Six states hold primaries, Italy on COVID-19 lockdown, and other headlines


Former democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D–NJ) endorsed Joe Biden on Monday.


Democracy time
Six states are holding democratic primary votes today: Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and North Dakota. (New York Times)

National quarantine
Italy, which has struggled with a severe COVID-19 outbreak resulting in over 9,000 cases and over 460 deaths, is now on lockdown. The nation's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday that the entire country of roughly 60 million people would operate under COVID-19 lockdown measures. Travel is restricted to reasons of work, health and emergencies. (New York Times)

Financial uncertainty
The spread of COVID-19 and its impact on the global economy is the first real stress test to the financial system since the 2008 recession, experts argue. (New York Times)

Shelter scandal
The Spokane city prosecutor's office will review a police investigation into allegations of sexual assault at the Guardians Foundation involving potentially nonconsensual sexual conduct between staff members and patrons at a homeless warming shelter operated by the Guardians Foundation last winter. (Spokesman-Review)

Scooter crackdown
With Lime scooters coming back to Spokane's streets this summer, city officials are considering increasing imposing fines for people who illegally ride scooters on sidewalks and leave them in places that obstruct pedestrian traffic. (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.