Calling it a “moral mandate,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a dozen bills that backers hope will improve policing in Washington, reduce the use of deadly force and ensure that when deadly encounters do occur the investigations are thorough and independent. Continue Reading Flanked By Families, Washington Governor Signs A Dozen Police Reform Bills Into Law
Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region. Reservoirs are being drawn down, river levels are dropping and soils are drying out. Continue Reading A Dangerous Fire Season Is Looming As The Drought-Stricken West Heads Toward Water Crisis
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Climate Commitment Act, environmental justice legislation, a clean fuels standard and bills related to reducing Washington’s single-use plastic waste and hydrofluorocarbon pollution. Continue Reading Governor Signs And Partially Vetoes Ambitious Washington Environmental Laws, Drawing Criticism
Washington state went all in on expanding public broadband this year. So much so, that the Legislature passed two different bills aimed at extending high-speed internet to people in rural areas. Continue Reading Two Bills Aim To Expand Rural Broadband Internet In Washington, But There’s A Hitch
A recent survey found that nearly 80% of Asian Americans don’t feel respected and say they are discriminated against by their fellow Americans. Additionally, a significant portion of respondents of multiple races said they were unaware of an increase in hate crimes and racism against Asian Americans over the past year. Continue Reading 80% Of Asian Americans Say They Are Discriminated Against
A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed. Continue Reading Scientists Urge Federal Government To Restore Protections For Gray Wolves
The shift in guidance was a dramatic reversal from the country’s top public health agency, which has been criticized for being too conservative (and convoluted) in its earlier guidelines for those who are vaccinated. The latest changes have left a lot of people with a lot of questions, which NPR’s science, health and education reporters are here to answer. Continue Reading Confused By CDC’s Latest Mask Guidance? Here’s What We’ve Learned
In the past year, and throughout history, narratives surrounding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been rife with violence, hardship and grief. Yet they are so much more than their experiences of suffering — beyond tales of war and isolation, there is joy, confusion, anger and relief. Continue Reading Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List
A wide-ranging proposal to save wild salmon by removing the four Lower Snake River dams may be dead in the water. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray say any proposal for the controversial dams needs a “science-based,” “community-driven” approach. Continue Reading One Idea To Remove Snake River Dams May Be Dead In The Water. Inslee And Murray Oppose It
U.S. officials said Thursday they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. Continue Reading Fire Managers Aim To Douse Western Wildfires Fast, In A Year Expected To Be Bad
The University of Idaho has partnered with the STEM Action Center to offer training sessions over the summer to high school teachers, which will allow them to teach CS 112: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving, and CYB 110: Cybersecurity and Privacy for dual credit. Continue Reading University Of Idaho Training Teachers To Provide Dual-Credit Cybersecurity Course
Washington authorities said Thursday all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks. Continue Reading State Says All Washington Public Schools Must Open In Full For Fall, With Masks Required
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