Idaho lawmakers fearing foreign participation in the Powerball lottery killed legislation on Wednesday that would have allowed the game with huge jackpots to continue in the state after a run of more than 30 years. Continue Reading Idaho Powerball Fans Out Of Luck As State Ends Game Over Distaste For Foreign Participation
The Interior Department rescinded a controversial Trump-era legal opinion Monday that limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It also said it will soon propose a rule to replace one enacted at the end of the Trump administration that did the same. Continue Reading Interior Department Moves To Make It Illegal (Again) To Accidentally Kill Migratory Birds
Trees have a little secret you might not know about. Yes, they produce oxygen. Yes, they take in carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. But, they also emit methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that can be significantly more potent than carbon dioxide. Continue Reading The Secret Life Of Trees: Researchers Probe Methane In Washington’s Coastal Forests
Lawrence Wasden, who was elected Idaho’s top lawyer in 2003, has called some legislation from conservative lawmakers unconstitutional. The state has paid over $3 million in legal fees since 1995 — some of it after ignoring his advice and losing court challenges. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Look To Cancel Funding Of Their Fellow Republican: The State’s Attorney General
A public utility in north-central Washington broke ground Monday for a hydrogen production facility. It’s one of several related actions in the Northwest that reflect renewed interest in hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel. Continue Reading Wenatchee-Area Hydrogen Production Plant Signals Renewed Interest In Alternative Fuel
An Idaho House panel approved legislation Monday making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as a rural vs. urban issue. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Move Closer To Making It Harder To Get Initiatives On The Ballot
The new guidance is specific to freedoms that vaccinated people can resume in their own homes, but the agency warns that everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue to follow recommended guidelines in public settings, including masking. Continue Reading CDC Says It’s Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities, Should Continue Masking In Public
The timing of the Wisconsin hunt was bumped up following a lawsuit that raised concerns President Joe Biden’s administration would intervene to restore gray wolf protections. The group behind the suit has close links to Republican political circles including influential donors the Koch brothers and notable Trump loyalists — Kris Kobach, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Kansas, and rock star and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent. Continue Reading States Look To Ramp Up Wolf Kills Following Previous Administration’s Move To Ease Protections
Idaho House Bill 249 would require parents to sign permission slips for youth to learn about human sexuality. The bill passed the House of Representatives Friday, March 5, 2021 on a party-line vote of 56-12. It heads next to the Senate for consideration. Continue Reading Idaho Students Protest As Bill Advances That Would Require Parents Opt-In For Some Sex-Ed
Profits on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000 would be subject to a new tax on capital gains under a bill narrowly approved Saturday by the Washington Senate. The measure passed on a 25-24 vote after more than four hours of debate in the Democratic-led chamber. Three members of the Democratic caucus voted no: Sens. Annette Cleveland, Steve Hobbs and Mark Mullet. Continue Reading Washington Senate Approves New Tax On Capital Gains; Bill Moves To State House
Pop portrayals of LGBTQ Americans tend to feature urban gay life, from Ru Paul’s “Drag Race” and “Queer Eye” and “Pose.” But not all gay people live in cities. Demographers estimate that 15% to 20% of the United States’ total LGBTQ population – between 2.9 million and 3.8 million people – live in rural areas. Continue Reading The Conversation: Why Some LGBTQ Americans Prefer Rural Life To Urban ‘Gayborhoods’
Washington state wildlife officials are working with pet store chains to stop the spread of aquarium products found to contain zebra mussels. A zebra mussel is a tiny shellfish native to the Black and Caspian Seas in Ukraine. But they’re now found all over the world, except in the Northwest. Continue Reading Northwest Wildlife Agencies Warn Of Newly Found Invasive Zebra Mussels
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