NEWS: A pro-choice rally is slated to occur this evening in downtown Spokane in response to Alabama's recent passage of its heavily restrictive anti-abortion law — one of many similar actions happening today across the county.
NEWS: After a Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich fired a deputy for allegedly breaking state law by recording a phone conversation without consent, a third-party arbitrator has upheld the termination and shot down the deputy's grievance.
IN OTHER NEWS...
All-in on Facebook
President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has spent millions more on Facebook ads — a key component of his campaign strategy in 2016 — than any individual Democratic candidate. (New York Times)
Former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II skipped a congressional hearing — that he was subpoenaed to go to — at the order of the White House, infuriating House Democrats. The move has also increased the justification for possible impeachment proceedings among some Democratic officials. (New York Times)
Washington state recently approved reforms to its tough-on-crime "three strikes" sentencing law that was passed during the 1990s, changes that are intended to ensure that repeat nonviolent offenders don't end up serving lengthy sentences alongside violent felons. However, the reform isn't retroactive, leaving a group of roughly 62 inmates — half of whom are black — stuck behind bars. (Seattle Times)
Free transit for kiddos
Spokane Public Schools students will get free bus passes this summer thanks to a $50,000 program recently approved by the City Council. The passes will be good from June through September, and can be picked up at any of the city's library branches with presentation of a student ID. (Spokesman-Review)