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PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t...Read More

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PHOTO: AARP Washington State Director Doug Shadel prowls a parking lot with a convicted ID thief as part of his research about consumer fraud. The group's new survey says few Washingtonians take all the little but important steps to prevent identity theft. Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

SEATTLE - Many Washingtonians are playing right into the hands of crooks and identity thieves, according to a new statewide survey by AARP Washington. And it's the simple fraud prevention tips everyone has heard that, surprisingly, they're not putting into place. Fifty-seven percent of those surve...Read More

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PHOTO: Maury Forman addresses a group of prospective entrepreneurs in Republic, Wash., an area that will feel the economic effects of the Buckhorn gold mine closure in 2015 and where residents are looking at other business opportunities. Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Commerce.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Move over Shark Tank! Washington entrepreneurs are ready to dive into new business ventures – and across the state, this is the week to get started. The third annual Global Entrepreneurship Week has grown to include every county, and more than 200 workshops and class...Read More

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PHOTO: Community Health Centers are working to help veterans make the transition from military life to careers in the health care field, and are in the midst of a three-year initiative to hire at least 8,000 veterans. Photo credit: Scukrov/FeaturePics.com.

YAKIMA, Wash. - Community Health Centers have made a commitment to reach out to veterans - whether they're in need of health care or looking for a career. Essentially local health clinics, these centers see patients no matter their insurance status or ability to pay. The Washington Association of C...Read More

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PHOTO: State employees in Washington have even more incentive to quit smoking, courtesy of the 2013 Legislature. Tobacco use now means a $25 monthly surcharge for health insurance. Photo credit: Nitrocephal/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – At insurance benefit fairs around the state this month, state employees are learning more about what's being done to cover them, while they're also working to keep health-care costs down. This year, for the first time, anyone on a state health plan in Washington who uses toba...Read More

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PHOTO: It's some of the toughest but most rewarding work around. This year, about one-and-a-quarter million family caregivers in Washington will deliver more than $10 billion worth of unpaid care for their aging or ailing relatives. Photo credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE - November is National Family Caregivers Month, and for more than a million Washingtonians, caring for an ailing parent or spouse is part of their daily life and routine. To support those who put their jobs, career, other family members, and even their own health aside to provide in-home ca...Read More

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PHOTO: Halloween wraps up National Bat Week. The Townsend's big-eared bat is one of 15 species that live in Washington, and almost all are suffering population loss. Photo courtesy of BLM.

SEATTLE - Bats are one of the stars for Halloween celebrations tonight, and part of this week's "National Bat Week" observance is bat myth-busting for the 15 species of bats that live in Washington. Dianne Odegard, outreach coordinator at Bat Conservation International, says once you get to know bat...Read More

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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

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