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PHOTO: From Mt. Rainier to a community pool or athletic field, hundreds of Washington sites have benefited from Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. The fund was created by Congress 50 years ago this week, but is set to expire in 2015. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE - The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has touched lives in every county of Washington, and the fund officially turns 50 years old this week. On the anniversary of the vote that created it, Representative Dave Reichert joined a group of lawmakers to tout the benefits of the fund for ...Read More

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PHOTO: Randy Kurtz and Karen Mork, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, help with registration at the Washington State Labor Council convention. Donations are also being collected for wildfire relief efforts in the area. Photo credit: Tim Welch

WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Washington State Labor Council's annual convention started Tuesday in an unexpected haze of smoke from the wildfires near Wenatchee. So, the group is collecting donations and handing out relief applications to anyone who has lost homes or possessions. Labor leaders are there ...Read More

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PHOTO: Community Health Centers serve more than 22 million people nationwide, mostly low-wage workers and the uninsured. They say they'd have to cut that number by 25 percent if Congress doesn't reauthorize some of their funding in 2015. Photo credit: Fotosmurf03/

YAKIMA, Wash. – They're calling it a health care funding cliff. Community Health Centers, including those in Washington, face what's being described as a dramatic funding cut next year. The centers are local clinics that treat patients no matter their insurance status or ability to pay, and...Read More

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PHOTO: Finding out about candidates and initiatives on any ballot in Washington state is possible by entering the voter's address on the website Photo credit: scyther5/
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SEATTLE - It takes time to figure out who to vote for in next month's primary election in Washington. Often, the political ads sling more mud than they do facts. But there is one research option that its creators say is nonpartisan, and lets the candidates speak for themselves. is a web...Read More

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PHOTO: How much political clout can corporations or millionaires buy? Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that increased campaign spending limits also prompted SJR 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to curtail those limits. It was approved 10-8 by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday. Photo credit: Lucidology/

SEATTLE - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 19 on Thursday in a 10-8 party-line vote. Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campaign co-director ...Read More

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PHOTO: Washington's favorite entree is one reason Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an update to the state's water quality laws. But commercial fishing and water-keepers' groups are already in court asking the EPA to step in. Photo credit: gbh007/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing an update to the state's water quality rules. On its surface, it sounds like good news for fans of Northwest-caught seafood. But commercial fishermen and four 'water-keeper' organizations are saying it's too little, too late. They're in federal court, a...Read More

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PHOTO: How much power can you use? Consumer advocates say the process of "decoupling" sales from profits allows utilities to promote energy savings instead of focusing on selling more power to customers. Photo credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE - A Thurston County court decision hasn't changed an official ruling made last year that enables Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to improve its energy-efficiency programs without disappointing its shareholders for not selling more power. Last summer, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Com...Read More

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PHOTO: It can be a tough row to hoe for new and beginning farmers, but the state is working to assist them with outreach opportunities, like this poultry workshop in Whatcom County and an expanded Farm Internship Program. Photo courtesy Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is looking for a few good farmers, willing to also be good teachers. After a successful pilot program in two counties, Washington's Farm Internship Project expands in July to 16 counties. Patrice Barrentine, education and outreach coordinator with the Washi...Read More

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