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Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a suite of police accountability bills Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at a bill signing ceremony in Tacoma. CREDIT: Kari Plog/KNKX

Flanked By Families, Washington Governor Signs A Dozen Police Reform Bills Into Law

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

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File photo, March 2, 2020: Farmer Ben DuVal with his wife, Erika, and their daughters, Hannah, third from left, and Helena, fourth from left, stand near a canal for collecting run-off water near their property in Tulelake, Calif. Federal officials announced in April 2021 that farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project spanning the Oregon-California border will get 8% of the deliveries they need amid a severe drought. CREDIT: Gillian Flaccus/AP

A Dangerous Fire Season Is Looming As The Drought-Stricken West Heads Toward Water Crisis

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

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A discarded disposable face mask on a storm sewer grate along with other detritus on Penn Ave in West Reading September 14, 2020. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Confused By CDC’s Latest Mask Guidance? Here’s What We’ve Learned

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

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Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List

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

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Tribal canoeists on the Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, Idaho, on the Clearwater River just before the confluence with the Snake River. The group joined the larger Free the Snake "flotilla" demonstration, Sept. 7-8, 2018. CREDIT: MIKE BEISER

One Idea To Remove Snake River Dams May Be Dead In The Water. Inslee And Murray Oppose It

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

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