WSU’s vaccine requirement comes with some major exceptions. Medical and religious exemptions have existed for vaccinations on campus for decades, but this time around, WSU is adding a “personal exemption,” and following that announcement, provided some clarity on exactly what that means. Continue Reading Context And Clarity On WSU’s Fall 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
What the struggle over recognition for WSU’s Gay Awareness student group shows is some of the similarities between rural and urban LGBTQ rights. Rural areas — especially college towns like Pullman or Moscow — are also queer places. People in cities who were against gay rights used the same tactic as those in Pullman—the public-referendum—to deny housing or employment equality to LGBTQ people. Continue Reading Past As Prologue: Rural Places Are Queer Places And The History Of WSU’s LGBTQ Awareness
For the first time in its 40-year history, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) will be led by a woman. On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee named Cheryl Strange as the agency’s next secretary. Continue Reading For The First Time, A Woman Will Lead Washington’s Department Of Corrections
Nearly 30 retired state, federal and tribal wildlife managers sent a letter Wednesday to Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little asking him to veto a bill backed by agricultural interests that could cut the state’s wolf population by 90%. Continue Reading Ex-Wildlife Managers Want Governor To Veto Bill Poised To Eliminate 90% Of Wolves In Idaho
At Hanford, a hazardous concoction of radioactive waste and chemicals sits in World War II and Cold War-era tanks. Now one of those old tanks has a serious leak. Continue Reading Hanford Tank With Radioactive Waste Has A Leak, But That’s Not A New Problem
Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from the Legislature Thursday. It came several hours after the House Ethics Committee recommended suspension and possible expulsion of the Republican lawmaker from Lewiston amid an investigation into a rape accusation from a 19-year-old staffer. Continue Reading Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger Resigns After Ethics Committee Recommends Suspension
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to soon roll back the economic reopening of more counties because of rising coronavirus cases. Reverting to Phase 2 would force businesses, museums and churches to reduce indoor capacity. Continue Reading More Washington Counties – From Largest To Very Rural – At Risk Of Reverting Back To Phase 2
Just days after the Washington Legislature gave final approval to a new capital gains tax aimed at the state’s wealthiest residents, the conservative Freedom Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five individuals and one couple to overturn the tax. Continue Reading Lawsuit In Douglas County Seeks To Overturn Washington’s Newly Passed Capital Gains Tax
While some Washingtonians appear eager to get vaccinated and get on with their lives, a new poll reveals even some people who are fully vaccinated remain cautious about getting back to normal. Continue Reading Poll: Washingtonians Aren’t Quite Ready For A Post-Pandemic Normal
Known as “breakthrough infections,” cases in which people test positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are extremely rare. Public health experts are anxious that these cases not be blown out of proportion and discourage people from getting vaccinated. Yet they also say it’s critical to track and study these cases, because scientists do not fully understand who is susceptible to vaccine failure. Continue Reading A Small Number Of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why
The investigation into Lewiston Republican Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s conduct began in March, when the intern told a supervisor that the 38-year-old lawmaker raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a restaurant. The Boise Police Department has a criminal investigation underway, and the Legislature’s Ethics Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday to determine if the lawmaker “engaged in conduct unbecoming a representative which is detrimental to the integrity of the House.” Continue Reading 19-Year-Old To Publicly Testify Against Idaho Lawmaker From Lewiston Accused Of Rape
The new budget bills still have to pass both houses — and House conservatives have killed three major education bills over social justice and critical race theory concerns. But on Monday, the Senate followed the House’s lead, passing a bill addressing “nondiscrimination” in schools and critical race theory. That nondiscrimination bill, now on its way to Gov. Brad Little’s desk, is seen as a linchpin to passing education spending budgets. Continue Reading New Education Budgets Emerge In Idaho Legislature After Previously Being Blocked
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