News to know to start your Monday morning

News to know to start your Monday morning
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Happy Monday! Today will be a dry day with highs in the mid-80s. Tomorrow, we should hit 90. We plan to enjoy every last ray of sunshine in these next few weeks before fall starts to descend upon us!

Here’s what you should know to start your Monday:

Fill up now!

The price of gas in Spokane is down. According to fuel-tracking site GasBuddy, the average price of a gallon of gas across 187 stations in Spokane was $2.80, as of early Monday morning. That’s down almost 3 cents from last week, 10 cents from a month ago, and down more than 44 cents from this time a year ago. Prices are similar in Idaho–the statewide average there is $2.79/g right now.

Recession fears

The White House is insisting the U.S. economy remains strong despite warnings of a possible recession amid stalled trade talks with China. “I don’t see a recession,” President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday, adding that the U.S. has the “strongest economy by far in the world” and tariffs on Chinese imports “have caused nothing, in my opinion, or certainly very little.”

Weekend headlines you may have missed:

Iconic Shogun restaurant reopening Monday after devastating fire
Donations pour in for community without water for nearly two weeks
Fire engine crashes while responding to a call in Royal City

Calls for Spokane Valley Rep. to resign

Local leaders are calling on Spokane Valley Representative Matt Shea to resign his seat in the state House, following investigative reporting which revealed his support for a group that trains young men for “biblical warfare.”

The local NAACP chapter released a statement calling Shea “an imminent threat to our community,” who uses his platform “to promote hate and violence.” Mayoral candidate and current City Council President Ben Stuckart agreed and said he is “[calling] on every person running for office in our region to denounce Matt Shea … and ask for his immediate resignation or removal from office.”

Stuckart’s opponent, Nadine Woodward, issued a statement Sunday saying she “strongly condemn[s]” Shea’s “extreme rhetoric and ideology,” but did not call for him to step down. Woodward instead called on Shea’s constituents to, “make their decision about what values they want represented in Olympia.”