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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

McMorris Rodgers Reverses Course, More Reactions From Northwest Lawmakers On Capitol Violence

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) later released a statement: “What we have seen today is unlawful and unacceptable. I have decided I will vote to uphold the Electoral College results and I encourage Donald Trump to condemn and put an end to this madness.” Continue Reading McMorris Rodgers Reverses Course, More Reactions From Northwest Lawmakers On Capitol Violence

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Five Things To Know About Washington’s Upcoming 2021 Legislative Session

Amid the ongoing pandemic and threats by far-right protesters to “occupy” the Capitol, Washington lawmakers will convene Monday for what will ultimately be a mostly remote 2021 session with a focus on the ongoing response to COVID-19, police reform, addressing climate change and writing a two-year state budget. Continue Reading Five Things To Know About Washington’s Upcoming 2021 Legislative Session

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SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, shown in red, have heavily infected a cell in this colorized scanning electron micrograph. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. NIAID/NIH/Flickr

How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage

Many patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19 are discharged with symptoms such as those associated with a brain injury. These include “forgetfulness that impairs their ability to function,” de Erausquin says. “They complain about trouble with organizing their tasks, and that entails things such as being able to prepare a meal.” Continue Reading How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 a new regional approach to economic reopening, getting away from the previous four-phase county-by-county approach from 2020. CREDIT: TVW

Washington Governor Unveils New Business Reopening Plan, Moving To More Regional Approach

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a phased reopening plan for restaurants and gyms, that is not set entirely by a county-by-county approach, as before. In Phase 2, restaurants and gyms can resume indoor dining/activities at 25% capacity. But in order to qualify to move there, four metrics will have to be trending downward including a 10% reduction in COVID case rates, hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy in the region. Continue Reading Washington Governor Unveils New Business Reopening Plan, Moving To More Regional Approach

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As superintendent in a small rural district, Ryan Cantrell also helps administer coronavirus tests and leads the school's contact tracing efforts. Kirk Siegler/NPR

Idaho K-12 Schools Account For More Than 4,800 COVID-19 Cases

That cumulative total — at least 4,818 cases, involving students, teachers and staff — is significantly higher than the weekly totals Health and Welfare has released since October. Using those weekly reports, Idaho Education News in December pegged the number of K-12 cases at slightly more than 3,300, based on the totals from the weekly Health and Welfare reports. Continue Reading Idaho K-12 Schools Account For More Than 4,800 COVID-19 Cases

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The 2021 Washington Legislature will gavel to order under the dome in Olympia, but after that be mostly virtual. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Vaccines, State Electoral College, Hydrogen Cars Teed Up For Washington’s 2021 Legislative Session

The COVID-19 pandemic is a recurring theme as Washington state lawmakers prepare to convene their 2021 legislative session. Some legislators are raring to get started and have already drafted and filed the proposals they plan to formally introduce once the opening gavel falls on January 11. Continue Reading Vaccines, State Electoral College, Hydrogen Cars Teed Up For Washington’s 2021 Legislative Session

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President Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond Tuesday, June 10 2018 CREDIT: OPB

Ranchers Whose Federal Arson Case Sparked Malheur Refuge Takeover May Get Grazing Rights

The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists. The Dec. 31 action by the Bureau of Land Management in favor of Hammond Ranches angered environmental groups. Continue Reading Ranchers Whose Federal Arson Case Sparked Malheur Refuge Takeover May Get Grazing Rights

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An aerial view of clear-cuts near the south fork of Gordon Creek, one of two water sources for Corbett, Oregon. CREDIT: Google Earth

Timber Tax Cuts Cost Rural Northwest Towns Billions. Polluted Water Drove Up The Price

In rainy Oregon, communities tap a network of streams and creeks to supply millions of residents with cold, clean water. The problem is that the land surrounding drinking water streams is, in many cases, owned not by the towns or the residents who drink the water, but by private timber companies that are now logging more intensively than ever, cutting trees on a more rapid cycle and spraying herbicides to kill other plants that compete with replanted seedlings for sunlight. Continue Reading Timber Tax Cuts Cost Rural Northwest Towns Billions. Polluted Water Drove Up The Price

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With the help of a contractor, Chris Wilkerson makes monthly visits to RVs and motor homes around the city that don't have access to dumping stations.

In Seattle, People Living In Their RVs Get Help From City Waste Pumper

Starting around 2010, there has been a significant increase in spills coming from RVs and other vehicles in Seattle. It was happening as the number of people living out of their vehicles was on the rise. By one count, 891 people lived out of their vehicles in Seattle and the surrounding area in 2010. Now that number is close to 3,000. Continue Reading In Seattle, People Living In Their RVs Get Help From City Waste Pumper

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"It sounds like a friend now instead of an enemy," John Prine says of his singing voice.

101 Songs You Turned To In 2020 To Help Navigate A Tumultuous Year

As 2020 came to a close, we asked artists and authors about the songs that helped them survive a strange and devastating year. We also posed that question to you, and compiled a playlist of 101 songs that you played over and over again this year. Some songs offered an escape. Some infused joy and despair. Continue Reading 101 Songs You Turned To In 2020 To Help Navigate A Tumultuous Year

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