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POLL: Should Washington end the state's mandate on masks?

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Father charged in death of his 5-month-old baby

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man from South Kitsap, Washington was charged Thursday with homicide by abuse for the death of his 5-month-old son. Michael Rivera, 35, was arrested Wednesday by Kitsap County sheriff’s detectives, the Kitsap Sun reported. The boy,…

Washington state lawmakers discuss $125 million wildfire bill

SEATTLE, Wash. — The winter months aren’t stopping lawmakers and elected officials from bracing for this upcoming wildfire season. House Bill 1168 is currently making its way through the Washington State Legislature. Washington’s 2020 wildfire season was one of the most deadly and destructive…

Johnson & Johnson vaccine authorized by Northwest multi-state review group

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The group _ comprised of public health experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada _ was created last year  to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states. Their decision on the latest vaccine comes after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization for the vaccine. An estimated 60,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to arrive in the state this week.

Amazon sued over discrimination, sexual harassment claims

A senior manager at Amazon.com Inc. has sued the commerce giant, claiming she was paid less than similar qualified white peers and that executives used racial stereotypes to justify denying her promotion opportunities. The Seattle Times reported that the federal lawsuit was filed Monday by Charlotte Newman, a Black woman who works in Washington, D.C., for Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing division. Amazon is investigating the new allegations included in this lawsuit, saying the claims made by Newman do not reflect the company's values and the company does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.