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Crews remove a large ponderosa pine that fell on a vehicle, killing a woman during a windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 in Spokane, Wash. CREDIT: Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP

Storm Packing A Punch Batters The Northwest From West To East, Causing Deaths, Power Outages

A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon, causing the deaths of at least two person and leaving a trail of damage — including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power. Continue Reading Storm Packing A Punch Batters The Northwest From West To East, Causing Deaths, Power Outages

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Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, walking here with former Malden Mayor Chris Ferrell, is working with legislators to find more money for wildfire suppression and prevention. CREDIT: Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Washington Lands Agency Seeks Big Funding Bill To Combat Increasingly Bigger Fire Seasons

This marks the second year the state Department of Natural Resources has pushed for legislation to expand Washington’s firefighting efforts. This time DNR is seeking $125 million every two years, during a legislative session complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading Washington Lands Agency Seeks Big Funding Bill To Combat Increasingly Bigger Fire Seasons

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Community members gathered in June for a celebration of life for Manuel Ellis, who was killed by Tacoma police in March. In this photo, one of the attendees hangs a flyer with Ellis’ image that says “Happy Father’s Day Manny.” CREDIT: Parker Miles Blohm/KNKX

Police, Reformers Face Off Over Proposal To Ban Chokeholds And Military Equipment In Washington

A proposal to impose sweeping restrictions on police tactics and techniques in Washington is highlighting stark differences of opinion between police and reform groups. That divide was on display Tuesday in the House Public Safety committee during a lengthy, virtual public hearing on an omnibus bill sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Jesse Johnson. Continue Reading Police, Reformers Face Off Over Proposal To Ban Chokeholds And Military Equipment In Washington

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Ammon Bundy riding a horse at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation in 2016

Roots Of U.S. Capitol Insurrectionists Run Through The West And Northwest

As the violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and livestreams showed pro-Trump insurrectionists defacing property and posing in the House Speaker’s chair, here in the West, feelings of shock quickly faded to familiarity. “There are years of warning signs,” said Eric Ward of the Western States Center, which tracks extremism in Oregon and the West. Continue Reading Roots Of U.S. Capitol Insurrectionists Run Through The West And Northwest

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Nurse Salina Padilla prepares an infusion of a COVID-19 antibody treatment at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., in December. CREDIT: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tracking Down Antibody Treatment Is A Challenge For COVID-19 Patients In Washington

Monoclonal antibody drugs are supposed to help people with mild to moderate COVID-19 avoid the hospital, but it can be a challenge to find out where the treatment is offered. NPR has heard from people across the country who have been frustrated by this. They include Shirley Wagoner, an 80-year-old who still hits the ski slopes and helps run the family plumbing business in Spokane Valley, Wash. Continue Reading Tracking Down Antibody Treatment Is A Challenge For COVID-19 Patients In Washington

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The Washington State Senate convened Monday, Jan. 11 to approve the rule that will allow them to meet mostly remotely during the session. In person, only eight people are allowed on the Senate floor, and all must wear facial coverings. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session

The Washington Legislature approved rules Monday that lawmakers to meet remotely because of the pandemic. The in-person votes in Olympia happened under tight security with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. The Washington State Patrol arrested two people outside the Capitol. Continue Reading With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for Oregon has charged 39-year-old Cody Melby after he allegedly fired five shots from a handgun at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland. Courtesy U.S. Attorney's Office for Oregon

Man Charged With Shooting Portland Federal Courthouse Attended Salem ‘Stop The Steal’ Protest

Cody Levi Melby, 39, reportedly climbed over the temporary security fence erected this summer to keep racial justice protesters outside the federal courthouse before he opened fire on the building, the documents state. No one was injured in the attack. Continue Reading Man Charged With Shooting Portland Federal Courthouse Attended Salem ‘Stop The Steal’ Protest

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Senators watch Gov. Brad Little’s 2021 State of the State address from the floor of the Senate chambers. Because of COVID-19 precautions, Little delivered the address remotely instead of in the traditional joint gathering of the House and Senate chambers. CREDIT: Nik Streng/ Idaho EdNews

In Opening Legislative Session, Idaho Governor Calls For Reversing Budget Cuts, More Teacher Pay

Idaho Gov. Brad Little called for reversing budget holdbacks, increasing teacher pay, cutting taxes and fighting the coronavirus virus pandemic during a historic, remote State of the State address Monday. In conjunction with the 30-minute speech, Little unveiled a budget proposal that would increase K-12 general fund spending beyond $2 billion for the first time in Idaho history. Continue Reading In Opening Legislative Session, Idaho Governor Calls For Reversing Budget Cuts, More Teacher Pay

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Poll showing 63 percent of adults says Trump is mostly or partly to blame for attack - 35 percent say not

Poll: Most Americans Blame President Trump For Capitol Attack But Are Split On His Removal

Nearly two-thirds of Americans place a good deal of the blame on President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the country is evenly split over whether he should be removed from office before his term ends on Jan. 20, according to the latest PBS NewsHour-Marist poll. Continue Reading Poll: Most Americans Blame President Trump For Capitol Attack But Are Split On His Removal

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