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Workers at Amazon's facility in Bessemer, Ala., held a historic vote on whether to form the company's first warehouse union. CREDIT: Bill Barrow/AP

It’s A No: Hopes For Amazon’s First Unionized Warehouse Go Unfulfilled In Historic Election

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

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Victor Hamilton displays a photo of his late wife, Nancy "Nicki" Hamilton, who died about a year earlier after contracting COVID-19 at a choir practice, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at his home in Mount Vernon, Wash. The choir practice in sickened 53 people and killed two, becoming one of the first known COVID-19 superspreader events in the United States. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

Family Finds Closure, A Year After Infamous COVID-19 Superspreader At Washington Choir Practice

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

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Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn

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

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Amy Pratt personally collected more than 1,000 signatures to help get Proposition 2 on the ballot. It's the first time she's been politically active and she has no plans of stopping. CREDIT: JAMES DAWSON / BSPR

Idaho Legislature Passes Bill Aimed At Making Citizen Initiatives Harder To Get On Ballot

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

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Cristina Campos removes damaged apples from the flume, the front end of the packing line, on Tuesday November, 20, 2018, at Gilbert Orchards in Yakima. CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Northwest Apple Exports Are Down As Eastern European Growers Crunch Into U.S. Shipments

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

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Hundrends of people waited in line in their cars at the Yakima mass vaccination site April 4, 2021. CREDIT: Esmy Jimenez/KUOW

With Assistance From FEMA, A Mass Vaccination Site Opens In Yakima, And All Are Welcome

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

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Lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representative debate a bill on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. They approved a massive income tax cut backers say provides much-needed relief but that opponents say is a giveaway to the rich that will result in long-lasting harm. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho Lawmakers Get Back To Work After An 18-Day COVID-Caused Recess

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

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From left, Mermaid Siren Ophelia of Seattle, Mermaid Asherah and Mermaid Merina both of Portland, at the opening of the new International Mermaid Museum near Aberdeen, Washington.

Yes, There Are Mermaids In The Pacific Northwest. And They Now Have Their Own Museum

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

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