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Mudhoney, dirt, mud, sewage, it all kind of fits. Runoff, toxic waste, you know, that fits the band.

Mark Arm, longtime front man of the Seattle grunge rock band Mudhoney, on what he calls a “pretty crazy and weird honor” of the band becoming the namesake for a massive new tunnel-boring machine. MudHoney the machine (with a capital H) was the overwhelming choice (76 percent) in an online vote run by Seattle Public Utilities. When the giant drill gets to work this summer, it will dig a tunnel almost 19 feet wide and 2.7 miles long to satisfy a federal consent decree for King County to reduce storm and wastewater pollution. The project is expected to be completed by 2025. (Seattle Times — April 12, 2021)

April 13, 2021
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It also provides a level of confidence for the entire community that we are taking all appropriate measures.

Northeastern University Chancellor Kenneth Henderson, regarding the university’s decision to require students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall in hopes to achieve herd immunity on campus. Universities are divided about requiring students to get vaccinated before returning to campus. (Associated Press — April 12, 2021)

April 12, 2021
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No to voter suppression. No to photo ID. And no to efforts to silence the voices of Missouri’s voters any longer.

Denise Lieberman, of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, protesting the bill that was passed by the state Legislature last month that will impose strict voting regulations, including photo ID requirements. (NPR — April 9, 2021)

April 9, 2021
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Everyone knows someone in their life who is not willing to get vaccinated.

Kolina Koltai, a vaccine misinformation researcher at the University of Washington, regarding the large proportion of Americans who are not planning on getting the coronavirus vaccine and the many reasons why they are declining it. Experts are worried that there will be too many people who don’t get the vaccine for the nation to reach herd immunity. (NPR — April 7, 2021)

April 8, 2021
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This is us flexing our muscles as a state that we need to do.

Idaho state Rep. Sage Dixon, regarding the state’s decision to approve legislation that would give lawmakers veto power over the federal government and federal court decisions. Several lawmakers predict court challenges to the legislation if it becomes law. (Associated Press — April 6, 2021)

April 7, 2021
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Some women will choose abortion without making an ‘informed and deliberate’ decision ... and some will later come to regret that irreversible decision.

Tennessee, in the state’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court reinstate a 48-hour waiting period for abortions. (Reuters — April 5, 2021)

April 6, 2021
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My concern is that President Biden has allowed the world to feel it’s OK to just come on in.

Matthew Behrs, a Trump supporter, regarding President Biden’s immigration policies and the sharply increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Overall, about 40 percent of adult Americans disapprove of Biden’s response to the southern border situation. (Associated Press — April 5, 2021)

April 5, 2021
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I think we all have to acknowledge that social media companies are the new town square.

Texas Sen. Bryan Hughes, regarding a bill that would block social media companies from banning residents due to their political views. (The Hill — April 1, 2021)

April 2, 2021
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This legislation is wrong and needs to be remedied.

Coca-Cola Chief Executive Officer James Quincey, regarding Georgia’s new election law that has been criticized as a threat to the democratic process. Coca-Cola is one of several major companies in the state, including Delta Airlines, that have come out in opposition to the bill. (Associated Press — April 1, 2021)

April 1, 2021
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It’s weird but cool at the same time.

Moses Doe, a freshman at Downtown Burlington High School, commenting on attending a school that is housed in a former Macy’s department store, which underwent a $3.5 million retrofitting to ensure the building would be able to hold classes. The former school building was closed due to the presence of toxic chemicals. (Associated Press — March 31, 2021)

March 31, 2021
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If the governor signs this bill into law, Virginia will take a seat alongside the strongest state and municipal bans in the country.

Chad Marlow, the ACLU’s senior policy counsel on privacy, surveillance and technology, regarding a Virginia bill that bans facial recognition purchases and usage from all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments unless individually approved by the state Legislature. (Associated Press — March 29, 2021)

March 30, 2021
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