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Idaho Democratic state Rep. Muffy Davis, seen here in 2019, and Democratic Rep. Sue Chew are suing Idaho's top House Republican. They contend he's preventing them from safely participating in the upcoming legislative session amid the pandemic. CREDIT: James Dawson/Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Lawmakers Sue, Say Returning To State Capitol During Pandemic Violates ADA

Two Idaho state lawmakers, both Democrats, have filed suit against Republican state House Speaker Scott Bedke, saying he has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by forging ahead with the legislative session — scheduled to begin Monday — without providing them an option to participate remotely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Sue, Say Returning To State Capitol During Pandemic Violates ADA

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A first-grader raises her hand at Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School in Fall River, Mass., in November. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers

Since the beginning of this pandemic, experts and educators have feared that open schools would spread the coronavirus further, which is why so many classrooms remain closed. But a new, nationwide study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the virus is not already spreading out of control. Continue Reading Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers

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Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified At Capitol Insurrection

The precise composition of the mob that forced its way into the Capitol on Wednesday, disrupting sessions of both houses of Congress and leaving a police officer and four others dead, remains unknown. But a review by a ProPublica-FRONTLINE team that has been tracking far-right movements for the past three years shows that the crowd included members of the Proud Boys and other groups with violent ideologies. Videos reveal the presence of several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that President Donald Trump infamously refused to condemn. Continue Reading Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified At Capitol Insurrection

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President Trump's Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has been permanently suspended, the company announced. CREDIT: Twitter/screenshot

Twitter Bans President Trump, Citing ‘Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence’

Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump from Twitter over a pattern of behavior that violated company rules.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement announcing the ban. Continue Reading Twitter Bans President Trump, Citing ‘Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence’

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Hundreds of citizens (most unmasked) crowd the Statehouse hallways during a special legislative session in August. That contentious special session, combined with the state’s rising coronavirus case numbers, has education leaders uneasy about the 2021 session, which starts Monday. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho Education News

Analysis: An Unsettling And Potentially Unsafe Idaho Legislative Session Begins Soon

The Idaho Legislature will begin an unsettling and potentially unsafe 2021 session in four days. The state’s 105 part-time lawmakers will meet in the midst of a surging pandemic that has killed more than 1,500 Idahoans, and in the aftermath of rioting at the U.S. Capitol that left four people dead. Continue Reading Analysis: An Unsettling And Potentially Unsafe Idaho Legislative Session Begins Soon

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Outside the COVID-19 city of Seattle testing site in SODO on Nov. 24, 2020. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Poll: Only 55% Of Washington Voters Say They Want COVID-19 Vaccine

A new Crosscut/Elway Poll of Washington voters conducted between Christmas and New Year’s Eve found 55% intended to get vaccinated, including 37% who were certain to get vaccinated as soon as they could. Eighteen percent said they were very likely to get the vaccine, but 27% said they planned to wait and see and 15% were certain they would not get vaccinated. Continue Reading Poll: Only 55% Of Washington Voters Say They Want COVID-19 Vaccine

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Gillian Coldsnow

Saying Goodbye: Gillian Coldsnow Reminisces About 28 Years With NWPB

As a supervisor, she has trained many to announce conversationally, to troubleshoot technical issues and combat lazy thinking. She expects and is able to bring out the best in those willing to learn. As a mentor, she has guided students who are now working in broadcasting with most in public media. As a friend, she has always been there to lend a hand and ear and to share a drink.  Continue Reading Saying Goodbye: Gillian Coldsnow Reminisces About 28 Years With NWPB

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Protesters stand outside the Washington Governor's Mansion after getting through a perimeter fence, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia following a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The area was eventually cleared by police. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

Trump Supporters Break Fence At Washington Governor’s Residence, Demand Inslee Be Arrested

Pro-Trump protesters broke through a gate at the Washington state governor’s mansion Wednesday afternoon and dozens of people gathered on the lawn. The crowd, some of whom were armed, touted repeated unfounded allegations of election fraud and it came the same day pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Continue Reading Trump Supporters Break Fence At Washington Governor’s Residence, Demand Inslee Be Arrested

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