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A statue of tribal rights activist Billy Frank, Jr., left, could someday replace pioneer missionary Marcus Whitman in the U.S. Capitol. CREDIT: NWIFC 2007/Glenn Drosendahl

Possible Statue Swap Of Billy Frank Jr. For Marcus Whitman Marks A Reckoning For Northwest History

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

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Las Vegas school class of 2020 in chalk in parking lot

Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids’ Suicide Risk

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

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Forbes tracks the world's billionaires in almost real time. Now, a group of Washington House Democrats want to impose a wealth tax on Washington's billionaires.

Tax A Billionaire, Raise Some Cash? It’s An Idea Washington State Democrats Are Floating

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

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People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for inoculations. CREDIT: Seth Wenig/AP

Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer

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

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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

‘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

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In this March 28, 2019 photo pot products line a display case at a marijuana shop in Seattle. A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the legalization of marijuana in Idaho has moved forward as lawmakers in the state try to halt the increasing acceptance of the drug nationwide. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban

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

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Advocates for police accountability and racial justice rallied on the steps of the Washington Capitol in June 2020. Now the Washington Legislature is taking up those issues as it welcomes a record number of lawmakers of color. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Washington Legislature Sees Record Diversity As Majority Democrats Pledge Focus On Equity

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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