Monday, October 25, 2021

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Younger children may soon be able to get the COVID vaccine, plus a legal dispute over social-studies standards in South Dakota simmers over references to Native American culture.

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President Biden makes his case for his spending package in New Jersey as Sen. Joe Manchin says a deal could be reached this week; plus former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifies before Parliament in London.

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An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas has worked with Public News Service since 2006, currently as senior editor. Previous experience includes stints as a news reporter, producer and anchor for TV stations in Boise, ID (KBOI), Portland, OR (KATU), and Dallas, TX (WFAA), plus multiple radio stations and three daily newspapers. Also a former film critic and restaurant critic tough but fair! Chris also writes and edits non-news copy for a variety of organizations.


Languages Spoken: English, Greek

Topic Expertise: Food safety, politics, salmon recovery, environment, eldercare & dementia

Local Expertise: Pacific Northwest, Texas, Greece

Location: Seattle, WA and Boise, ID

Demographic Expertise: Seniors, rural Americans

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WA Part-Time College Instructors Seek Job Stability

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Funds Still Available to Help Low-Income Oregonians with Power Bills

REDMOND, Ore. - Oregonians at risk of falling behind on their home-heating bills this winter have some options. Funds are still available for the …


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