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With the U.S. Capitol in the background, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Guard troops pour into Washington as states answer the call

Jan. 16, 2021 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation's capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own...

Governor doubles Pennsylvania Guard sent to help Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 5:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will double the number of National Guard members it's sending to help secure Washington after the violent riot last week in which angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he was sending about 1,000 more to help...

NC governor sending another 100 Guard members to Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 4:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another 100 North Carolina National Guard members are going to Washington to help with security leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday. Cooper had already announced 200 guard members would be heading to the...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, orchard worker Francisco Hernandez reaches to pull honey crisp apples off a tree during a thinning of the trees at an orchard in Yakima, Wash. The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be delayed or performed remotely. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Ag industry wants farmworkers prioritized for vaccinations

Jan. 15, 2021 4:45 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be delayed or performed remotely. A letter sent Thursday to Inslee...

Colorado sending at least 200 National Guard to Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is sending at least 200 members of its National Guard to Washington to help provide security for next week's presidential inauguration. Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday that he was activating Guard members at the request of the District of Columbia National Guard. "The presence of the...

Hawaii National Guard sending 200 troops to Washington

Jan. 14, 2021 8:19 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard will send 200 troops to Washington, D.C., to help support "a peaceful transition of power," the state's governor said Thursday. The Guard members will arrive before next Wednesday and will help local law enforcement, the governor's office said in a news release. ...

Vermont to send 100 National Guard troops to Washington

Jan. 14, 2021 2:25 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard will send about 100 infantry soldiers to Washington to help provide security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Most of the soldiers will be from the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Vermont Adj. Gen. Greg Knight, the head of the Vermont...

COVID-19 cases up in Washington, vaccinations to be expanded

Jan. 13, 2021 10:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health said Wednesday that COVID-19 cases appear to be increasingly sharply in the most recent data. The flat and declining case count trends in mid-to-late December may be due to fewer people seeking care or getting tested over the holidays, officials...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 file photo image taken from video, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks as the House debates the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Pennsylvania, at the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, Jan. 12 Herrera Beutler came out in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump over last week's riot at the Capitol.  (House Television via AP, File)

2 Washington state Republicans support impeaching Trump

Jan. 13, 2021 5:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday over the riot of his loyalists at the U.S. Capitol were from Washington state. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, and Rep. Dan...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as Governor, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Washington state must work toward a 'new normal'

Jan. 13, 2021 5:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a videotaped speech to a mostly remote meeting of the Washington Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday told lawmakers that following the challenges of 2020, the state must move to a “new normal” that addresses a multitude of issues, including equity, affordable...