NEWS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that his stay-home order will be extended beyond May 4.
NEWS: The Spokane County commissioners are seeking input on how to spend millions in federal coronavirus aid money. But they still have full control.
NEWS: After calling for the state economy to "restart" amidst the pandemic, the Spokesman-Review didn't print this rebuttal letter from the Spokane health officer.
U.S. death toll
A little over 60,000 people have died nationwide due to COVID-19. (Johns Hopkins University)
Federal social distancing guidelines are set to expire today while states move to reopen their economies. President Donald Trump has expressed no interest in extending the guidelines. (New York Times)
The economy is imploding, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed that of the Vietnam War and cases nationwide have zoomed past 1 million. And yet the White House called its response "a great success story" on Wednesday. (New York Times)
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that new COVID-19 cases will likely spike as states reopen their economies. "When you pull back there will be cases," he says. "You can’t just leap over things and get into a situation where you’re really tempting a rebound." (Seattle Times)
IN OTHER NEWS...
U.S. unemployment claims over the last six weeks have topped 30 million. (New York Times)
Women's rights advocates have called on Joe Biden to address a former aide's allegation that he sexually assaulted her back in 1993. But his lack of response has frustrated them. (New York Times)
The city of Spokane Valley is suing the companies that rebuilt its City Hall, alleging negligence and breaching their contract. (Spokesman-Review)
Ousting a cop
The Spokane Police Department fired Officer Kristofer Henderson for kicking a suspect in the genitals during a July arrest. (Spokesman-Review)