California wildfires ablaze again, shelters full amidst cold front, and other headlines

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Will any candidate for the Spokane school board change the gag order policy that prevents all members — except for the president — from talking to the media?

OPINION: Democratic state Sen. Andy Billig and Republican Spokane County Commissioner Al French write in a joint editorial opposing Initiative 976 that the measure threatens Spokane's regional transportation system.


IN OTHER NEWS...

Sunshine state ablaze
California is on fire again. Strong winds and strained wildfire fighting resources are fanning the flames. (New York Times)

Impeachment revelations
A decorated U.S. Army officer and White House national security official is slated to tell House impeachment investigators that he overheard President Trump's infamous phone call with the Ukrainian president and found the conversation so troubling that he reported it to a superior. (New York Times)

Cautionary tales
Spokane County commissioners are still looking into potentially privatizing the public defense office in an effort to cut costs and improve representation for legal defense. But staff in Snohomish County's nonprofit indigent defense organization cautions against the move. (Spokesman-Review)

At capacity
As the cold front moves in, many Spokane homeless shelters are full or are operating at above-capacity. (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.