Mormon Church allegedly stockpiled $100 billion, Supreme Court declines to hear challenge on Boise camping, and other headlines

click to enlarge The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 7, 2014. - KIM RAFF/THE NEW YORK TIMES
Kim Raff/The New York Times
The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 7, 2014.

NATION: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a 9th Circuit Court ruling requiring that cities provide adequate shelter for homeless people before enforcing public camping bans.


Hoarding cash
Facing increased scrutiny and over 2,000 lawsuits over oxycodone producer Purdue Pharma's role in fueling the opioid epidemic, the owners withdrew over $10 billion from the company and distributed it to trusts and overseas holding companies, a new audit shows. (New York Times)

Misleading the flock
A whistleblower alleges that leaders of the Mormon Church misled members by stockpiling over $100 billion in surplus donations that were intended for charitable spending. The whistleblower filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service. (Washington Post)

Gun violence research
Congressional dealers reached a deal to fund research on gun violence for the first time in over 20 years by directing $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Previously, an amendment made to a 1996 federal spending bill effectively stifled federally funded research into the issue. (Washington Post)

New body cameras
The Spokane City Council approved a new $2.8 million contract with the company Axon to upgrade the Spokane Police Department's Tasers, body cameras and provide long-term storage for body camera footage. Previously, footage was eventually deleted if it wasn't part of an investigation. (Spokesman-Review)

Passing a budget
The council also approved a $1.1 billion budget on Monday. The final package made significant revisions to Mayor David Condon's original proposal. (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.