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'Shot of a Lifetime:' Yakima man claims $250,000 prize

YAKIMA, Wash. — The weekly $250,000 drawing through Washington state's 'Shot of a Lifetime' vaccination incentive program was held this Tuesday and a lucky winner claimed the prize in Yakima. According to a release by officials from Washington's Lottery, a…

‘A Heroes Thanks’: New program offers incentives for vaccinated military members, veterans

Sean McKeagOLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced a new vaccine incentive program for Washington’s military community and veterans.  The state has been offering large sums of money, including a $1 million cash prize, for Washingtonians who get a COVID-19 vaccine, but the state database has not included veterans. This is because the Department of Defense has been vaccinating veterans…

'Murder hornet' found near Seattle is the first US sighting in 2021

The first reported Asian giant hornet of 2021 in the United States was found dead near Seattle by a Washington state resident in early June.The dead insect, nicknamed the "murder hornet," found in Marysville, Washington, was dried out and emerged…

Alaska Airlines reveals new Pride-themed livery

As always, June is a-jostle with corporations revealing their Pride-themed initiatives, but one US airline has gone a little further than the usual rainbow-decked Instagram post.Alaska Airlines debuted its Pride plane on Tuesday, truly nailing its colors to the mast…

Californians asked to cut back power usage during extreme heat conditions

With millions of Californians set to experience a heat wave in the coming days, the operator of the state's power grid issued an alert that called for residents to conserve electricity on Thursday.The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a…

Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Experts say mixing and matching different two-dose COVID-19 vaccines is likely safe and effective, but data still needs to be collected to be sure. COVID-19 shots are all designed to stimulate your immune system to produce virus-fighting antibodies, though the way they do so varies. To check that mixing them would be OK, scientists are testing combinations of various two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. Limited data so far suggests an AstraZeneca shot followed by a Pfizer shot is safe and effective, and comes with an elevated likelihood of side effects. That's likely because mixing and matching vaccines can sometimes produce a stronger immune response.