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In this image from video, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a video virtual hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)

In Senate Hearing, Controversial Postmaster General Vows USPS Can Handle Mail-In Ballots

The U.S. Postal Service has suffered from financial problems for years, but Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser, chose this summer to cut some overtime, withdraw sorting machines and impose other operational changes that have effectively reduced the system’s throughput. Continue Reading In Senate Hearing, Controversial Postmaster General Vows USPS Can Handle Mail-In Ballots

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The Palmer Fire, burning in timber, brush and grasslands southwest of Oroville, began Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. It prompted numerous evacuations for residents in the area that has multiple lakes and recreation destinations. CREDIT: InciWeb

Crews Attack Fast-Moving Palmer Fire In Okanogan County, Eyeing Northward Growth Toward Border

Firefighters are working to contain a large fire in north-central Washington. So far, the Palmer Fire has burned at least 6,000 acres and forced evacuations as winds pushed flames forward. It’s expected to grow, pushing north toward the Canadian border, in the coming days. Continue Reading Crews Attack Fast-Moving Palmer Fire In Okanogan County, Eyeing Northward Growth Toward Border

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Peace Arch Park reportedly is the scene of lots of weddings this summer featuring Canadian-American couples seeking to ease their border crossing status.

U.S. – Canada Border Restrictions Extended, Forcing Big Changes To Lives In Washington And B.C.

The months-long closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential crossings has been extended again. The border crossing restrictions will last at least until late September, probably longer, due to the pandemic. The outlook is leading people who used to cross regularly to make major life changes. Continue Reading U.S. – Canada Border Restrictions Extended, Forcing Big Changes To Lives In Washington And B.C.

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Molly and David Linville purchased a brush truck to fight fires on their ranch and their neighbors’ land in Douglas County, Washington. They live in the Moses Coulee area, where no agency is assigned to respond to fires that spark there. Courtesy of Molly Linville

‘Hanging Out To Dry’ In Rural Washington As Residents Push For Their Own Fire Protection Group

For some people, there are advantages to living in an unprotected area. For one, they don’t have to pay taxes into a fire district or timber taxes to the state. Residents in Moses Coulee area of Douglas County want to act as an initial attack team for their small area, helping douse the flames until official fire crews arrive. Continue Reading ‘Hanging Out To Dry’ In Rural Washington As Residents Push For Their Own Fire Protection Group

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Chris Mosier, the first known transgender person to qualify for an Olympic trial, joined protesters in Boise, Idaho, to push back against legislation targeting transgender residents. CREDIT: James Dawson/Boise State Public Radio

Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold On Idaho Law Barring Transgender Athletes In Women’s Sports

A federal judge has put Idaho’s controversial transgender athletics ban on hold. The injunction will allow Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye to review the myriad constitutional questions surrounding the law, which bans transgender women and girls from participating in women’s and girls’ sports. Continue Reading Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold On Idaho Law Barring Transgender Athletes In Women’s Sports

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