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Workers and patients at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site near downtown Seattle in January. "The vast majority who are coming in do appear to be meeting the eligibility criteria," says Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County's public health officer. Grant Hindsley/AFP via Getty Images

Washington State’s Vaccine Rollout Highlights Difficulty Of Enforcing Eligibility And Line-Jumping

The Washington state Department of Health told us they aren’t keeping track of who’s eligible and who’s not among those vaccinated, but anecdotal evidence suggests ineligible people are getting vaccines at many clinics across the state. This happens because each provider must come up with its own process for checking eligibility, and most rely on the honor system. Continue Reading Washington State’s Vaccine Rollout Highlights Difficulty Of Enforcing Eligibility And Line-Jumping

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Arianna Laureano outside of her boyfriend’s Seattle home on Feb. 3, 2021. Laureano has been relying on Washington’s eviction moratorium, which is set to end on March 31. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Washington Scrambles To Avoid Mass Evictions As Moratorium Nears End

After Gov. Jay Inslee extended the moratorium multiple times, most lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates expect March 31 will mark its true end — at least at the state level. Then the question of what will happen to renters without the moratorium’s blunt relief will go from hypothetical to very much real. Continue Reading Washington Scrambles To Avoid Mass Evictions As Moratorium Nears End

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House impeachment managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., seen leaving the Senate floor after delivering the article of impeachment on Capitol Hill on Jan. 25. They will deliver the case against former President Trump starting Tuesday, Feb. 9. CREDIT: Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images

Trump’s 2nd Impeachment Trial Begins. Here’s What You Need To Know

President Trump made history when he became the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. Roughly a year ago, the Senate acquitted Trump on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction. This time he faces one article approved by the House arguing he incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the day that Congress was required by the Constitution to count and certify the electoral votes in the 2020 election. Continue Reading Trump’s 2nd Impeachment Trial Begins. Here’s What You Need To Know

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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

Idaho Congressman Proposes $33.5 Billion Plan For Breaching Snake River Dams In Washington

A $33.5 billion stimulus package would breach the four dams by 2031. Much of the funding would go toward solutions for what would be lost, including hydropower, less access to irrigation, grain transportation and economic development for Lewiston and the Tri-Cities. Continue Reading Idaho Congressman Proposes $33.5 Billion Plan For Breaching Snake River Dams In Washington

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The Chieftains mascot at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington, is on the way out following a unanimous vote of the school board. CREDIT: Molly Solomon/OPB

Washington State Lawmakers Consider Banning Native-Themed Mascots In Schools

Public schools with Native American-themed mascots and logos would need to find new team names under a proposal that drew supportive testimony to the Washington Legislature on Friday. The pending phase-out bill hews closely to an earlier, hard-fought policy in Oregon to change names and mascots.
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Gov. Jay Inslee has recently found himself on the defensive in the face of criticism, even from some Democrats, over his approach to reopening regions of the state. CREDIT: TVW

Jay Inslee Defends Reopening Plan In Face Of Criticism, Including From Fellow Democrats

“Inconsistent.” “Disastrous.” “Senseless.” Those are just some of the words being used to describe Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan for reopening the state – and they’re the words of his fellow Democrats. It’s a sign of rising frustration over the slow pace of getting restaurants, gyms and other businesses open again. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Defends Reopening Plan In Face Of Criticism, Including From Fellow Democrats

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Seniors and first responders try to snag one of 800 doses available at a vaccination site in Fort Myers, Fla. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

With millions of older Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty. The efforts to vaccinate people who are 65 and older have strained under the enormous demand that has overwhelmed cumbersome, inconsistent scheduling systems. Continue Reading ‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

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