On February 21 the first grass fire was registered in Ugāle, western Latvia, the Fire and Rescue Service said.
Last week flu intensity in Latvia dropped by 25.8 percent, still it claimed lives of 11 more people in a week, according to data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Saeima in the second reading on February 21 supported the plan to ban placement of tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and their accessories in visible places at stores.
On February 21 the Latvian parliament supported a motion that would have the Rīga municipality provide public services equally to Latvian residents, no matter where they live.
A simple circuit by satellite standards, Latvia's first satellite Venta-1, launched in summer 2017, is showing signs of ripe old age and is nearing the end of its service, reported Latvian Radio February 21.
Educators across Latvia are to strike at the Saeima in March if the government does not include a wage rise for teachers in the new budget, with teachers saying they will strike during the exit exams if this strike action does not work, reported LTV.
Latvia's healthcare system is not viable right now, as there are too few taxpayers supporting too large a system, said Latvia's PM Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) appearing on LTV February 20.
Latvia's Defense Ministry said February 20 that bogus emails had been reported purporting to have been sent by Defense Minister Artis Pabriks but which were in fact fakes.
A Rīga City Council committee on February 19 supported spending €3.8 million on renovating the Uzvaras park in Rīga.
Latvia backs ending the seasonal transition to Daylight Saving Time (DST) and prefers to remain in summer time permanently, according to the Economics Ministry’s report that ministers heard at the closed part of the Cabinet meeting February 19.
Latvian politicians promise a discussion over legalizing medicinal marijuana, reported Latvian Radio February 14.
The police have arrested a criminal who had planned to kidnap a bailiff, extort an amount of €350,000 from him and then kill him, the State Police told the press February 19.
The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) is considering a protest in response to the government’s failure to raise teachers’ wages as scheduled, the union’s leader Inga Vanaga told LETA February 18.
30 years after the end of the Afghan–Soviet war, some of the veterans shared their memories about the war and its aftermath with Latvian Television's Eyewitness show. A total of 3,640 Latvian soldiers were involved in the war, with 177 wounded, 63 dead (other sources say 51) and one still missing.
Law enforcement officers have averted a kidnapping of a state official, LETA was told at the State Police February 18.
The proposed administrative territorial reform could cost up to 1% of GDP, said Environment Minister Juris Pūce appearing on LTV's De Facto February 17.
Bird watchers have noticed several spring migratory birds returning to Latvia in the past couple of days, according to information published on Latvijasputni.lv.
The Rīga City Vidzeme District Court on February 15 received information that the €200,000 bail it had set for the release of Leons Bemhens, the former head of Rīgas Satiksme municipal transport company who has been arrested in connection with an ongoing probe into alleged corruption in the company, has been posted, according to LETA’s sources.
On February 12 the Zelta mikrofons 2019 (Golden Mic) awards were handed, with Instrumenti receiving the best album award for their album Atkala.
An official representative of Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told the Saeima February 14 that keeping the LSM English- and Russian-language services alive despite financial constraints was part of the government's budget plan.
In the second, non-final reading the Saeima endorsed a bill giving the Competition Council (KP) authority to fine and otherwise influence municipal and state institutions over distortion of competition.
Latvia's dedicated anti-graft force, the Corruption Combating and Prevention Agency (KNAB) is currently working despite a serious lack of manpower, the agency's head, Jēkabs Straume, told Latvian Radio February 14.
The Rīga Vidzeme District court has set a €70,000 bail for Edgars Teterovskis, a businessman arrested in a probe over large-scale graft in the Rīgas satiksme municipal transport company, the court told the press February 13.
February 13 is the annual "Shadows day" (Ēnu diena) in Latvia. It's not a pagan festival to entreat the Gods to send some sunshine but a day on which students get to "shadow" professionals in their jobs to get some idea of what they do in a typical working day.
On February 12, the Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the Health Care Financing Law prepared by the Ministry of Health which envisage that even after Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU) or "Brexit" on March 29, its citizens in Latvia will be able to receive state-funded healthcare services.
Investigative journalism group Re:Baltica is urging the new Saeima to revise Latvia's defamation laws in order to stop what it describes as a waste of police time and public money.
The United Kingdom's broadcast regulator, Ofcom, said February 11 a Russian-language television channel broadcasting in Latvia was "in breach" of its rules on impartiality and fair reporting.