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Reviewing 2021: Hilary Franz on forest health, protecting forests from development

2021 has been a big year for Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz. She convinced the legislature to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years to pay for forest health and wildfire prevention projects. She says her agency is now laying the groundwork needed to do those.

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Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling nearly half a million adult portable bed rails after the reports of two deaths, one in 2011 and another in 2015.

The voluntary recall issued Monday involves four different models of the company's Bed Assist Handle and Bed Assist Rail adult portable bed rails, totaling more than 496,000 units.

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NASA announced 10 astronaut candidates on Monday, selecting a group from more than 12,000 applications. The group, which includes four women, will train in hopes of being named to NASA's first human missions to the moon in more than 50 years.

The would-be astronauts reflect a broad stretch of America, from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

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