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Will Stone

Will Stone is a KUNR alumnus, having served as a passionate, talented reporter for KUNR for nearly two years before moving in early 2015 to the major Phoenix market at public radio station KJZZ.

An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative newsweekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, as listeners became aware, he jumped on any story that got him out into the field with a mic in hand.

He enjoyed the Reno outdoors, food and cultural scene, given his liking for  hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry. While KUNR listeners miss his reporting, we're always glad to help prepare, encourage and support successful public radio professionals wherever they go.

See what Will is up to at KJZZ.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in many states as the U.S. heads into the winter months. And forecasters predict staggering growth in infections and deaths if current trends continue.

It's exactly the kind of scenario that public health experts have long warned could be in store for the country, if it did not aggressively tamp down on infections over the summer.

Even when there isn't a pandemic, finding the right doctor can be tough in rural eastern Ohio. Reid Davis, 21, and his mother Crystal live in Jefferson County, which hugs the Ohio River near West Virginia. Their home is surrounded by farms, hayfields and just a few neighbors.

"To the nearest hospital, you're talking about 50 minutes to an hour," Reid Davis says.

It's been two weeks since the public learned about a deadly outbreak of coronavirus at Life Care Center of Kirkland — a long-term care and nursing facility in Washington state — and some families wait on edge over loved ones who remain there.

As of Friday afternoon, only about a third of the 120 residents who were living at the facility in mid-February remain. There are 25 people associated with Life Care who have died after being infected with coronavirus. Other residents are in the hospital.

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Two additional people in Washington state have tested positive for COVID-19.

The first case was found in a high school student from Snohomish County with no known travel history to a region affected by the virus. 

The other case is linked to travel. The woman from King County had traveled to South Korea in February and fell ill shortly after returning. 

 This March 15, 2017 file photo shows vape liquids, including a brand named "Seattle Freeze," displayed at the Future Vapor store in Seattle.
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State lawmakers are weighing whether to place more limits on vaping products. On Thursday, a Senate committee in Olympia heard public comment on the latest proposal to curb e-cigarette use.  

It would limit the sale of flavored vaping products to shops open to people 21 and older, and add a 37percent tax. It also would cap the nicotine concentration in vapor products.

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King County is opening up its waitlist for low-income families who need subsidies to afford rental housing. It's the first time in almost three years that the program is accepting applications.

Washington State has opened a quarantine facility to house travelers who could be at risk of the novel coronavirus. It's a dormitory normally used by recruits to the Washington State Patrol’s Fire Academy in North Bend.  The remote 50-acre facility, on the outskirts of North Bend, sits at the end of a 2 mile long mountainous road.

The quarantine facility will give travelers from the affected regions of China a place to stay while it’s confirmed they do not have the virus. 

People wear face masks and walk at a shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
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Doctors and public health officials in Washington have revealed more details about the first U.S. case of the new coronavirus.

On Friday, a case report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine about the 35-year-old man from Snohomish County who was diagnosed with the virus.

It discusses the progression of the illness, which included fever and pneumonia.

Doctors at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett used a new anti-viral drug that was developed as a treatment for Ebola on the patient.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, speaks Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020, at a news conference in Shoreline, Wash., following the announcement that a man in Washington state is the first known person in the United States to catch a new type of coronavirus.
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Washington public health leaders say they are still watching a handful of people who may be infected with the new coronavirus. But no one has tested positive — since the first case, a man from Snohomish County, was diagnosed with the virus.

Health care workers strike outside Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
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Nearly 8,000 nurses and health workers in the Seattle area plan to walk off the job Tuesday morning as part of a three-day strike at Swedish Health Services.

It will affect all five Swedish hospitals, and some procedures have been delayed due to staffing concerns. Emergency rooms in Ballard and Redmond will close on Monday evening and are expected to reopen on Friday.

Dr. Satish Pillai of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Governor Jay Inslee and others public health officials to announce the first confirmed U.S. case of Wuhan coronavirus in Washington state.
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UPDATE, Jan. 23: Washington health officials say the number of people they are closely monitoring for symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus has tripled in the last day.

That's after a Snohomish County resident fell ill with the virus shortly after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China — the region where the virus first emerged.

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Washington could soon prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products. State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would turn the state's temporary prohibition into permanent state law. 

