A federal judge in Washington state has blocked the Trump Administration’s new family planning rules from taking effect. Continue Reading Washington Judge Blocks Trump’s Family Planning Law Nationwide
Executives from Seattle-based Alaska Airlines say they foresee minimal impact from the ongoing grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX model. The airline has 32 Boeing 737 MAX 9 jets on order. Continue Reading Alaska Air Foresees Minimal Impact From Ongoing Grounding Of Boeing 737 MAX
The Boy Scouts of America’s own records show that more than 12,000 children have been sexually assaulted while participating in the organization’s programs. The documents came to light through court testimony given by a researcher whom the Scouts had hired to do an internal review. The records reveal allegations against thousands of Scout leaders — allegations that date from the 1940s. Continue Reading New Documents Show Decades-Long Abuse By Boy Scout Leaders More Widespread Than Thought
An energy company with hundreds of thousands of Oregon and Washington customers is considering the early retirement of some of its coal-burning operations. Continue Reading A Northwest Utility Considers Early Retirement For Some Coal Operations
In what’s being called a significant step for tribal communities, Washington state has a new law seeking to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. House Bill 1713 requires the State Patrol to write best practices for how to investigate those crimes. The new law also creates two state patrol positions to work on cases of missing Native people.
Continue Reading New Washington Law Seeks To Further Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
The peak stranding time for gray whales in the Pacific Northwest is normally April, May and June. But the federal agency NOAA Fisheries has already logged nine dead whales washed ashore in Washington and one in Oregon. That’s on top of 21 strandings on California beaches since the beginning of the year. Continue Reading Why Are So Many Gray Whales Washing Up Dead On Pacific Northwest Beaches?
PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much? Continue Reading Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS
Growers in Washington, California and Michigan raise the majority of the nation’s domestic asparagus — and Washington’s season is on. But business in U.S. spears is noticeably dwindling due to cheaper competition from foreign markets.
That’s because there’s increasing amounts of cheaper asparagus from Peru and Mexico coming in: fresh, canned and frozen. And that’s cutting into profits for U.S. growers. Continue Reading ‘On The Tipping Point’ Of The Spear: U.S. Asparagus Farmers Worry As Import Competition Grows
Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing, a hobby that sustains charter fishing fleets in coastal harbors from Neah Bay, Washington, to Brookings, Oregon.
But now there is a chance future fishing trips on the ocean could be curtailed to leave more food for the killer whales. Regulators are preparing to reassess the Pacific salmon harvest and an environmental lawsuit seeks more action to save orcas. Continue Reading Charter Fishing Fleet Casts Wary Eye Toward Possible Fishing Cutbacks To Save Orcas
Faced with a flood of addicted inmates and challenged by lawsuits, America’s county jails are struggling to adjust to an opioid health crisis that has turned many of the jails into their area’s largest drug treatment centers. Continue Reading County Jails Struggle With A New Role As America’s Prime Centers For Opioid Detox
What to do with the four Lower Snake River dams and how to best protect imperiled salmon have been a tough questions for decades. They were the focus at a conference on salmon Tuesday at Boise State University’s Andrus Center for Public Policy. Continue Reading Salmon Conference Calls For Innovative Solutions To Protect Fish
Currently, there are more than 10,000 untested sexual assault kits in Washington, according to the Washington State Patrol. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law yet another measure designed to address the backlog. Continue Reading ‘We’re Sorry We Let You Down.’ New Washington Law Aims To Eliminate Rape Kit Backlog
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