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Two new coronavirus cases in Washington

February 28, 2020, 8:36pm Health

Washington state health officials announced two new coronavirus cases Friday night, a woman who had recently traveled to South Korea and a teenager whose high school basketball team is scheduled… Read story

Shifting demographics drive GOP nosedive on U.S. West Coast

February 28, 2020, 8:22pm Northwest

In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated in the Oregon high-desert town along the banks of a scenic river. Read story

Microplastic pollution: Scientists study risk to oceans

February 28, 2020, 7:55pm Northwest

PORTLAND — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. Read story

Oregon has first coronavirus case: elementary school employee

February 28, 2020, 7:48pm Health

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s first coronavirus case emerged on Friday, and the infected person worked at an elementary school in the Portland area, which will be temporarily closed, authorities said. Read story

Ex-Weyerhaeuser CEO Jack Creighton dies at 87

February 28, 2020, 6:50pm Northwest

SEATTLE — Business titan John W. “Jack” Creighton Jr., the first nonfamily CEO to lead local timber conglomerate Weyerhaeuser Corporation, died last month at age 87. Read story

EWU faculty call for independent review of spending on athletics

February 28, 2020, 5:34pm Northwest

SPOKANE — A physics professor representing concerned faculty members delivered a 10-minute presentation to Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday, arguing money spent on athletics would be better spent on academics. Read story

Oregon ramps up coronavirus preparation, faces challenges

February 28, 2020, 2:02pm Health

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon ramped up efforts Friday to combat a possible outbreak of coronavirus and state health officials said potential challenges include closing schools, businesses and events, and sustained shortages of medical supplies. Read story

Film explores WSU Spokane researchers’ work to examine, undo unconscious bias

February 28, 2020, 11:38am Northwest

SPOKANE — Two years ago, a documentary film crew visited the Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks laboratory on the Washington State University Spokane campus. Read story

Judge denies request to delay Portland’s new rental rules

February 28, 2020, 8:51am Northwest

PORTLAND — A federal judge in Portland said he won’t block new city housing screening and security deposit rules taking effect this weekend because a rental industry group waited too long to file a legal challenge. Read story

High school closed a second day over new virus concerns

February 28, 2020, 8:42am Northwest

A suburban Seattle high school was closed for a second consecutive day on Friday after a staffer’s family member was placed in quarantine over concerns about new virus that started in China. Read story