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Hundreds of citizens (most unmasked) crowd the Statehouse hallways during a special legislative session in August. That contentious special session, combined with the state’s rising coronavirus case numbers, has education leaders uneasy about the 2021 session, which starts Monday. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho Education News

Analysis: An Unsettling And Potentially Unsafe Idaho Legislative Session Begins Soon

The Idaho Legislature will begin an unsettling and potentially unsafe 2021 session in four days. The state’s 105 part-time lawmakers will meet in the midst of a surging pandemic that has killed more than 1,500 Idahoans, and in the aftermath of rioting at the U.S. Capitol that left four people dead. Continue Reading Analysis: An Unsettling And Potentially Unsafe Idaho Legislative Session Begins Soon

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Outside the COVID-19 city of Seattle testing site in SODO on Nov. 24, 2020. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Poll: Only 55% Of Washington Voters Say They Want COVID-19 Vaccine

A new Crosscut/Elway Poll of Washington voters conducted between Christmas and New Year’s Eve found 55% intended to get vaccinated, including 37% who were certain to get vaccinated as soon as they could. Eighteen percent said they were very likely to get the vaccine, but 27% said they planned to wait and see and 15% were certain they would not get vaccinated. Continue Reading Poll: Only 55% Of Washington Voters Say They Want COVID-19 Vaccine

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Gillian Coldsnow

Saying Goodbye: Gillian Coldsnow Reminisces About 28 Years With NWPB

As a supervisor, she has trained many to announce conversationally, to troubleshoot technical issues and combat lazy thinking. She expects and is able to bring out the best in those willing to learn. As a mentor, she has guided students who are now working in broadcasting with most in public media. As a friend, she has always been there to lend a hand and ear and to share a drink.  Continue Reading Saying Goodbye: Gillian Coldsnow Reminisces About 28 Years With NWPB

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Protesters stand outside the Washington Governor's Mansion after getting through a perimeter fence, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia following a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The area was eventually cleared by police. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

Trump Supporters Break Fence At Washington Governor’s Residence, Demand Inslee Be Arrested

Pro-Trump protesters broke through a gate at the Washington state governor’s mansion Wednesday afternoon and dozens of people gathered on the lawn. The crowd, some of whom were armed, touted repeated unfounded allegations of election fraud and it came the same day pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Continue Reading Trump Supporters Break Fence At Washington Governor’s Residence, Demand Inslee Be Arrested

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Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

McMorris Rodgers Reverses Course, More Reactions From Northwest Lawmakers On Capitol Violence

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) later released a statement: “What we have seen today is unlawful and unacceptable. I have decided I will vote to uphold the Electoral College results and I encourage Donald Trump to condemn and put an end to this madness.” Continue Reading McMorris Rodgers Reverses Course, More Reactions From Northwest Lawmakers On Capitol Violence

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Washington State Senate Gallery

Five Things To Know About Washington’s Upcoming 2021 Legislative Session

Amid the ongoing pandemic and threats by far-right protesters to “occupy” the Capitol, Washington lawmakers will convene Monday for what will ultimately be a mostly remote 2021 session with a focus on the ongoing response to COVID-19, police reform, addressing climate change and writing a two-year state budget. Continue Reading Five Things To Know About Washington’s Upcoming 2021 Legislative Session

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SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, shown in red, have heavily infected a cell in this colorized scanning electron micrograph. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. NIAID/NIH/Flickr

How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage

Many patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19 are discharged with symptoms such as those associated with a brain injury. These include “forgetfulness that impairs their ability to function,” de Erausquin says. “They complain about trouble with organizing their tasks, and that entails things such as being able to prepare a meal.” Continue Reading How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 a new regional approach to economic reopening, getting away from the previous four-phase county-by-county approach from 2020. CREDIT: TVW

Washington Governor Unveils New Business Reopening Plan, Moving To More Regional Approach

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a phased reopening plan for restaurants and gyms, that is not set entirely by a county-by-county approach, as before. In Phase 2, restaurants and gyms can resume indoor dining/activities at 25% capacity. But in order to qualify to move there, four metrics will have to be trending downward including a 10% reduction in COVID case rates, hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy in the region. Continue Reading Washington Governor Unveils New Business Reopening Plan, Moving To More Regional Approach

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As superintendent in a small rural district, Ryan Cantrell also helps administer coronavirus tests and leads the school's contact tracing efforts. Kirk Siegler/NPR

Idaho K-12 Schools Account For More Than 4,800 COVID-19 Cases

That cumulative total — at least 4,818 cases, involving students, teachers and staff — is significantly higher than the weekly totals Health and Welfare has released since October. Using those weekly reports, Idaho Education News in December pegged the number of K-12 cases at slightly more than 3,300, based on the totals from the weekly Health and Welfare reports. Continue Reading Idaho K-12 Schools Account For More Than 4,800 COVID-19 Cases

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The 2021 Washington Legislature will gavel to order under the dome in Olympia, but after that be mostly virtual. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Vaccines, State Electoral College, Hydrogen Cars Teed Up For Washington’s 2021 Legislative Session

The COVID-19 pandemic is a recurring theme as Washington state lawmakers prepare to convene their 2021 legislative session. Some legislators are raring to get started and have already drafted and filed the proposals they plan to formally introduce once the opening gavel falls on January 11. Continue Reading Vaccines, State Electoral College, Hydrogen Cars Teed Up For Washington’s 2021 Legislative Session

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