Hurricane Dorian still a threat, Matt Shea used campaign donations for controversial activities, and other headlines


 Spokane County commissioners are considering privatizing the public defender's office, prompting criticism and concern.

MUSIC: R&B artist Allen Stone is playing in Spokane again at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars on Sept. 9.


click to enlarge Rep. Matt Shea, Republican of Spokane Valley - CHRISTIAN WILSON
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Rep. Matt Shea, Republican of Spokane Valley
Funding extremism
Rep. Matt Shea (R–Spokane Valley) has been using campaign donations from political action committees and corporations to air far-right views on a regular radio program and to travel to "anti-terrorism" training. (Seattle Times)

Making landfall
While Hurricane Dorian has now been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, the weather still threatens Florida after hammering the Bahamas. (New York Times)

Why, Biden, why
Aside from slamming Donald Trump as a toxin in the American body politic, former Vice President Joe Biden often doesn't have a good answer for why he's running for president. (New York Times)

Lock the water up
The city of Spokane is considering buying locks for all of its fire hydrants following the Hillyard water crisis. (Spokesman-Review)

Cannabis affiliations
A bankruptcy case filed by Spokane City Councilmember Karen Stratton and her husband was dropped from federal court due to their estimated 50 percent ownership stake in a local marijuana farm. The decision is reportedly tied to a U.S. Department of Justice policy of cracking down on state-sanctioned cannabis businesses seeking bankruptcy protection. (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.