The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, with proponents calling it a common-sense measure amid heightened political divisions and opponents arguing it would infringe on constitutional gun rights. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill To Ban Open Carrying Weapons At Public Demonstrations
Suzan Mubarak, 31, and Mitch Domier, 43, live a few miles apart in Bozeman, Mont., but those drive-by visits are the closest the couple has been for nearly 10 months. The coronavirus pandemic largely locked down the homes for adults with developmental disabilities where they each live, limiting them to video chats and the occasional drive-by. Continue Reading The Pandemic Made Their Relationship Long Distance — From Just A Few Miles Apart
Most of the Republican county leaders in U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s congressional district on Monday called for the lawmaker to resign for being one of 10 GOP members of the House to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Newhouse said he will not resign. Continue Reading Central Washington GOP Leaders Demand Dan Newhouse Resign Over Impeachment Vote
About 500 people made it into line at the COVID-19 mass vaccination event in the Tri-Cities. This is part of a larger set of mass events across the state kicking off this week — including clinics in Spokane, Wenatchee and Ridgefield, in Clark County. Continue Reading Mass Vaccination Sites Open In Washington, Retired Gen. Mattis Among Those In Line In Tri-Cities
A long goodbye to natural gas furnaces and water heating — and possibly other gas appliances — could begin with action by the Washington Legislature this winter. Separately, the Seattle City Council this week begins consideration of a similar proposal to eliminate fossil fuel-based heating in new commercial buildings. Continue Reading Bye-Bye, Gas Heat? Proposals For Washington Seek To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Heating In Buildings
Protests erupted late Sunday in Tacoma in response to an incident a day earlier in which a police officer used his patrol vehicle to plow through a crowd, hitting several people and injuring at least two. Continue Reading Protesters March, Fires Set In Downtown Tacoma After Police Officer Plows Car Through Crowd
The 2021 session will be mostly remote, with COVID-19, tax reform and police accountability atop the agenda. An internet connection is all you’ll need to make your voice heard on these and more issues. Continue Reading Washington’s 2021 Legislative Session Is Remote. Here’s How You Can Still Have Your Voice Heard
Gov. Brad Little vigorously defended the statewide emergency order Friday, accusing members of the Legislature of pushing misinformation about the coronavirus and endangering Idahoans’ lives. Continue Reading Idaho Statehouse Showdown Escalates As Governor Accuses Lawmakers Of Pushing Misinformation
At least two people were injured when a police officer responding to a report of a street race plowed his car through a crowd of pedestrians that had gathered around him and were pounding on the car’s windows in downtown Tacoma on Saturday night, officials said. Continue Reading At Least 2 Injured After Tacoma Police Officer Plows Car Through Crowd At Downtown Street Race
As reports emerge across the country of health facilities throwing out unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, some state governments are failing to track the wastage as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving officials coordinating immunization efforts blind to exactly how many of the precious, limited doses are going into the trash and why. Continue Reading How Many Vaccine Shots Go To Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting
The U.S. Postal Service has an answer at the very top of its official tracking page. A disclaimer there notes the system is “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19.” That combination is making it tough on those at the other end of the mailbox. Continue Reading ‘There’s No End In Sight’: Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country
The plan includes $618 million to boost vaccination efforts and contact tracing. It also includes $668 million for school assistance, $365 million to aid renters and landlords and $240 million for grants to businesses. Continue Reading Washington Legislators Unveil $2.2 Billion COVID-19 Financial Relief Package
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