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Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 17. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed renewable energy sources for the blackouts that have hit the state. In fact, they were caused by a systemwide failure across all energy sources. Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images

No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

The focus on windmills ignores the evident fact that — as Abbott acknowledged on local TV — every kind of power generation fell short in this storm. In fact, significantly more natural gas and coal went offline than renewables. But that doesn’t suggest fossil fuels were uniquely to blame either — they were responsible for more production, so it’s no surprise they were the source of more failures. Continue Reading No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

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The Idaho Senate meets in the Statehouse on Feb. 18, 2021, in Boise. The Senate voted 35-0 to make permanent changes in Idaho's absentee ballot counting intended to speed up the process. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill To Make Permanent Absentee Ballot Counting Change

Legislation to make permanent changes in Idaho’s absentee ballot counting procedure passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to the House. The state Senate voted 35-0 to approve the bill intended to speed absentee vote counting. It was used in the last general election and spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill To Make Permanent Absentee Ballot Counting Change

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How do you get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? The answer varies by state. CREDIT: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Tips, FYI And What To Know: How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines are here, but if it’s your turn to get vaccinated, how are you supposed to sign up? The answers vary by place, so NPR created a tool to help you understand how things work in your state and connect you with local resources. And we’re sharing guiding principles and advice for navigating the process below. Continue Reading Tips, FYI And What To Know: How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine

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File photo. Idaho Senate gathers in the Statehouse in Boise on January 15, 2021. A Senate panel of lawmakers has approved a constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session. The panel also on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, approved companion legislation that would create the legal process to make that happen. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers

The legislation stems from lawmaker dissatisfaction with a temporary lockdown and other restrictions that Republican Gov. Brad Little put in place last March to reduce coronavirus infections and deaths. The Republican-dominated Legislature had adjourned for the year by then and was powerless to do anything. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers

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Fishing and hunting license sales jumped in 2020 as people took to the woods and water due to the pandemic. CREDIT: Bureau of Land Management - TINYURL.COM/Y9GLWUYQ

Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic

Fishing and hunting license sales jumped in 2020 across the Pacific Northwest as more people flocked to outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total license purchases rose even though part of last spring was crimped by stay-home orders and in some states by the suspension of non-resident permits. Continue Reading Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic

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Book cover - The Price you pay for College by Ron Lieber

5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make. College tuition is the highest it’s ever been — and the financial aid process is anything but clear. American journalist Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College aims to take the black box of college financials and, “turn it lighter and lighter shades of gray.” Continue Reading 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

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File photo. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a 2021 proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. CREDIT: Elains Thompson/AP

Why Bill Gates Is Investing Big Time In Farmland Across Washington And The Country

Seattle’s technology billionaires are many things: innovators, visionaries, philanthropists and some less polite descriptors, depending on whom you ask. But thanks to some scrupulous digging by industry journal The Land Report, which tracks land ownership across the country, we now know that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has another feather in his multi hyphenated career cap: America’s Top Private Owner of Farmland.  Continue Reading Why Bill Gates Is Investing Big Time In Farmland Across Washington And The Country

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In this May 15, 2019 the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Wash. In early 2021, Republican Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho proposed removing four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington as part of a sweeping plan to save salmon populations and provide aid to farmers and others. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren

Idaho Congressman Hopes Politics Align In Proposal To Remove Snake River Dams In Washington

This month, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing those same dams to save the salmon. In between those two acts were decades of litigation that show no sign of ending and $17 billion worth of improvements to the dams that did little to help fish. Continue Reading Idaho Congressman Hopes Politics Align In Proposal To Remove Snake River Dams In Washington

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