Snow geese fly over a farm field at their winter grounds Friday, Dec. 13, in the Skagit Valley near Conway, Washington. Birders around the globe are participating in the annual Christmas count, including the Rainier Audubon Society in South King County.
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Birders have been out in full force around Washington the past few weeks as part of the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count.

Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers head out to different spots over the course of several weeks to see how many birds they can count within a 24-hour period.

Tacoma opened its temporary tiny home village in the city's Hilltop neighborhood on Thursday.
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Tacoma has opened a tiny home village in the city’s Hilltop neighborhood that will house several dozen people who are camped in a nearby park.

On Thursday, residents began moving into the temporary shelter site, which is expected to be in operation for the next six months.

Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle. It's unknown if the child who died this week had the flu vaccine.
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King County is reporting a child has died from the flu. It marks the first recorded pediatric death from the flu in King County since 2009.

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Tacoma has declared climate change a public emergency.

The City Council approved the resolution in a unanimous vote Tuesday night, recognizing the need for immediate action to minimize the harm to current and future generations.

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A new study from the University of Washington reveals a troubling trend among drug users in the state. Increasingly, people seeking treatment for opioid addiction also are addicted to the powerful stimulant methamphetamine.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma.
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A campaign to stop the demolition of a historic Tacoma church is getting closer to hitting a major fundraising goal. The group, Save Tacoma’s Landmark Church, says it received a $1 million gift to help repair Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Members hope the gesture will convince the Archbishop of Seattle to reverse the decision to tear it down.

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Vape shop owners in Washington say the state’s new ban on flavored products is putting them out of business. The emergency rule took effect last month and lasts through February.

The City of Tacoma will be establishing a shelter site in the Hilltop neighborhood for people who are experiencing homelessness. 

The City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the emergency resolution.  It will provide "micro shelter units" next month for people who are currently camped nearby in People's Park. 

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, revolvers fill a display case and ammunition is stacked behind at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash.
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The Tacoma City Council has voted in favor of a new tax on firearms and ammunition. The council unanimously approved the measure in a late-night vote.

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Tacoma has just over a month until its new law banning tents and shelters in city parks goes into effect. The city council recently passed the controversial ordinance, and some advocates are concerned the city won’t be prepared. 

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A Tacoma-based company is partnering with Uber to give people a new way to find work on demand. It's an app that serves as a virtual temp agency — offering shifts in a variety of industries. 

Vaping products on display at the Tacoma-based retailer, House of Cannabis.
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UPDATE, Oct. 9: Washington state has passed an emergency ban on flavored vaping products in response to the nationwide outbreak of vaping related illnesses.

On Wednesday afternoon, the State Board of Health voted in favor of the proposal. Some who attended the meeting warned about the potential unintended consequences, including the possibility that it will drive people to the black market or back to smoking cigarettes. 

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It will soon be illegal to put up tents or other makeshift structures in Tacoma parks. 

On Tuesday night, the Tacoma City Council voted in favor of a ban on temporary structures with walls, despite concerns raised by many residents about how it will affect those who are homeless. 


This March 15, 2017 file photo shows a vape belonging to Branden Kempt, who works at the Future Vapor store in Seattle, rests on the store's counter.
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Washington has become the latest state to pursue a ban on certain vaping products that are suspected of causing severe lung injuries in Washington and across the country.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order aimed at banning both nicotine and THC flavored vaping products.

Inslee called the outbreak of severe lung disease a “health crisis.”

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The City of Tacoma could soon ban temporary structures, such as tents, in city parks. During public comment at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, many people spoke against the ordinance, which would prevent tents or other makeshift dwellings in Tacoma parks — unless expressly authorized.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma.
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A group hoping to halt demolition of a nearly century-old Tacoma church is asking the Archbishop of Seattle to walk back the controversial decision. And Tacoma’s mayor has spoken in favor of preserving the landmark, which can’t be demolished without city approval.

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Thurston County is looking into the arrest of a man by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the county courthouse earlier this year.

On Thursday afternoon, county commissioners will hold a meeting to examine what happened during the June 20 arrest, and consider possible policy changes.

Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez said the ICE arrest at the courthouse came as a total surprise to him.

Congregants of an iconic Tacoma church are mounting a campaign to save the historic building from being demolished. 

On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the decision to tear down Holy Rosary church rather than spend millions of dollars in repairs. 

But longtime members of the congregation, such as Joy Donohue, say they intend to appeal the decree, which came from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.