President Trump praised the ruling by a court in Texas as supporters of the ACA said they will appeal. Continue Reading Federal Judge Strikes Down Affordable Care Act As Unconstitutional
It’s been almost one year since an Amtrak Cascades train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The crash killed three passengers and injured more than 60, including drivers on adjacent Interstate 5. One year later, some of the seriously injured are still healing. The courts are just beginning to deal with the lawsuits stemming from the crash. Continue Reading Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5
This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees
The chemical’s especially dangerous for babies and small children because it can have lasting neurological effects. Chlorpyrifos can blow from orchards into nearby houses; parents who work in orchards can transport the chemical home on their clothes and in their cars; and chlorpyrifos can make its way into developing fetuses through umbilical cord blood. Continue Reading This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a hefty $10 billion increase in state spending over the next two years to maintain current services and fund new priorities, including mental health and orca recovery. To pay for it, Inslee is once again pushing for a new state capital gains tax on high income earners as well as an increase in the business and occupation tax on professional services. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Proposes Big Boost In State Spending, New Taxes In Two-Year Washington Budget
A young black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington and later became an international inspiration, has died. Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife say Cinder the bear was killed by a hunter in fall 2017 but have just this year discovered remains and determined it was Cinder. Continue Reading Cinder, Inspirational Bear Damaged And Healed After 2014 Carlton Fire, Found Dead Near Leavenworth
Congress passed a new Farm Bill on Wednesday that also contains several provisions aimed at reducing the severity of Western wildfires. And that left the Oregon delegation divided along familiar battle lines. Continue Reading Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management
Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. Continue Reading Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens
For 25 years, schools, hospitals and places of worship have effectively been off-limits to federal immigration officers. Now, a group of dozens of former state and federal judges is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to add courthouses to the list of “sensitive locations” where their officers generally do not go. Continue Reading Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests
The Arctic has experienced the “most unprecedented transition in history” in terms of warming temperatures and melting ice, and those changes may be the cause of extreme weather around the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Arctic Report Card. Continue Reading Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures
The severity of the officer shortage varies by location, but the national trend is clear: Since 2013, the total number of working sworn officers has fallen by about 23,000. The number of officers per capita is down even more sharply, from 2.42 per 1,000 residents in 1997 to 2.17 officers per 1,000 in 2016. Continue Reading From Oregon To Connecticut, Communities Face A Shortage Of Police
Looking for a unique Northwest gift for friends or family? These suggestions will help or inspire other ideas.
Continue Reading From Almond Roca To Cougar Gold Cheese: An Incomplete Northwest Gift Guide
Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. A bill approved by the House this week changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Continue Reading Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk
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