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An empty syringe on a table at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after a care worker received the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16, 2020. CREDIT: Brian van der Brug/AP

How Many Vaccine Shots Go To Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting

As reports emerge across the country of health facilities throwing out unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, some state governments are failing to track the wastage as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving officials coordinating immunization efforts blind to exactly how many of the precious, limited doses are going into the trash and why. Continue Reading How Many Vaccine Shots Go To Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting

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A U.S. postal worker delivers packages, boxes and letters in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood shortly before Christmas. The U.S. Postal Service said it faces "unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19." Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

‘There’s No End In Sight’: Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

The U.S. Postal Service has an answer at the very top of its official tracking page. A disclaimer there notes the system is “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19.” That combination is making it tough on those at the other end of the mailbox. Continue Reading ‘There’s No End In Sight’: Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

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Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by a wildfire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," Jordan said. CREDIT: Jed Conklin/AP

Lawmakers Ask President Biden To Act On Washington Wildfire Relief After Trump Refused

Washington’s U.S. senators say they’ve asked President Joe Biden to approve a major disaster declaration for eastern Washington towns that were burned by wildfires last fall. Those include the Whitman County town of Malden, which lost about 80% of its homes. Continue Reading Lawmakers Ask President Biden To Act On Washington Wildfire Relief After Trump Refused

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Senators watch Gov. Brad Little’s 2021 State of the State address from the floor of the Senate chambers. Because of COVID-19 precautions, Little delivered the address remotely instead of in the traditional joint gathering of the House and Senate chambers. CREDIT: Nik Streng/ Idaho EdNews

Analysis: The Showdown Between Idaho Lawmakers And Governor That Could Define 2021 Session

With at least 11 pieces of legislation already in the pipeline — all addressing some aspect of Little’s coronavirus response, and the Legislature’s role during an emergency — this issue is a long way from settled. And it could be a fascinating, defining debate of the 2021 session. Separation of powers, once the stuff of a “Schoolhouse Rock” segment, is all a bit more real to many Idahoans. Continue Reading Analysis: The Showdown Between Idaho Lawmakers And Governor That Could Define 2021 Session

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Alexandra Sasha Grieb and Kyleigh Dabler, both 19, from Kennewick, waved at passing cars driving by Richland’s John Dam Plaza. Grieb said it will be up to younger generations to fight climate change now with their votes. “The earth will survive climate change. Humans won’t,” she said. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt/NWPB

In One Of His First Acts, President Biden Moves To Have U.S. Join Paris Climate Agreement

The U.S. officially withdrew from the accord to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions late last year, after President Donald Trump began the process in 2017. It is the only country of the nearly 200 signatories that has withdrawn. Biden vowed to sign on Inauguration Day the documents needed to rejoin the agreement. Continue Reading In One Of His First Acts, President Biden Moves To Have U.S. Join Paris Climate Agreement

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John Hess holding a sign describing President Joe Biden as a “traitor” and a “thief," as he stands outside a barricade set up by state troopers at the Washington state Capitol building, Jan. 20, 2021. CREDIT: Melissa Santos/Crosscut

With Worries Of Armed Protests, Inauguration Day At Washington State Capitol Was Quiet

Washington National Guard troops were on site to guard against any repeat of the violence and disruption seen Jan. 6. While security forces were less visible than they have been in recent days, a spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol said they were still there protecting the seat of the Washington state government. He declined to share more information, but said the force was not small. Continue Reading With Worries Of Armed Protests, Inauguration Day At Washington State Capitol Was Quiet

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