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PHOTO: What does Washington sound like? Ecology professor Bryan Pijanowski wants to know. He's collaborating with folks from around the world for an Earth Day project, attempting to capture up to a million natural sound recordings. Photo courtesy Purdue University.

SEATTLE - Today, an American research team is asking folks from around the world to participate in an Earth Day experience by helping capture up to 1 million sound recordings of the natural environment, from waterfalls and chirping birds to traffic noise. Led by Purdue University ecologist Bryan Pi...Read More

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - One in three Washington residents makes time for some kind of volunteer activity during the year, and the value of these time contributions totals an impressive $5.6 billion. Today, the state is saying "thanks." On Volunteer Appreciation Day, Gov. Jay Inslee is honoring 44 people i...Read More

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Photo: T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 health care working expecting a back pay check of as much as $3,500 from the state thanks to legal action by his union, SEIU 775. Credit: SEIU
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SEATTLE – It will likely take another several weeks to get their first check, but tens of thousands of home care workers are eagerly awaiting their share of $57 million in back pay owed to them by the state. SEIU 775 executive board member T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 home care workers ...Read More

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PHOTO: Attorney Ben Wells who is donating office space at his Arlington law office for mudslide victims to get free legal advice. Courtesy: Ben Wells

EVERETT, Wash. – No house left, but still a hefty mortgage with plenty of payments left. That's just one of the legal problems Oso mudslide survivors face, and now the legal community is banding together to help. Joel Nichols, an attorney who practices in Everett, is organizing pro bono le...Read More

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PHOTO: Residents of the San Juans say having portions of the islands designated as a national monument assures them local input on management of that land. Photo credit: Linda Hudson.

SEATTLE - It has been one year since the San Juan Islands National Monument was created by President Obama, and island residents are concerned that other communities will not get the same chance, if a bill that just passed in the House makes its way through Congress. The legislation would make it m...Read More

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PHOTO: Washington needs to do a better job planning for a more diverse population and workforce, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that examines racial inequities in education and child well-being. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

SEATTLE - Doors of opportunity may open or close for kids starting in early childhood depending on their race or ethnic background, and a new report examines those racial differences by state. In Washington, it says, children who are white or from some Asian/Pacific Islander subgroups fare far bett...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to breathtaking views of places such as Fisher Peak, the North Cascades National Park complex reported contributing $26.4 million to the local economy in 2013. Photo credit: Autumn Carlsen, National Park Service.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Obama wants to allocate more money to the National Park Service to spruce up the parks for the agency's 100th birthday, and Congress will decide whether to go along with that request in the next few weeks. The president is proposing a small increase of $55 million in the N...Read More

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PHOTO: Today is the last chance for public comments on the release of "Lolita," a former Washington orca who has performed for more than 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare Institute.

SEATTLE – A former Washington orca now living in Florida might have a chance to return to her native waters. Lolita has been performing tricks at the Miami Seaquarium for 43 years – and today is the last day for public comments about whether she gets a shot at retirement. Lolita was ...Read More

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