The June agreement is one of three, six-figure-a-week, no-bid contracts the state of Washington has entered into with McKinsey – one of the largest consulting firms in the world — in the midst of the pandemic, according to a review by the public media Northwest News Network and The Seattle Times. The nature and price of the contracts has raised questions about whether there were better, more cost effective ways to spend that money. Continue Reading $165,000 A Week For COVID Analysis? That’s How Much Washington State Has Paid A Consulting Firm
It’s been 75 years since the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Koko Kondo, who was an infant when one of those bombs was dropped on Hiroshima. Continue Reading An Atomic Bomb Survivor On Her Journey From Revenge To Peace
The virus might eventually behave more like the common cold, according to Vineet Menachery, a coronavirus researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Continue Reading COVID-19 May Never Go Away — With Or Without A Vaccine
In the Columbia Basin, the Democratic challenger for Washington state’s 13th Legislative District house seat has focused his message on farmworker safety and called for the boycott of fruit. It’s quite a move for a candidate in a district where the economy is dominated by agriculture. Continue Reading Farmworker Safety Takes Center Stage In Race For Central Washington State House Seat
Oregon Forest Resources Institute, created in the early 1990s to educate residents about forestry, has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for the timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing so. Continue Reading What Happened When A Public Institute Became A De Facto Lobbying Arm Of The Timber Industry
Multiple sources tell OPB, federal officers are watching closely to see if the delicate peace holds through the weekend, in what some describe as a key moment for determining how many federal officers will remain in Portland. Continue Reading Some Federal Forces Poised To Leave Portland, Others Could Remain Through Election
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has denied the Justice Department’s motion for a retrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who led an armed standoff against federal agents over cattle grazing near his ranch in 2014. Continue Reading Federal Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Cliven Bundy Case From 2014 Standoff With BLM
The state has developed a new four phase plan for the long-term care settings. This plan is entirely separate from the four phase protocol for reopening Washington state counties. Continue Reading After Months Of Lockdown, New Plans For Washington State Care Facilities Will Allow Family Visits
Idaho Gov. Brad Little says individual school districts will decide whether to bring students back to the classroom this fall. But he says the expectation is that schools will not be closed for an extended period. Continue Reading Idaho Governor Says School Districts Will Decide Whether To Do In-Person Classes, Not The State
The debate over whether a Spokane religious group can hold services in front of a Planned Parenthood facility is getting so loud and heated that it is headed toward a courtroom, where noise ordinances, the right to health care and the First Amendment are all likely to be debated. Continue Reading Eastern Washington Planned Parenthood Sues Pop-Up Church Over Noise At Spokane Facility
Denin Koch’s trip to the Hanford B Reactor when he was 19 stirred his musical passion. It eventually inspired a full jazz album exploring the complicated history of Hanford, 75 years after the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan ended WWII. Continue Reading 75 Years After Bombings, Tri-Cities Musician’s Jazz Album Explores Complicated Hanford History
Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that schools in the majority of Washington’s counties should strongly consider online-only learning for students this fall due to COVID-19 and canceling or postponing sports and all other in-person extracurricular activities. In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little is urging schools to reopen where it’s deemed safe. Continue Reading Washington, Idaho Outline Different Approaches For Schools; Moscow Goes Hybrid, Delays Start
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