MORNING BRIEFING: New jobs at SCRAPS and how police are using license plate readers


Around here

The expansion of SCRAPS to take over animal control for the city next year will add 25 jobs to the organization. (SR) 

Police say a mobile home fire yesterday in Chattaroy was the result of domestic violence. They say a man released propane gas and ignited it while a woman was inside. (KXLY)

Authorities say the man who was found with a severed penis in Clarkston suffered mental health issues and the injury was self-inflicted. (KHQ) 

Out there

The ACLU is challenging police use of license plate readers, saying they're being used to track citizens and form a "single, high-resolution image of our lives." (AP)

The military judge hearing the case of Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking secret U.S. documents to Wikileaks, denied a motion to dismiss the charge of "aiding the enemy." Press freedom advocates worry the decision could set a precedent to treat all leak cases as treason. (WashPo) 

The Netflix original series 'House of Cards' was nominated for an Emmy, marking the first time a show not aired on broadcast or cable TV has been nominated. (USA Today) 

Meanwhile, at the Vatican

The powers that be say you can earn yourself some time off purgatory for following Pope Francis on Twitter. So get to it (His account is right here).