Coronavirus cases spike, Trump to release Middle East peace plan, and other headlines


NATION: The U.S. Supreme Court permitted the Trump administration to move ahead with plans
to deny green cards to immigrants who are thought to be likely to make use of public benefits like Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.


Peace plan
President Trump is expected to announce a long-awaited Middle East peace plan today that is expected to include a proposal to change Israel's borders to give it control of much of the Jordan Valley. Palestinian leaders, who no longer speak with Trump administration officials, will likely oppose the plan. (New York Times)

Escalating outbreak
The coronavirus is rapidly spreading, Chinese authorities said on Tuesday. The official count of known cases jumped nearly 60 percent overnight and the death toll has exceeded 100 for the first time. No deaths from the virus have been reported outside of China. (New York Times)

Inequity in death
Non-white Washingtonians die before the age of 65 at higher rates than White residents, a new Washington State University study of premature deaths found. (Spokesman-Review)

Final jab
One of former Spokane Mayor David Condon's final acts in office was to veto a proposal from the City Council in the hope that they would change it to allow the salaries and benefits of top-level city employees to be subject to independent oversight from the Salary Review Commission. But the City Council overrode his veto last night. (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.