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Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. State agriculture scientists 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. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

Scientists Identify And Destroy First Giant Hornet Nest In Northwestern Washington

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

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A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

Elections Officials Say There’s No Evidence Washington State Systems Have Been Compromised

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

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Washington state Sen. Marko Liias, left, met with Congressman Denny Heck on Thursday, Oct. 22 for a statewide debate for lieutenant governor. CREDIT: NWPB/TVW

Two Democrats Running For Washington Lt. Governor Highlight Distinctions, Similarities In Debate

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

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Idaho Votes: Deadline To Request Absentee Ballot Is Oct. 23. Can Register In-Person Until Nov. 3

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

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Washington's August 4 primary ballot is chock full of candidates even though traditional campaigning has, in many cases, been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. CREDIT: Washington Secretary of State's Office

Newcomers, Up-And-Comers, And Almost Lifers: Your Guide To Washington’s Statewide Races

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

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Photo of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at Washington State University in Pullman

Governor Issues New COVID Restrictions For Washington Colleges; More Deaths In Whitman County

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

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COVID-19 mortality rates are going down, according to studies of two large hospital systems, partly thanks to improvements in treatment. Here, clinicians care for a patient in July at an El Centro, Calif., hospital. CREDIT: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates As Hospitals Get Better At Helping People Survive

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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