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US population growth smallest in at least 120 years

The U.S. population grew by the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020. Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the U.S. population grew by 0.35% from July 2019 to July 2020, an increase of 1.1 million people in a nation with an estimated population of more than 329 million residents. Demographer William Frey says population growth in the U.S. already had been stagnant over the past several years due to immigration restrictions and a dip in fertility. But the pandemic exacerbated that lethargic-growth trend. Even during the height of the Spanish flu, the growth rate was higher — 0.49%.

More than 30,000 pounds of food being given away in Pasco this weekend

PASCO, Wash. -- Thousands of pounds of food will be distributed at New Beginnings Christian Community Church in Pasco on Saturday. Volunteers plan to distribute more than 30,000 pounds of food during a drive-thru event. No documentation is required. Everyone…

Health experts to host virtual mental health Q&A

SEATTLE, Wash–Washington State Department of Health’s November 2020 behavioral health report found 1.8 million Washington adults are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and almost 1.2 million adults reported experiencing symptoms of depression on most days. These increased stressors are colliding with seasonal affective disorder, a…

Tri-Cities illuminate for Senske Holiday Light Show

KENNEWICK, Wash. — An annual holiday tradition in the Tri-Cities, the Senske Holiday Light Show will make its return for the 18th year in a row this Friday. The dazzling display features 500,000 lights that flash along to music and…

Mid-Columbia Libraries provide students access to eBooks

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Mid-Columbia Libraries are finding innovative ways to help local school children gain access to eBooks and learning materials. It was announced today that the local library system would use an app to provide reading materials for…