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Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah speaks at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Delta wave receding in Washington, but COVID caution still advised, including on Halloween

Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah speaks at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 14, 2021, 8:26am Health

Officials with the state Department of Health on Wednesday said that while the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline, Washington needs to remain vigilant in avoiding transmission that could stress hospitals more. Read story

Corrections workers 50% vaccinated in Oregon as mandate deadline nears

October 14, 2021, 8:25am Northwest

PORTLAND — Officials said on Wednesday that around 50% of the roughly 4,500 employees at the Oregon Department of Corrections are vaccinated against COVID-19. Read story

FILE -- In this April 14, 2016, file photo, investigators load marijuana plants onto a Colorado National Guard truck outside a suspected illegal grow operation in north Denver. A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. (AP Photo/P.

Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

FILE -- In this April 14, 2016, file photo, investigators load marijuana plants onto a Colorado National Guard truck outside a suspected illegal grow operation in north Denver. A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. (AP Photo/P.

October 14, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — A county in Southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature’s leaders for help. Read story

Washington AG: Facebook gave false info in campaign suit

October 13, 2021, 6:33pm Business

SEATTLE — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a Facebook representative provided false testimony in a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating state campaign finance laws. Read story

September marks new peak of Oregon COVID-19 deaths

October 13, 2021, 6:32pm Health

PORTLAND — At least 610 Oregonians died from COVID-19 complications in September, marking the highest fatality count of any month of the pandemic. Read story

Former Idaho lawmaker in court on rape charge

October 13, 2021, 6:02pm Northwest

BOISE, Idaho — A former state lawmaker made his first appearance in an Idaho courtroom on charges that he raped a young legislative intern earlier this year. Read story

Washington’s COVID-19 cases down across all age groups

October 13, 2021, 5:29pm Health

SEATTLE — The Washington state Department of Health says COVID-19 cases are down across all age groups, including school-age children. Read story

U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center Sept. 6 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman/U.S.

Idaho health official: ‘We’ve lost the war’ against COVID

U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center Sept. 6 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman/U.S.

October 13, 2021, 5:21pm Northwest

BOISE, Idaho — With the pandemic in its 19th month, Idaho intensive care units still have high numbers of COVID-19 patients. Read story

William ‘Bud’ Davis, former university leader, dies at 92

October 13, 2021, 4:11pm Northwest

POCATELLO, Idaho — William Eugene “Bud” Davis, who was a higher education leader in Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico and Louisiana as well as a college football coach and candidate for U.S. Senate, has died. Read story

King County gun violence has already surpassed 2020

October 13, 2021, 11:57am Latest News

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s most populous county continues to see a sharp spike in gun violence, with fatal shootings in the first nine months of the year already exceeding 2020’s year-end totals. Read story