House Democrats bring impeachment articles against Trump, inmate dies in Spokane County Jail and other morning headlines

click to enlarge Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference the day after the midterm elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2018. - SARAH SILBIGER/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference the day after the midterm elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2018.


An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died on Friday after reportedly climbing onto a guardrail on a mezzanine and jumping headfirst into the concrete floor. It's the latest in a series of inmate deaths in the jail.


It's official
House Democrats announced on Tuesday that they would bring two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (New York Times)

No conspiracy
FBI officials acted without political bias when they launched an investigation into possible links between Russia and Trump campaign aids in 2016, according to a long-awaited report from the U.S Justice Department's independent inspector general. However, the report also found that the inquiry was rushed and marred with errors. (New York Times)

Small-town democracy
To break a 78-to-78 vote tie between two candidates for a position on the Fairfield Town Council, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton used a long-standing tradition of placing two small balls assigned to each of the candidates inside a milk bottle and shaking it. Candidate Steven Walk came out on top. (Spokesman-Review)

Diversifying cable
The Spokane City Council gave the city the green light to begin negotiations with TDS Telecommunications to work out a contract for them to operate in the city in an effort to provide an alternative to Comcast. (Spokesman-Review)

Not the first time
At least three other inmates inside the Spokane County Jail have attempted suicide by jumping from the mezzanine. Director of Spokane County Detention Services Mike Sparber is looking into installing bars to prevent people from jumping. (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.