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March 28, 2020

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Tribes call $10B in stimulus bill ‘progress’

March 28, 2020, 6:41pm Northwest

The sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed will help better equip health care systems that serve Native Americans, improve the emergency response time on tribal lands, provide economic relief… Read story

Doctor loses job after criticizing hospital’s virus response

March 28, 2020, 2:52pm Northwest

An emergency room doctor who publicly criticized the coronavirus preparations at his hospital in Washington state has lost his job. Read story

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings teleconference format

March 28, 2020, 6:37pm Northwest

SPOKANE — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Read story

Washington apple shipments set record as more people staying, eating at home

March 28, 2020, 5:43pm Northwest

WENATCHEE — Perhaps bolstered by the adage about “an apple a day,” the state shipped a record 3.874 million boxes of apples March 16-20. Read story

Seahawks field to host military hospital

March 28, 2020, 5:42pm Northwest

SEATTLE — A military field hospital for people with medical issues that are not related to the coronavirus outbreak is under construction at CenturyLink Field Event Center, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks football team. Read story

For nursing homes, symptoms aren’t enough to tell who’s sick

March 27, 2020, 8:36pm Northwest

SEATTLE — An investigation at a Seattle-area nursing home concluded that symptoms aren’t enough to identify who is infected once the coronavirus enters a long-term care facility. Read story

April special elections move ahead amid concerns about COVID-19

March 27, 2020, 8:28pm Northwest

OLYMPIA — Bond and levy elections in several jurisdictions in nine counties will move ahead at the end of April after Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee declined a request by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and county elections officials to cancel or postpone the elections amid concerns about COVID-19. Read story

Coronavirus cases climb in Oregon; 1 additional death

March 27, 2020, 8:10pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — The coronavirus outbreak has brought out the best in many people, with millions in Oregon adhering to an order to stay home and an initiative in Salem to make masks for health-care workers being overwhelmed by volunteers. Read story

Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho

March 27, 2020, 6:21pm Northwest

BOISE, Idaho — A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections in America. Read story

Updated DUI bill named for Whatcom woman signed into law

March 27, 2020, 12:52pm Northwest

A re-vamped law named after a Whatcom County woman that’s aimed at keeping impaired drivers off the roads was signed into law Wednesday, March 25, by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. Read story