Monday, February 26, 2018

Legislature partly shields own records, Weinstein Co. to file bankruptcy and other morning headlines

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Opaque transparency

The Washington State Legislature quickly pushed through a bill last week to shield some of their own records from disclosure under the state Public Records Act, while opening limited portions of their work to public records requests. Lawmakers sold the bill as increasing transparency, while journalists and open government groups pointed out that it was largely passed in response to a recent court ruling that would've subjected lawmakers to the same disclosure as other public agencies, and that it is far more restrictive than the rules that apply to the smallest city halls in the state.

Eat, share, feed
It's Inlander Restaurant Week, so if you go, remember to share your food pics on social media with #IRWRaveReviews to help out event beneficiary Second Harvest, which is the food bank to the food banks.


Taking it to the bank...ruptcy

The Weinstein Company is expected to file for bankruptcy after the company was sued in relation to dozens of allegations of sexual assault and harassment by cofounder Harvey Weinstein. (BBC)

New level of sanctuary
The mayor of Oakland, California, upped the ante on what it means to be a sanctuary city over the weekend when she warned people Immigration and Customs Enforcement might be preparing for raids in the city, effectively giving undocumented immigrants a heads up. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Authoritarian shift
China announced over the weekend that it's getting rid of presidential term limits, marking the largest in recent governmental shifts toward authoritarianism. (New York Times)

More officer involved shootings for Spokane
Last year, Spokane police were involved in more shootings than any other in the past 20 years. (Spokesman-Review)

Pullman schools offer new ways to submit safety tips
Parents and students in Pullman School District can now send in safety tips or concerns through text, phone call, email or online with the SafeSchools Alert program. (Daily Evergreen)

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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...