Condon questions 'housing first' effectiveness, farmers' allegiance to Trump waivers in trade war, and other headlines


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Condon questions housing first effectiveness
In a postmortem of city homelessness policy that included a major push for "housing first," Spokane Mayor David Condon says more restrictions such as requiring participation in substance use treatment might be necessary, as is a regional effort to address the issue, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Spokane billboards question vaccines
Billboards from Informed Choice Washington are encouraging people to "educate before you vaccinate" in response to the state eliminating most exemptions for vaccines that prevent deadly diseases, KXLY reports.

Farm bankruptcies up as China trade dispute continues
Some farmers who've been standing with President Trump despite being hit hardest by his trade war with China are now changing their minds about sticking with him as consequences continue to get worse, the New York Times reports. 

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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...