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House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

The Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

No charges after Wyoming grizzly feeding investigation

Feeding moose in Wyoming is legal, although it’s discouraged by biologists and is technically prohibited both through Teton County’s planning and zoning regulations and the Solitude Subdivision homeowner’s association ordinances.

Biden’s Medicare pick would be 1st Black woman to hold post

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has picked a former Obama administration official to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency oversees government health insurance programs covering more than 1 out of 3 Americans and is a linchpin of the health care system.

Washington Supreme Court exempts bar association from open meetings law

The 8-1 decision exempts the Washington Bar Association from a collection of laws passed in 1971 referred to as the Open Public Meetings Act. The aim of those laws is to ensure groups conducting business required by or "pursuant to" state law do so transparently. The court was asked to determine whether the laws applied by the bar association themselves after a member legally challenged the controversial ouster of their executive director in January 2019, which was done behind closed doors. 

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

A federal appeals court struck down one of the Trump administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying the administration acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants.

Marnie Rorholm is named director of development for Spokane Valley Summer Theatre

Anne M. "Marnie" Rorholm, Ph.D., has been selected as the director of development at Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, where she has worked as a volunteer since the nonprofit began in 2015. "The production quality at SVST created by professional leadership and local talent is simply unmatched in the Spokane area," Rohrholm said.

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat

PORTLAND – The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges.

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

 The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized changes that weaken the government's enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

The Environmental Protection Agency released one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration on Tuesday, limiting what evidence it will consider about risks of pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public health regulation.

Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up possible override vote

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency.

House approves defense policy bill with a veto-proof margin

The Democratic-controlled House easily approved a wide-ranging defense policy bill, defying a veto threat from President Donald Trump and setting up a possible showdown with the Republican president in the waning days of his administration.

Biden picks Xavier Becerra to lead HHS, coronavirus response

President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration's coronavirus response.

New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas.

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result.