Wheat planting behind a month, call for arrest diversion at Eastern State, and other headlines


Washington school districts don't all have to teach comprehensive sex ed (a bill to require that recently failed in the Legislature) but that doesn't mean, as has been cited in some outlets, that 40 percent of districts aren't teaching any sex ed at all.

NEWS: What do you do when someone in jail has been ordered to Eastern State Hospital to address their mental health, but that person then assaults a staff member and is sent back to the very jail they were deemed unfit for?


Let the bodies fill the floors

The Spokesman-Review takes a historical look at jails in Spokane to show that there's really something behind the words of a consultant who has warned that if you build a larger jail to address capacity issues, it will likely fill up soon after.

Nielsen out as secretary of Homeland Security
Kirstjen Nielsen resigned over the weekend from her post leading the Department of Homeland Security, citing difficulties in securing the nation's borders, the New York Times reports.

Man's body found outside Spokane home
Spokane sheriff's deputies found the remains of an older man outside a home this weekend after a neighbor called for a welfare check, noting there was also a vulnerable adult in the home, who deputies found in poor condition and transported to the hospital, KXLY reports.
Cold weather puts wheat farmers behind
Planting season is about a month behind for some wheat farmers after an especially cold February created conditions that delayed some thawing, the Spokesman reports. 

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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...