Scientists estimate that somewhere between 70% and 85% of people need to be immune from the coronavirus before the disease will wane through a process known as herd immunity. Both natural immunity and vaccines can play a role in achieving that goal. But getting there won’t be easy. Continue Reading A Rocky Road On The Way To Herd Immunity For COVID-19
Leaders of seven Northwest tribes testified this week in favor of replacing a statue of Oregon Trail pioneer and missionary Marcus Whitman in the U.S. Capitol. A proposal pending in the Washington Legislature would install a statue of the late Native rights activist Billy Frank, Jr. in Whitman’s place of honor. Continue Reading Possible Statue Swap Of Billy Frank Jr. For Marcus Whitman Marks A Reckoning For Northwest History
The case of so-called modern-day cattle rustling in southeastern WA involving 200,000 fake cows and $225M is getting more complex by the day. Now, Easterday Ranches has filed for bankruptcy. Continue Reading Following Lawsuit, Washington’s Easterday Ranches Declares Bankruptcy; Suppliers Line Up For Pay
Idaho Gov. Brad Little says his state will move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 in its coronavirus reopening protocol. Little announced Tuesday that groups of up to 50 may now gather, as long as they take precautions with masks and physical distancing. Continue Reading Governor Advances Idaho Into Next Phase Of Reopening, Citing Declining COVID Case Rates
In recent months, many suicidal children have been showing up in hospital emergency departments, and more kids are needing in-patient care after serious suicide attempts. “Across the country, we’re hearing that there are increased numbers of serious suicidal attempts and suicidal deaths,” says Dr. Susan Duffy, a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Brown University. Continue Reading Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids’ Suicide Risk
Washington billionaires would pay a “wealth tax” under a proposal in the state House that will get a public hearing on Tuesday. The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Noel Frame, who chairs the House Finance Committee, and would impose a one percent tax on intangible financial property, such as stocks and bonds, futures contracts and publicly traded options. A billionaire’s first $1 billion in “taxable worldwide wealth” would be exempt. Continue Reading Tax A Billionaire, Raise Some Cash? It’s An Idea Washington State Democrats Are Floating
A data breach may have exposed the personal information of 1.6 million residents who filed for unemployment last year, as well as other information from state agencies and local governments, Washington state Auditor Pat McCarthy said Monday. Continue Reading State Auditor: Data Breach Compromised Info Of 1.6 Million Washingtonians Seeking Unemployment
While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when. Continue Reading Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer
Cassandra Tate’s recent book on the storied white missionaries sheds light on a poorly understood chapter of our state’s settler past. Continue Reading Sifting Through ‘Unsettled Ground’ Of The Whitman Massacre To Reckon With Northwest History
‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack
When the FBI arrested Edward “Jake” Lang on Jan. 16 for his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol attack, court documents show agents had followed a seemingly straightforward trail from his public social media to collect evidence. “THIS IS ME,” Lang wrote over one video. The chats also make clear that at least some of those involved in the Capitol insurrection, despite a sweeping crackdown by U.S. law enforcement that has resulted in more than 160 cases, appear dedicated to planning and participating in further violence. Continue Reading ‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack
As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight. State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders. Continue Reading As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban
This year, the Washington State Legislature has welcomed a record number of lawmakers of color, including a record number of Black lawmakers who are all Democrats. The increasing diversity comes in the wake of last year’s civil rights protests and amid ongoing demands for police accountability and racial justice. Continue Reading Washington Legislature Sees Record Diversity As Majority Democrats Pledge Focus On Equity
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