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PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u...Read More

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PHOTO: Up, up and away...unless there are problems. During the busy holiday travel season, airline passengers are urged to know their rights in case of flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage and other potential hassles. Photo credit: travinkovstudio/

SEATTLE - Airports will be bustling this week with folks catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations. Sea-Tac International expects more than 600,000 travelers. While the thought of delays or cancellations may be stressful, airline passengers can take some comfort in knowing they have some ...Read More

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PHOTO: Having a parent in Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center is a particular challenge for children. Advocates for immigration reform say they're glad one focus of President Obama's executive order is keeping families intact while undocumented parents work toward legal residency or citizenship. Photo courtesy of Common Language Project.

TACOMA, Wash. - Only some of the 230,000 undocumented immigrants living in Washington will be touched by President Obama's executive order announced Thursday night. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the country without authorization, particularly fo...Read More

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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/

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/

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/

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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