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PHOTO: Randy Kurtz and Karen Mork, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, help with registration at the Washington State Labor Council convention. Donations are also being collected for wildfire relief efforts in the area. Photo credit: Tim Welch

WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Washington State Labor Council's annual convention started Tuesday in an unexpected haze of smoke from the wildfires near Wenatchee. So, the group is collecting donations and handing out relief applications to anyone who has lost homes or possessions. Labor leaders are there ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerned citizens and conservation groups are attending the three-day meeting of the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee to protest rollbacks in conservation rebates for energy consumers. Photo by: Ivan Penn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How much you spend on your power bill for the next 10 years and beyond will depend on the outcome of a meeting by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) this week. Per state law, the PSC meets every five years to establish the state's energy conservation plan, and utility c ...Read More

PHOTO: The Hoosier Environmental Council says the reservoir that would be created by damming the West Fork White River would harm the environment and Indiana's recreation and tourism. Photo courtesy moundslake.org.

INDIANAPOLIS – Environmental groups in Indiana warn there would be long-lasting impacts if the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir northeast of Indianapolis is constructed. Community leaders in Anderson want to build a dam on the West Fork White River that would create the reservoir, extending se ...Read More

PHOTO: Erin Rice of Middleton was misdiagnosed in a trip to a Madison emergency room and died as a result of what was determined to be malpractice. But by Wisconsin law, her parents could not file a wrongful death claim. Her father wants Gov. Scott Walker to help change that law. Photo courtesy of the Rice family.

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin and Florida are the only two states that completely bar recovery of legal damages by adult children in medical malpractice wrongful death cases. If you are 18 or over and your divorced or widowed parent dies as a result of medical malpractice, you cannot file a laws ...Read More

PHOTO: State police say the number of female troopers is not a good reflection of the communities they serve and protect, and they want more women to consider a career in law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to fighting crime and keeping Michigan streets safe, Michigan State Police (MSP) want women to know law enforcement isn't just a man's job. Trooper Marjorie Richardson has been with the state police for over 25 years, and while many believe police work is purely physi ...Read More

PHOTO: The thought of housing undocumented children brought people, both supporters and opponents, to the streets of Oracle, Arizona this week. Photo courtesy of Frank Pierson.

ORACLE, Ariz. - Housing undocumented children is causing public displays of both protest and support in communities in the Southwest, including Oracle, Arizona, located about 100 miles north of the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Frank Pierson lives in Oracle and is the president of the St. Helen Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding out about candidates and initiatives on any ballot in Washington state is possible by entering the voter's address on the website Vote411.org. Photo credit: scyther5/iStockphoto.com
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SEATTLE - It takes time to figure out who to vote for in next month's primary election in Washington. Often, the political ads sling more mud than they do facts. But there is one research option that its creators say is nonpartisan, and lets the candidates speak for themselves. Vote411.org is a web ...Read More

PHOTO: The Florida Legislature said on Tuesday it will not appeal the Leon County Circuit Court ruling overturning district lines drawn in 2012. Photo credit: Jenn Greiving.

TALLAHASEE, Fla. - Florida's Legislature will not repeal last week's court ruling that struck down the state's Congressional map that were drawn in 2012. Last week, a Leon County Circuit Court judge found the current district map unfairly favors Republicans. Lines will be redrawn, but it's still no ...Read More

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