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Amanda Bordeaux, 36, gets her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a weekly mass vaccination clinic at the Rosebud hospital in South Dakota. Kirk Siegler/NPR

How Native Tribes Are Working To Get Members COVID-19 Vaccine Faster

So far the vaccine supply pipeline is expected to remain relatively steady, unlike in many other jurisdictions in the country. Tribal leaders say they plan to keep holding the Biden administration accountable to the U.S. government’s treaty obligations to deliver health care. There’s an obvious legacy of mistrust toward the federal government throughout Indian Country. That has played out when it comes to hesitancy toward the vaccines too, even though they’ve been proved safe. Continue Reading How Native Tribes Are Working To Get Members COVID-19 Vaccine Faster

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Jason McMillan carrying a military-style pistol in the Washington state House gallery in 2015. Beginning in January of 2018, all guns were banned from the state Senate gallery. | CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite directions. Continue Reading Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

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Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that two regions of the state will be moving into Phase 2 on Monday.

Governor Signs $2.2B COVID Relief Package For Washington Schools, Businesses, Renters, Immigrants

A fresh round of federal aid will soon be flowing to Washington businesses and individuals hit hard by the COVID pandemic. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a $2.2 billion relief package funded with money approved by Congress in December. Continue Reading Governor Signs $2.2B COVID Relief Package For Washington Schools, Businesses, Renters, Immigrants

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Plug-in cars charge up at the Washington State Capitol Campus. A disproportionately high number of the state's legislators drive electric vehicles compared to the general population. CREDIT: TOM BANSE

Pay-Per-Mile Tax Gets A Test Drive In Washington Legislature To Augment Gas Tax

Washington state senators have teed up a mileage-based tax for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as the first step toward changing how the state pays for road maintenance and other transportation needs. Policymakers expect gas tax revenue to decline long term. Oregon has been experimenting with a per-mile charge for years. Continue Reading Pay-Per-Mile Tax Gets A Test Drive In Washington Legislature To Augment Gas Tax

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Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 17. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed renewable energy sources for the blackouts that have hit the state. In fact, they were caused by a systemwide failure across all energy sources. Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images

No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

The focus on windmills ignores the evident fact that — as Abbott acknowledged on local TV — every kind of power generation fell short in this storm. In fact, significantly more natural gas and coal went offline than renewables. But that doesn’t suggest fossil fuels were uniquely to blame either — they were responsible for more production, so it’s no surprise they were the source of more failures. Continue Reading No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

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The Idaho Senate meets in the Statehouse on Feb. 18, 2021, in Boise. The Senate voted 35-0 to make permanent changes in Idaho's absentee ballot counting intended to speed up the process. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill To Make Permanent Absentee Ballot Counting Change

Legislation to make permanent changes in Idaho’s absentee ballot counting procedure passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to the House. The state Senate voted 35-0 to approve the bill intended to speed absentee vote counting. It was used in the last general election and spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill To Make Permanent Absentee Ballot Counting Change

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How do you get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? The answer varies by state. CREDIT: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Tips, FYI And What To Know: How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines are here, but if it’s your turn to get vaccinated, how are you supposed to sign up? The answers vary by place, so NPR created a tool to help you understand how things work in your state and connect you with local resources. And we’re sharing guiding principles and advice for navigating the process below. Continue Reading Tips, FYI And What To Know: How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine

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File photo. Idaho Senate gathers in the Statehouse in Boise on January 15, 2021. A Senate panel of lawmakers has approved a constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session. The panel also on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, approved companion legislation that would create the legal process to make that happen. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers

The legislation stems from lawmaker dissatisfaction with a temporary lockdown and other restrictions that Republican Gov. Brad Little put in place last March to reduce coronavirus infections and deaths. The Republican-dominated Legislature had adjourned for the year by then and was powerless to do anything. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers

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Fishing and hunting license sales jumped in 2020 as people took to the woods and water due to the pandemic. CREDIT: Bureau of Land Management - TINYURL.COM/Y9GLWUYQ

Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic

Fishing and hunting license sales jumped in 2020 across the Pacific Northwest as more people flocked to outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total license purchases rose even though part of last spring was crimped by stay-home orders and in some states by the suspension of non-resident permits. Continue Reading Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic

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