally, this is what Spokane-area ballot drop boxes should look like today.
Go vote!
It's Election Day, everyone. There are important races for city council, judge and the school board. Chances are, you haven't cast your ballot yet (only about 22 percent of ballots in Spokane have been turned in so far), so go ahead and do that today (polls close at 8 pm) before it's too late. (Spokesman-Review)

Check out the Inlander's election coverage here.

No special treatment
Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud and linebacker Kirk Calhoun are facing a charge of obstruction after they tried to prevent police from arresting their friend Saturday night in Cheney. Neither will play Saturday when the Eagles visit North Dakota. (KREM)

Child abuse in the Valley
A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man named Brandon Oquendo told deputies that he hit a baby only 21 months old in the back of the head because she passed in front of him while he played Xbox. The baby was sent to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with a collapsed lung and bleeding brain. (Spokesman-Review)

Texas killer's violent past
More details are emerging about the gunman who killed 26 people in a Texas church. In the years before the massacre, Devin Kelley beat his wife, cracked his toddler stepson's skull, abused his dog and was kicked out of the Air Force. Still, he should never have been able to buy the rifle he used in the shooting.

The Air Force admitted yesterday that it failed to enter his domestic violence history into a database that would have blocked Kelley from buying the gun. President Trump says tougher gun laws would not have stopped the shooting; when asked if he would entertain "extreme vetting" on guns, Trump got annoyed. (New York Times, Washington Post)

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Wilson Criscione

Wilson Criscione, born and raised in Spokane, is an Inlander staff writer covering education and social services in the Inland Northwest.