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New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage, we get perspective from Utah; also on the rundown, a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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On Wednesday, a Washington State Senate committee held a public hearing in Olympia on two bills that address the gender pay gap in the state. (SounderBruce/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- At its current rate, the pay gap for women in Washington state compared to men won't close until 2070. As the new legislative session begins, hopes are high that 2018 is the year lawmakers update the state's equal-pay laws and close that gap much sooner. On Wednesday, the Senate

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use. (Global Panorama/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A move on Thursday signals what could be the start of a federal crackdown on marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will rescind the so-called Cole Memo, an Obama-era document that de-prioritized prosecution of cannabis laws. Washington and Colorado were the fir

A massive raid that was planned for September, known as

SEATTLE -- Here in Washington and across the nation, civil rights and immigrants' advocacy groups are suing over the federal government's refusal to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request about a recently planned immigration raid. In September, immigrant groups obtained details of "Operation

There are about 500,000 Sikhs in the United States. (Michela Simoncini/Flickr)

RENTON, Wash. -- Washington state's Sikh community was rattled in March when a Sikh man in Kent was shot in his driveway. The assailant reportedly yelled, "Go back to your country," leaving many Sikhs unsure of their futures in the area. But since then, many local Sikhs have been building bridges

Farmworkers on Sarbanand Farms say they discovered their work visas expired a month ago. (Community to Community Development)

SUMAS, Wash. - Farmworkers and community members are demanding accountability from Sarbanand Farms in Whatcom County, after a worker died there over the weekend. Workers say Honesto Silva Ibarra complained to his employer about feeling ill before he collapsed in the fields last week. Ibarra took hi

People in Washington and across the country see passage of the American with Disabilities Act, 27 years ago today, as a major civil-rights victory. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SEATTLE - The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 27 today, and its advocates are celebrating the legislation and also looking at the future of their movement for equality. The ADA changed the landscape of the country and made it easier for people with disabilities to seek accommodations, althoug

In 2015, the Washington Human Rights Commission passed a rule that guarantees people access to bathrooms designated for the gender with which they live. (Checkingfax/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE -- Petitioners have one more day to collect signatures for an initiative that would allow people to use only bathrooms designated for the gender they were assigned at birth. Initiative 1552 would repeal the Washington Human Rights Commission's 2015 rule that guaranteed people access to bat

May Day rallies across the country are expected to be ramped up this year in opposition to the Trump administration. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

PASCO, Wash. -- Today is May Day, and Washingtonians are rallying with people across the country in support of laborers and immigrant communities. Otherwise known as International Workers' Day, May Day now is also associated with immigrants' rights. The Tri-Cities area has been planning May Day pr

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