Budget cuts + rising pandemic costs + zero federal relief = a school funding crisis. Back in May, school funding experts predicted a looming financial disaster for the nation’s K-12 schools. Continue Reading America’s School Funding Crisis: Budget Cuts, Rising Costs And No Help In Sight
The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. Continue Reading Scientists Identify And Destroy First Giant Hornet Nest In Northwestern Washington
The fight over salmon and dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers could be headed back to the courtroom. Conservation and fishing groups say the federal government’s newest plans to manage dams and protect salmon is inadequate. Now, they’re ready to sue. Continue Reading The Fight Over Washington’s Snake River Dams Is Likely Heading Back To Court
State and local election officials in Washington said Thursday that election systems here are secure and haven’t been hacked. Those assurances follow multiple reports in recent days of efforts by foreign actors to interfere with the upcoming national election. Continue Reading Elections Officials Say There’s No Evidence Washington State Systems Have Been Compromised
The two Puget Sound-region Democrats running to be Washington’s next lieutenant governor had the chance to distinguish themselves in a statewide debate Thursday night. Washington’s election system advances the top-two vote getters from the primary to the general election. Continue Reading Two Democrats Running For Washington Lt. Governor Highlight Distinctions, Similarities In Debate
State elections officials said Idahoans should not worry about the security of their ballot if they vote absentee. Idaho has used the same basic absentee voting procedures since 1972. So the process is not new to elections officials, even though they are expecting a significant increase in absentee ballots due to the pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Votes: Deadline To Request Absentee Ballot Is Oct. 23. Can Register In-Person Until Nov. 3
In a year that seems all about the presidential election, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s happening down the ballot. In Washington, all nine statewide elected positions are up this year. But some of the fiercest action, and biggest spending, is happening in state legislative races. Continue Reading Big-Time Spending Highlights Six Must-Watch Washington Legislative Races
How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus. Continue Reading Brought To Its Knees By A Pandemic And President: Inside The Fall Of The CDC
Many homeowners who lost everything in a wildfire had no idea they were at risk. Only two states require disclosing wildfire risk to buyers in the house hunting process. Continue Reading Across The West, Millions Of Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfires, But It’s Rarely Disclosed
Since 2011, Washington has been an all vote-by-mail state. This year, ballots will be mailed out no later than October 16. They must be returned to an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day or postmarked by that day. Election officials recommend voters use one of the nearly 500 official ballot drop boxes or voter centers statewide. Continue Reading Newcomers, Up-And-Comers, And Almost Lifers: Your Guide To Washington’s Statewide Races
The governor issued more restrictions on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for higher education campuses. It comes as the University of Washington struggles to contain an outbreak among its fraternities and sororities. There have been outbreaks in Whitman County, home of Washington State University, as well. Whitman County announced three more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The county had not seen any before October. Continue Reading Governor Issues New COVID Restrictions For Washington Colleges; More Deaths In Whitman County
Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive their illness. Continue Reading Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates As Hospitals Get Better At Helping People Survive
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