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.
IN OTHER NEWS...
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)
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)