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PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad ...Read More

IMAGE: Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week is dedicated to removing the shame from a problem Washington employment law experts say impacts people's health and careers. Flyer courtesy of workplacebullying.org

SEATTLE - Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week is drawing to a close, and those on the front lines say it is an issue that impacts worker's health, careers and even businesses' bottom lines. Seattle employment law attorney Elizabeth Hanley, who chairs the Washington State Association for Justice Em ...Read More

PHOTO: Providing enough land for renewable-energy development in the California desert, while protecting lands that are home to several endangered species, is the goal of a proposal that is open for public comment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The public is invited to comment on a proposed plan that would guide the future of all renewable-energy development on more than $22 million acres of the California desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a joint federal and state effort to identify locations ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, "The Big Squeeze," finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Higher education costs are going up - and state funding is going down. A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, called The Big Squeeze, finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Mean ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 56 percent of Washington college graduates emerge from school with an average student loan debt of $24,000. At a conference this weekend in Tacoma, higher-ed stakeholders will discuss ways to increase state support for colleges and universities. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

TACOMA, Wash. - Public colleges and universities in Washington have frozen tuition for two years, but according to the premise of the upcoming Higher Education Funding Strategies and Solutions conference, the Legislature could be doing much more to improve the quality and cost of higher education in ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutrition is one focus of the 21st Century Afterschool programs in Yakima. A new report says 17 percent of Washington kids are enrolled in after-school programs; parents say 36 percent would be if they had access to one. Photo courtesy NW Community Action Center.
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SEATTLE - One in five children in Washington ends the school day with no adult supervision in the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., according to a state-by-state report on after-school programs that are intended to keep kids learning and safe. In Washington, the report said, 17 percent of children are en ...Read More

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