10/21: Wednesday Briefing

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STATE Due to the pandemic, the Department of Licensing is temporarily allowing even residents over age 70 to renew their driver license or ID card online at dol.wa.gov. The governor issued further rules relating to institutions of higher education to address significant increases in COVID-19 infections occurring on or near college campuses in places like […]

10/19: Monday Briefing

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STATE The border between Canada and the US will remain closed for at least another month for most individuals who aren’t essential workers or those with immediate relatives on either side of the border. The U.S. Embassy in Canada stated that the border policy applies to automotive, commuter rail and ferry travel but not air, […]

10/16: Friday Briefing

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STATE Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Douglas and Chelan Counties have entered Phase 2 of reopening. The Washington State Department of Health released the latest COVID-19 transmission report, with the following findings: Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern Washington, but the eastern Washington situation is unstable and efforts to control the spread […]

10/12: Indigenous Peoples Day

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY KTQA acknowledges that we are broadcasting from the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. Our region is covered by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, signed under duress in 1854. According to the National Museum of the American Indian, the treaty was interpreted into the 500-word Chinook Trade Jargon, which lacked words […]

10/9: Friday Briefing

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STATE The governor has extended the residential eviction moratorium through December 31st. Rent is not waived, and tenants will still be responsible for any rent owed, but tenants may not be evicted for failure to pay rent. The governor also has issued safety guidelines for behavioral health facilities, long-term youth inpatient programs, residential treatment facilities, […]

10/7: Lots of new state updates!

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STATE The governor has confirmed that all of Washington’s 39 counties will remain until further notice in their current phases of reopening, but that adjusted guidelines for various sectors of the economy and community are effective immediately: Libraries in phase 2 counties may open for indoor activity up to 25% capacity, bringing them into alignment […]

10/5: Monday Briefing

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STATE 26 different proclamations related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended until November 9th. The full list is available in the news section at coronavirus.wa.gov, but the proclamations cover issues related to drivers licenses, public meetings, telemedicine, nursing homes and longterm care facilities, orders of protection, wage garnishments, licensing of recent dental and health […]

10/2: Erin Sarvis of The New Generation 2.0

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Erin Sarvis talks about The New Generation 2.0 and the Bite of Black Business, a movement to bring wealth and safety to the Black community through uplifting Black-owned businesses and working to end police brutality.

9/30: Wednesday Update

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STATE Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or “WIC”, will continue to offer enrollment, health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and food benefit interviews remotely via phone or videochat for as long as the declared national public health emergency goes on. To find WIC services in your area, text “WIC” to 96859, […]

9/28: Monday Briefing

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STATE The Department of Social and Health Services, or DSHS, is expected to provide extra food benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household for October 2020. Those who normally receive food benefits on October 1 or 2 will see the additional benefits on their EBT card October 2nd. Those who normally receive food […]