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Sisters Seri Sedlacek, left, and Susan Simpkins look in on their father, Chuck Sedlacek, at the Life Care Center, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland. Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham is working to avoid what happened at the Kirkland facility. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

This month marks one year since the coronavirus pandemic swiftly upended daily life in the United States. In 2020, March brought about emergency declarations and indefinite school closures, followed by record unemployment claims and dozens of stay-at-home orders. By the end of the month, millions of people were either told to stay inside under lockdown or continue carrying out work deemed essential to keep society running. Continue Reading 4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

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Washington State Supreme Court building in Olympia. CREDIT: TONY OVERMAN

How Washington Supreme Court’s Drug Ruling Upends State’s Criminal Justice System

For advocates of drug policy reform and those in the world of criminal defense, the ruling “was a much-needed nail in the coffin on the war on drugs,” said Ali Hohman, director of legal services at the Washington Defender Association. Meanwhile, many prosecutors, law enforcement officials and lawmakers are nervous about its implications. Continue Reading How Washington Supreme Court’s Drug Ruling Upends State’s Criminal Justice System

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, March 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said he will issue an emergency proclamation next week that will require all public schools in the state to offer students an in-person learning option starting in April. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

All Washington K-12 Students To Soon Have In-Class, Hybrid Option, Inslee Says

All public schools in Washington will be required to offer students an in-person learning option starting next month — with school districts having to meet an average of at least 30% weekly in-class instruction by April 19 — under an emergency proclamation Gov. Jay Inslee said he will sign next week. Continue Reading All Washington K-12 Students To Soon Have In-Class, Hybrid Option, Inslee Says

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File photo. A loosely coordinated effort is gaining steam to get all West Coast states to synchronize their clocks to year-round daylight saving time. CREDIT: HENRIQUE SIMPLICIO / FLICKR PHOTO HTTPS://FLIC.KR/P/F1JXBL

Sorry, Northwesterners. You Still Have To ‘Spring Forward’ This Weekend Despite State Votes To Stop

Residents of the Northwest will have to set their clocks ahead by an hour this weekend to move onto daylight saving time. The Oregon and Washington legislatures voted nearly two years ago to stay on daylight time year-round — joined later by Idaho and British Columbia — but still the biannual time change ritual and associated grumbling persists. Continue Reading Sorry, Northwesterners. You Still Have To ‘Spring Forward’ This Weekend Despite State Votes To Stop

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Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith at the Connecticut State Capitol on Feb, 12, 2020. Smith is among three girls who sued to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. CREDIT: Pat Eaton-Robb/AP

What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

This year, state legislators have introduced 35 bills restricting transgender girls and women — that is, girls and women who were not assigned as female at birth — from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans. That’s up from 29 bills last year and only 2 in 2019. Continue Reading What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

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outside shot of Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Hospital Devises Strategy To Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Employees

Jeannie Eylar says Pullman Regional Hospital began vaccinating its more than 500 employees around Christmas. Eylar is the hospital’s chief nursing officer. By mid-January, she says about 50% had received their shots. She and her colleagues set a goal of inoculating 75% by March 1. Continue Reading Pullman Hospital Devises Strategy To Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Employees

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We’re Working On ‘Re:building Democracy’ In This Statewide Initiative. Here’s How To Watch And Join

Deepening polarization is eroding faith in the electoral and democratic process on which our democracy depends. What can we do to cultivate mutual respect, repair damaged relationships, and reweave a civic fabric frayed from years of growing division? Continue Reading We’re Working On ‘Re:building Democracy’ In This Statewide Initiative. Here’s How To Watch And Join

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Washington state Capitol building in Olympia, March 10, 2021. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

It’s Pedal To The Metal As Washington State Lawmakers Push Ahead With Pandemic-Era Agenda

Washington’s 105-day legislative session has crossed the halfway point and a key deadline for policy (non-budget) bills to clear their chamber of origin has passed. Majority Democrats are moving swiftly to enact a pandemic-era agenda focused on issues like tax reform, police accountability, racial equity and global climate change. Minority Republicans, meanwhile, are seeing a few of their bills advance while also objecting to much of what Democrats are pushing forward. So, what’s moving and what’s not? Continue Reading It’s Pedal To The Metal As Washington State Lawmakers Push Ahead With Pandemic-Era Agenda

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