Inslee issues stay home order, Trump wants to ease social distancing measures, and other headlines

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NATION: The U.S. Supreme Court issued a series of rulings on Monday despite not being at the bench due to COVID-19.

COLUMN: The cruelest part of the coronavirus is that it cuts us off from community and solace.


Stay home
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a two-week-long "stay home" order last night, mandating that people stay home unless exercising outdoors, going to the grocery store, doctor's appointment, or work at an essential business. The order is similar to steps taken in California and other states. (Seattle Times)

Wealth over health
U.S. President Donald Trump, Wall Street executives, and many conservative economists are questioning whether the government has gone too far to fight COVID-19 at the expense of the economy. But public health experts warn that easing the restrictions could increase the death toll. (New York Times)

Expect a deal
Congressional negotiators said Tuesday morning that they are hours away from reaching a bipartisan agreement on roughly $2 trillion in emergency stimulus spending to lessen the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to announce an agreement. (Politico)

More lockdowns
India's prime minister ordered a 21-day lockdown for the country of 1.3 billion people. And the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed. (New York Times)

Searching for space
Regional leaders are looking at using the county fairgrounds for an alternate health care facility. Meanwhile, the city moves ahead with plans to repurpose the downtown library as a temporary homeless shelter. (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.