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A mobile phone customer in Los Angeles looks at an earthquake warning application on an iPhone. An earthquake early warning system operated by the U.S. Geological Survey has been activated in Oregon, California and now Washington. Richard Vogel/AP

West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System With Addition Of Washington

Residents living on the West Coast don’t know when the next earthquake will hit. But a new expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system gives 50 million people in California, Oregon — and now Washington — seconds to quickly get to safety whenever the next one hits. Continue Reading West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System With Addition Of Washington

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Medical workers with Delta Health Center prepare to vaccinate people in Leland, Miss., last week. In some places, rural hospital workers have been slow to get the vaccine themselves. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’

President Biden on Tuesday is set to announce new steps to reach rural Americans in the push to get as many people as possible vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official tells NPR. This emphasis comes as rural hospitals are raising alarms about the pace of vaccination — even among their own employees. Continue Reading Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’

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In this July 27, 2018, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. A law signed April 6, 2021, by Republican Gov. Mark Gordon creates a $1.2 million fund for an initiative that marks the latest attempt by state leaders to help coal in the state that accounts for the bulk of U.S. coal production, which is down by half since 2008. Wyoming coal production, which accounts for about 40% of the nation's total, has declined as utilities switch to gas, which is cheaper to burn to generate electricity. CREDIT: J. David Ake/AP

Wyoming Doubles Down On Coal With Threat To Sue Other Western States, Including Washington

Last year, Wyoming and Montana — another major coal state — asked the Supreme Court to override a decision by Washington state to deny a permit to build a coal export dock on the Columbia River. The interstate lawsuit followed years of unsuccessful attempts by the dock’s developer, Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, to contest the permit denial in federal court. Continue Reading Wyoming Doubles Down On Coal With Threat To Sue Other Western States, Including Washington

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