NEWS: A human trafficking crime in San Antonio over the weekend has claimed the lives of at least nine people. A total of 39 people, suffering from heatstroke and dehydration, were packed into a tractor-trailer when it was discovered in a Walmart parking lot. The truck's driver was taken into custody and will be charged. (via New York Times)
NEWS: Spokane County Democrats face more PDC problems.
WHAT'S UP? This week's event highlights include concerts from Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at the Fox, Parker Millsap at the Bartlett, and the return of Unifest to downtown Spokane.
IN OTHER NEWS
President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner denied colluding with Russian officials before a closed-door meeting with Senate investigators this morning. Kushner is a central piece of the Trump-Russia puzzle. (Washington Post)
No relief from fires
Multiple fires are burning in western Montana as Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency. The Lodgepole Complex, the state's largest fire, has burned about 226,000 acres and consumed a dozen homes in the northeastern part of the state. Closer to home, evacuations were ordered in Stevens County as a 200-acre wildfire burns near the town of Hunters. (The Missoulian, Montana Standard, Spokesman-Review)
No resolution in Olympia
Washington legislators have left the state capital without resolving a rural water-rights dispute or addressing a $4 billion construction budget. (The Olympian)
Phelps vs. shark? Not so much
U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps, a 23-time gold medalist, didn't actually race a great white shark last night; people who tuned into the Discovery Channel to watch the much-hyped spectacle aren't real happy about it. (New York Times)