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Washington Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, is shown against a virtual background as she speaks, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, during a remote public hearing of the Senate Law & Justice Committee in Olympia, Wash. Kuderer is the sponsor of a measure that would ban the open carry of guns and other weapons on the Washington state Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across the state. CREDIT: TVW via AP

Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill To Ban Open Carrying Weapons At Public Demonstrations

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

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Suzan Mubarak visits with her boyfriend, Mitch Domier, from a distance during a weekly drive-by visit outside Mubarak’s group home in Bozeman, Montana, on Dec. 20, 2020. They don’t talk long — that’s saved for their nightly video chats, the only place they see each other's face without a mask. (Louise Johns for KHN)

The Pandemic Made Their Relationship Long Distance — From Just A Few Miles Apart

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

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Hundreds of cars lined up for the opening day of a mass vaccination event in Washington's Tri-Cities on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Courtesy City of Richland

Mass Vaccination Sites Open In Washington, Retired Gen. Mattis Among Those In Line In Tri-Cities

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

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Buildings account for the second biggest share of carbon pollution in Washington, after transportation, largely due to gas furnaces and water heaters such as these. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Bye-Bye, Gas Heat? Proposals For Washington Seek To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Heating In Buildings

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

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An empty syringe on a table at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after a care worker received the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16, 2020. CREDIT: Brian van der Brug/AP

How Many Vaccine Shots Go To Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting

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

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A U.S. postal worker delivers packages, boxes and letters in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood shortly before Christmas. The U.S. Postal Service said it faces "unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19." Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

‘There’s No End In Sight’: Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

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

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