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Washington state Capitol building in Olympia, March 10, 2021. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Washington Revenue Picture Improves, Setting Up A Looming Battle Over State Budget

Washington’s improving fiscal picture isn’t an anomaly. A recent New York Times analysis shows that nearly half of states saw their revenues increase from April to December of last year. And many more experienced only slight declines. A key factor was federal aid that allowed even laid off workers to keep spending. Now, more federal money is headed to states from the latest stimulus package. Continue Reading Washington Revenue Picture Improves, Setting Up A Looming Battle Over State Budget

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Liberty Orchards Company will stop production of its famous Aplets and Cotlets in June after 101 years of candy making.

Aplets And Cotlets No More: 101-Year-Old Central Washington Candy Maker Calls It Quits

The company that makes Aplets and Cotlets, the famous jellied fruit candy from central Washington, is calling it quits this June. Served up for Christmas and family reunions alike, the gelatinous apple and apricot treat studded with walnuts was famous far beyond Washington’s borders. Continue Reading Aplets And Cotlets No More: 101-Year-Old Central Washington Candy Maker Calls It Quits

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Crossing the border into Peace Arch State Park from Canada, at left, entails stepping across a ditch. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Couples And Families Separated By U.S.-Canada Border Closure Find Oasis At Peace Arch Park

This coming Sunday, March 21, will mark one year since the U.S. and Canada closed their shared border to nonessential crossings due to the pandemic. It’s anybody’s guess when the border might reopen for discretionary trips. In the meantime, every weekend rain or shine, Peace Arch State Park in Blaine, Washington, becomes a happening meetup point for couples and families separated by the northern border. Continue Reading Couples And Families Separated By U.S.-Canada Border Closure Find Oasis At Peace Arch Park

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Republican state Rep. Karey Hanks addresses the House State Affairs Committee, Monday, March 15, 2021, in the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. The committee approved legislation to prohibit mask mandates by government entities in Idaho. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Continue Push To Ban Local Governments From Imposing Mask Mandates

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee voted 10-2 along party lines with both Democratic representatives opposed to advance the measure that’s a reworked version of previous legislation that banned mask mandates at medical facilities. The new bill allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require masks. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Continue Push To Ban Local Governments From Imposing Mask Mandates

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Sisters Seri Sedlacek, left, and Susan Simpkins look in on their father, Chuck Sedlacek, at the Life Care Center, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland. Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham is working to avoid what happened at the Kirkland facility. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

This month marks one year since the coronavirus pandemic swiftly upended daily life in the United States. In 2020, March brought about emergency declarations and indefinite school closures, followed by record unemployment claims and dozens of stay-at-home orders. By the end of the month, millions of people were either told to stay inside under lockdown or continue carrying out work deemed essential to keep society running. Continue Reading 4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

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Washington State Supreme Court building in Olympia. CREDIT: TONY OVERMAN

How Washington Supreme Court’s Drug Ruling Upends State’s Criminal Justice System

For advocates of drug policy reform and those in the world of criminal defense, the ruling “was a much-needed nail in the coffin on the war on drugs,” said Ali Hohman, director of legal services at the Washington Defender Association. Meanwhile, many prosecutors, law enforcement officials and lawmakers are nervous about its implications. Continue Reading How Washington Supreme Court’s Drug Ruling Upends State’s Criminal Justice System

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, March 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said he will issue an emergency proclamation next week that will require all public schools in the state to offer students an in-person learning option starting in April. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

All Washington K-12 Students To Soon Have In-Class, Hybrid Option, Inslee Says

All public schools in Washington will be required to offer students an in-person learning option starting next month — with school districts having to meet an average of at least 30% weekly in-class instruction by April 19 — under an emergency proclamation Gov. Jay Inslee said he will sign next week. Continue Reading All Washington K-12 Students To Soon Have In-Class, Hybrid Option, Inslee Says

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