School board rejects downtown football, Asian longhorn tick invades the U.S., and other headlines


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NEWS: The Spokane County Commission made its collective bargaining negotiations open to the public. But local labor unions aren't happy about it.


Duty to the people
The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors decided not to ignore the will of the voters. Last night, the board voted 4-1 to build a new stadium at the Albi location, rejecting a last-ditch campaign for a so-called "third" option to instead make the soon-to-be construction of the downtown Sportsplex suitable for football. (Spokesman-Review)

The real criminals
The state of Washington still isn't providing competency services for mentally ill people held in jails, so a federal judge has approved a settlement designed to prevent the criminalization of mental illness. (Spokesman-Review)

Ticking time bomb
The Asian longhorned tick is invading the United States. And there's more good news: It can clone itself. (CNN)

Butina pleads guilty
Maria Butina, a Russian agent who courted top officials in the National Rifle Association and conservatives, pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent. (New York Times

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Wilson Criscione

Wilson Criscione, born and raised in Spokane, is an Inlander staff writer covering education and social services in the Inland Northwest.