Lowering the amount of carbon that comes out of your tailpipe has become a quest for some Washington lawmakers. Now, new standards that would promote biofuels over gasoline are closer to becoming law than ever before. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Move Closer To Passing Clean Fuels Bill; Opponents Say It’s Too Costly
The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon’s workers in Bessemer, Ala., were against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a stinging defeat of the union drive. The final tally showed 1,798 votes against unionizing and 738 votes in favor of the union. Continue Reading It’s A No: Hopes For Amazon’s First Unionized Warehouse Go Unfulfilled In Historic Election
The rehearsal of the Skagit Valley Chorale, a community choir made up mostly of retirees and not associated with the church where they practiced, happened two weeks before Gov. Jay Inslee shut down the state. The choir had taken the precautions known at the time, such as distancing themselves and sanitizing. But someone had the virus. Continue Reading Family Finds Closure, A Year After Infamous COVID-19 Superspreader At Washington Choir Practice
Investigation Reveals Nearly 200 Washington Police Officers With Credibility Issues Are Still Working
A Crosscut investigation found at least 183 police officers flagged for issues such as dishonesty, bias and excessive force remain in law enforcement. Continue Reading Investigation Reveals Nearly 200 Washington Police Officers With Credibility Issues Are Still Working
A recent NPR/Marist poll found that one in four Americans said they would refuse a coronavirus vaccine outright if offered. Another 5% are “undecided” about whether they would get the shot. Although the numbers were highest for Republican men and residents of rural areas, there were still a significant number of people across all ages and demographic groups who claim they will say “no.” Continue Reading Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill automatically restoring voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they are still on parole — a measure sponsored by a lawmaker who was herself formerly incarcerated. Continue Reading Gov. Jay Inslee Signs Bill To Restore Voting Rights To Washington Parolees
Legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots is heading to the governor, who has hinted of a possible veto. The House voted 51-18 on Wednesday to approve the measure backers said is needed because the current process favors urban voters. It passed the Senate 26-9 last month. Those numbers are enough to overcome a veto. Continue Reading Idaho Legislature Passes Bill Aimed At Making Citizen Initiatives Harder To Get On Ballot
A boom in American consumers’ online shopping during the pandemic has prompted a boost in imports from Asia. But that left U.S. agriculture products without a ride back. Many ships aren’t waiting to be loaded with agricultural goods at West Coast ports before heading back across the ocean with empty containers. Plus, the Trump administration’s trade war hit apples hard. Continue Reading Northwest Apple Exports Are Down As Eastern European Growers Crunch Into U.S. Shipments
What started as a slow trickle of people became a flood of cars over Easter weekend at the FEMA vaccination center in Yakima. And as April 15 approaches (when all adults are eligible for vaccination in Washington), some Seattleites are heading East for a coveted Covid-19 shot. Continue Reading With Assistance From FEMA, A Mass Vaccination Site Opens In Yakima, And All Are Welcome
Lawmakers convened for the first time in 18 days — after calling a sudden and historic recess in an attempt to slow a Statehouse coronavirus outbreak. The first sessions were brief: The House reconvened at about 12:05 p.m., and stayed on the floor for about 25 minutes. The Senate went into session at about 12:25 p.m., and was in session for just 10 minutes. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Get Back To Work After An 18-Day COVID-Caused Recess
The Pacific Northwest might seem like an unlikely place for mermaids and mermaid culture to catch on given the cold water here. Yet, putting on an eye-catching tail and pretending to be a mythical sea being is a thing across the Northwest. There’s even a brand new mermaid museum near Aberdeen, Washington. Continue Reading Yes, There Are Mermaids In The Pacific Northwest. And They Now Have Their Own Museum
When President Biden unveiled his major new infrastructure plan last week, the proposal included much more than fixing crumbling bridges. And for those who wish America had a more robust passenger train network, it gave them something new: hope. Continue Reading As President Biden Pushes Major Rail Investments, Amtrak’s Proposed 2035 Map Has People Talking
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