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Gov. Jay Inslee is to hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. to talk about the state’s phased approach to re-opening the economy and provide an update on contact tracing. This feed is from TVW.

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FILE - This October 2021, photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday, Oct. 26, endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. (Pfizer via AP, File)
Pfizer vaccines for younger kids expected in state next week

The Health Department estimates about 30% of parents will seek shots immediately for children ages 5-11.

The North Cascades Highway is seen from the Washington Pass overlook on Oct. 11. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
State sets winter closing date for North Cascades Highway

The scenic road is expexted to close Nov. 15, or sooner if there is significant snow or ice.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Nicholas Kristof speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference in New York. The former New York Times reporter and columnist announced Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 he is running for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up on a rural farm. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Forner New York Times reporter is running for Oregon governor

Nicholas Kristof was raised in Yamhill, Oregon, and went on to become a foreign correspondent and columnist.

A sign that reads "No Jab" is held by a person taking part in a demonstration opposing mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates outside the Legislative Building, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Federal judge rejects bid to stop Washington vaccine mandate

Workers say their civil rights are being violated by the requirement they get vaccinated to keep their jobs.

FILE - Kim Wyman, Washington state's Secretary of State, poses for a photo on Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. The Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the frontrunner for a job heading the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
GOP secretary of state resigns to take federal elections job

Kim Wyman, who rejects claims that the 2020 election was rigged, will join the Department of Homeland Security.

A Snohomish County PUD crew works to restore power in Mountlake Terrace on Sunday night. (Snohomish County PUD)
Tens of thousands without power in Pacific Northwest; 2 killed

More power outages are reported to be possible through Monday.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, poses with Tana Lin in Washington on June 9, 2021. The U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, confirmed civil rights attorney Tana Lin as a federal judge in Seattle. Lin, the president of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, will be the first former public defender and the first Asian American to serve as a federal judge in Washington state, said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. (John Shinkle/U.S. Senate Photographic Studio via AP)
Senate confirms first Asian American as US judge in Seattle

Tana Lin is the president of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

In this May 31, 2019, photo provided by the Auburn Police Department via the Port of Seattle Police Department, Auburn police Officer Jeff Nelson, second from right, is shown at the scene where he shot and killed Jesse Sarey in a grocery store parking lot in Auburn, Wash. Although Nelson has been investigated in more than 60 use-of-force cases since 2012, he wasn't placed on the King County Prosecuting Attorney's "potential impeachment disclosure" list, or Brady List, which flags officers whose credibility is in question due to misconduct, until after he was charged in Sarey's killing. (Auburn Police Department via Port of Seattle Police Department via AP)
Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

The Brady Lists could shine a light on troubled officers, but many police unions work to hide them.

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a sign at the headquarters for the Washington state Employment Security Department is shown at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Washington’s unemployment rate in September was 4.9%

Employers added 17,600 jobs last month, a 7.3% increase over August.

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