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PHOTO: State retirees in Washington say their quest to restore benefits trimmed by the Legislature hasn't ended with last week's Supreme Court rulings against them. Photo courtesy of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Supreme Court ruled last week that the Legislature can eliminate cost-of-living adjustments to the pension checks of retired state workers. The Retired Public Employees Council of Washington has said no one is getting rich living on a state pension, which avera...Read More

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PHOTO: They may be fierce, but are they tough enough to survive climate change? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has withdrawn its proposal to classify the wolverine as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. It is estimated there are fewer than 300 in the United States. Photo credit: kmwphotography/

SEATTLE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided wolverines should not be classified as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency has withdrawn its proposal to list the animals, citing uncertainty about whether wolverines might adapt to changing climate and shrinking h...Read More

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PHOTO: A volunteer prepares food at the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant in Spokane. The food-assistance program helps clients supplement SNAP benefits that don't always cover food needs. Photo courtesy Northwest Harvest.

SEATTLE - Hunger is often characterized as a big-city problem, but a new study shows that isn't the case based on who is receiving food stamp benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Center for Rural Affairs examined SNAP data for a five-year period ending in 2...Read More

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MAP: The free map created by 10 outdoor recreation and conservation groups is credited with giving a much needed push to the local economy of Darrington, Wash., after the Oso mudslide cut access to the town for two months this spring. Image courtesy

DARRINGTON, Wash. – A visit from a U.S. senator and a newly launched science and technology program for school children are just two of the most recent developments in Darrington. The town of about 1,400 gained worldwide attention in March for its proximity to the deadly Oso mudslide, which ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The media watchdog group Public Knowledge uses an octopus metaphor in its opposition to media mergers such as the proposed Comcast takeover of Time Warner. Image credit: Public Knowledge.

SEATTLE - Comcast wants to acquire Time Warner Cable; they're the two biggest cable TV companies. T-Mobile and Sprint - the third- and fourth-largest wireless providers - are rumored to want to merge, and 21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch reportedly wants to take over Time Warner - the media company...Read More

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PHOTO: Trappers with the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture set and are checking on 25,000 gypsy moth traps this summer. This week, they found their first one, so they're on alert for more. Photo courtesy Wash. State Dept. of Agriculture.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - Bad news was found in a trap near Port Townsend this week - the first gypsy moth of the summer in Washington. Northwest states work hard every summer to keep them out of the region - so hard that even a few found by state trappers lead to an all-out gypsy moth eradication pro...Read More

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PHOTO: Part of the popular Mount Defiance trail system is within the current boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and part is in a proposal to expand it. That legislation emerged from a House committee this week. Photo credit: Charlie Raines.

SEATTLE - Legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area near Snoqualmie Pass has been inching its way through Congress for about seven years, but there was good and bad news for Alpine Lakes fans and supporters on Wednesday. The bill (HR 361) was approved with a group of other public lands...Read More

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PHOTO: Officer Briggs Schulz, left, of the Federal Way Police Department shares his views with a group of high school students in a "Teens Against Distracted Driving" presentation. Attorney Jason Epstein (R) asks teens to pledge to not text and drive, and not to ride with friends who do. Photo credit: Sam Fletcher, Premier Law Group

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Laws that ban texting while driving - and that allow law enforcement to cite someone for texting without another reason to pull the vehicle over - are the most effective at preventing distracted driving deaths, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. ...Read More

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