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Crews remove a large ponderosa pine that fell on a vehicle, killing a woman during a windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 in Spokane, Wash. CREDIT: Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP

Storm Packing A Punch Batters The Northwest From West To East, Causing Deaths, Power Outages

A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon, causing the deaths of at least two person and leaving a trail of damage — including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power. Continue Reading Storm Packing A Punch Batters The Northwest From West To East, Causing Deaths, Power Outages

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Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, walking here with former Malden Mayor Chris Ferrell, is working with legislators to find more money for wildfire suppression and prevention. CREDIT: Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Washington Lands Agency Seeks Big Funding Bill To Combat Increasingly Bigger Fire Seasons

This marks the second year the state Department of Natural Resources has pushed for legislation to expand Washington’s firefighting efforts. This time DNR is seeking $125 million every two years, during a legislative session complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading Washington Lands Agency Seeks Big Funding Bill To Combat Increasingly Bigger Fire Seasons

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Community members gathered in June for a celebration of life for Manuel Ellis, who was killed by Tacoma police in March. In this photo, one of the attendees hangs a flyer with Ellis’ image that says “Happy Father’s Day Manny.” CREDIT: Parker Miles Blohm/KNKX

Police, Reformers Face Off Over Proposal To Ban Chokeholds And Military Equipment In Washington

A proposal to impose sweeping restrictions on police tactics and techniques in Washington is highlighting stark differences of opinion between police and reform groups. That divide was on display Tuesday in the House Public Safety committee during a lengthy, virtual public hearing on an omnibus bill sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Jesse Johnson. Continue Reading Police, Reformers Face Off Over Proposal To Ban Chokeholds And Military Equipment In Washington

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Ammon Bundy riding a horse at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation in 2016

Roots Of U.S. Capitol Insurrectionists Run Through The West And Northwest

As the violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and livestreams showed pro-Trump insurrectionists defacing property and posing in the House Speaker’s chair, here in the West, feelings of shock quickly faded to familiarity. “There are years of warning signs,” said Eric Ward of the Western States Center, which tracks extremism in Oregon and the West. Continue Reading Roots Of U.S. Capitol Insurrectionists Run Through The West And Northwest

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Nurse Salina Padilla prepares an infusion of a COVID-19 antibody treatment at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., in December. CREDIT: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tracking Down Antibody Treatment Is A Challenge For COVID-19 Patients In Washington

Monoclonal antibody drugs are supposed to help people with mild to moderate COVID-19 avoid the hospital, but it can be a challenge to find out where the treatment is offered. NPR has heard from people across the country who have been frustrated by this. They include Shirley Wagoner, an 80-year-old who still hits the ski slopes and helps run the family plumbing business in Spokane Valley, Wash. Continue Reading Tracking Down Antibody Treatment Is A Challenge For COVID-19 Patients In Washington

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