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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 

    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: A new bike helmet is just one key to safer summer fun for Washington children. This weekend's YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities at many 'Y' locations will include helmet-fitting and giveaways. Photo courtesy of Group Health Cooperative.

SEATTLE - This Saturday across the state, many YMCA locations are having Healthy Kids Day events to start the summer with tips on bike, water and sun safety. Pediatrician Dr. Paula Lozano is an assistant medical director for preventive care with Group Health. She says most summer safety guidelines...Read More

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PHOTO: The Ebey Blockhouse on Whidbey Island is one of the historic farm buildings at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville. The reserve is a candidate for preservation in 2016 with Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee takes up the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has brought $600 million to the Evergreen State over the last 50 years for conservation and recreation projects. But the LWCF is set to expire this fall, and Congress h...Read More

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PHOTO: Seattle gets high marks in new AARP rankings for livability. Anyone can check out the rankings for their town or city online, on AARP's Livability Index. Photo credit: kakisky/

SEATTLE - What makes a community livable might change depending on the age of the person giving the opinion. At this week's American Planning Association meeting in Seattle, AARP unveils an online "Livability Index" that anyone can use to determine how well any community is meeting specific needs....Read More

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PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat...Read More

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PHOTO: Taxes are on the minds of many in Washington with today's tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis divvies up each federal tax dollar to explain where it goes. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

SEATTLE - It's federal income-tax filing deadline day, and those rushing to send their returns may wonder exactly where the money goes. Individual income tax payments make up almost half of all federal revenue. The National Priorities Project keeps tabs on government spending. Its research director...Read More

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PHOTO: State workers' contracts for the next two years have already been negotiated, including st Western Washington University, where this rally took place in August. Senate Republicans are suggesting they all be renegotiated to save money. Photo courtesy Wash. Federation of State Employees.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It would be back to the drawing board for state workers and agencies if the Washington Senate GOP budget proposal is adopted. The proposal suggests that state employee contracts, ratified last fall, be renegotiated. Supporters of the proposed budget say the changes would cost the ...Read More

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PHOTO: Members of the Swinomish Tribe, seen here at a tribal ceremony, are concerned that long trains of oil tank cars are crossing their reservation every week, a development the Tribe says violates its 1991 easement agreement with a rail company. Photo credit: Leslie Dierauf/U.S. Geological Survey.

SEATTLE - A Native American tribe says too many trains, some of which carry volatile Bakken crude, are crossing its reservation and it's suing the rail company to stop them. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alleges BNSF Railway is violating an easement agreement made in 1991. The agreement se...Read More

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PHOTO: Beavers are busy in the Snohomish watershed, as they're being relocated to higher elevations where their dam-building skills help moderate stream flow and provide better habitat for salmon and other fish. Photo courtesy Beavers Northwest.

SEATTLE - Sometimes moving to a new neighborhood is the best choice for everyone. That's the theory behind a research project by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington to relocate beaver families. The critters have become a nuisance in the lowlands but in higher elevations, their hard work can benefit th...Read More

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