A Forensic Toxicology Lab in Washington State Has a Meth Problem

Reading Time: 14 minutes Patrick AventurierGetty Images (Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post) Being our semi-regular, somewhat belated, weekly survey of what’s going down in the several states where, as we know, the real work go governmentin’ gets done and where somebody said dignity was the first to leave. We begin in Washington state, where yet another crime lab … Read more

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes BLY: Out-of-state crews headed to Montana on Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Progress was being made on the nation’s largest blaze, the Bootleg fire in Oregon, but less than half of it had been … Read more

Joe Biden to speak about Afghanistan amid swift US pullout on Thursday – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Thursday will offer his most extensive comments to date about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, a pullout that is raising concerns about a civil war there and drawing Republican criticism. A White House official said Biden would update the American people on the situation and that no major policy pronouncements … Read more

New Mexico gives most US funding to child care of any state – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes SANTA FE: New Mexico is directing the nation’s biggest chunk of federal coronavirus relief money to helping middle-class families pay for child care, a vast expansion aimed at getting parents back to work in one of the poorest states in America. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that the state will subsidize child care at … Read more

Hundreds of deaths could be linked to Northwest heat wave – Times of India

Reading Time: 7 minutes SALEM, Ore.: The grim toll of the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest became more apparent as authorities in Canada, Oregon and Washington state said Wednesday they were investigating hundreds of deaths likely caused by scorching temperatures that shattered all-time records in the normally temperate region. British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her … Read more

5 policies Washington should enact to end the climate crisis and joblessness – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 11 minutes Bobby Franklin Contributor More posts by this contributor A new foreign investment bill will impact venture capital and the US startup ecosystem The startup community must defend merit-based immigration Michael Brown Contributor The importance of the U.S. startup ecosystem was made crystal clear during the pandemic: Many of us came to rely on new technologies … Read more

Death toll in Florida condo collapse climbs to 9, with 150 still missing – Times of India

Reading Time: 10 minutes SURFSIDE: The official death toll from the partial collapse of a high-rise condominium complex near Miami rose to nine on Sunday, with more than 150 people still missing, as rescue teams picked through the rubble for a fourth day without detecting further signs of life. What caused nearly half the 12-story, 156-unit building to cave … Read more