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Inslee alters COVID criteria for counties to reopen — or roll back

Apr 9, 2021
A customer, wearing a mask because of the coronavirus outbreak, puts in an order at a bakery Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Yakima.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday altered the criteria used to determine whether a county moves from one COVID-19 reopening phase to another, making it easier for counties to remain in their current phase.

A taxi driver loads luggage from a traveler into the back of his car.
Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press file



After falling behind during the pandemic, taxi drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are pushing back on trip fees officials at one point promised to waive. 

Boxes of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Carlos Osorio / Pool via The Associated Press

British Columbia has reached a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases, now averaging over 1,000 a day for the first time. This surge of cases in British Columbia is matching trends in other parts of the country.

John Dimitriou hard at work in his office at Jazz Alley
Ari Dimitriou

Jazz Appreciation Month brings recognition to the art form and to the artists who produce it. But did you know there are also awards for the behind-the-scenes supporters of jazz? Robin Lloyd has the scoop from jazz journalist Paul De Barros.

Darron Cummings / The Associated Press

The Gonzaga men's basketball team came close this week to being the first undefeated national champions since 1976. But they lost to Baylor in the title game. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick  have a look at the history of this successful program and what's in store for its future.

A plastic recycling company worker sorts out plastic bottles collected for processing at Tokyo Petbottle Recycle Co. in Tokyo in June 2019.
Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press file

It looks increasingly likely that Washington will ban Styrofoam, reduce plastic waste and strengthen recycling markets. A bill to that effect is nearly through the Legislature.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference Nov. 30, 2020, in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Gov. Jay Inslee will announce Monday whether some counties in Washington state will have to roll back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan because of rising cases.

The National Archives building Seattle.
National Archives

The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit.

Cover artwork by Chris Ball

The New Cool turns our attention to modern jazz-funk from Italy this week, as Les Jeux Sont Funk unveils its new digital single, "Spike Lee," from Color Red Music. Like the famous director-actor-screenwriter, it's soulful and cinematic, and also a new direction for the band.

Pianist Bill Charlap
Carol Friedman / courtesy of the artist

When you hear Bill Charlap on piano, you have the sense of someone lost – so lost in the music we may never be able to exist on that mountain with him. Paige Hansen has more on his exquisite playing in our series for Jazz Appreciation Month.