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 By Chris Thomas    News    December 13, 2012

A New Approach for Saving NW Salmon?

SEATTLE - The federal agency in charge of making plans for salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest is reaching out to a couple hundred people, businesses and associations, in what could signal a more collaborative approach to saving the endangered...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    December 3, 2012

Tribe Members to Weigh in at WA Coal Plant Hearing

SPOKANE, Wash. - A packed house is expected Tuesday at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for a hearing about a coal terminal planned for western Washington, near Bellingham. Some concerned citizens coming to add their comments do not live anywhere near...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    August 17, 2012

Survey: Environment Bridges WA's "Great Divide" Between East, West

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Washington's 8th Congressional District spans a lot more ground than it did before, with a more diverse population. And a new poll of voters in the district indicates they have some common ideological ground as well. It says no...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    August 15, 2012

A Chilling Correlation: Housing Woes and Child Abuse

SEATTLE - Home foreclosure rates and child abuse don't appear to have much in common, but a new study of data from 38 children's hospitals and their local real-estate markets shows a chilling correlation. For each 1 percent increase in mortgage...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    July 2, 2012

Conservation Funding Cut from Transportation Bill

MOSSYROCK, Wash. - The Land and Water Conservation Fund is in limbo. The federal program was cut from the massive $120 billion surface transportation funding bill that Congress passed late last week. The Fund uses fees from oil and gas exploration -...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    June 18, 2012

After the "Rockets' Red Glare" Comes the Cleanup

LONG BEACH, Wash. - After the colorful Fourth of July fireworks have faded from the night sky, they're not really gone - not if you count the leftover plastic that litters beaches, lawns and fields across the state. A Washington group urges people...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    June 14, 2012

Health Records: Round 'Em Up, Store 'Em Online

SEATTLE - Doctors and clinics around the state are adapting to electronic medical records - and now, their patients over age 50 can use them, too. This month, AARP has launched an online tool to allow its members to organize health and medical...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    June 11, 2012

Will Disney's Junk-Food Ad Ban Help Curb Child Obesity?

SEATTLE - The announcement by the Walt Disney Co. that it would ban junk food advertising on its children's programs and networks is being called a publicity stunt by some and a critical step in the battle against obesity by others, including First...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    June 8, 2012

Will Farm Bill 'Level the Field' for Organic Producers?

SEATTLE - As the Farm Bill heads to the Senate floor for debate, at least one amendment is expected on behalf of organic farmers. Making sure farmers have crop insurance is a big part of the nation's food supply safety net outlined in the Farm Bill...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    June 4, 2012

To Prevent Cycling Injuries, "Put a Lid on It"

SEATTLE - Put a lid on it! That's the message from the American Academy of Pediatrics, confirming that riding without a helmet significantly increases a bicyclist's risk of sustaining a head injury in the event of a crash. Emergency room physician Mi...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 29, 2012

Centralia Death Calls New Attention to Child Abuse Prevention

CENTRALIA, Wash. - A high-profile murder case in Lewis County has a 25-year-old man in custody for the horrific death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter just before Memorial Day. It gives new urgency to pending federal legislation focused on...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 24, 2012

For WA Oil Refineries, What Qualifies as Air Pollution?

SEATTLE - If you can't meet the requirements to regulate air pollution, try changing them. That's what plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit say the state of Washington is attempting to do. Last year, environmental groups sued the state for failing to...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 17, 2012

A Volcanic Addition to the National Park System?

SEATTLE - Friday is the 32nd anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. The area is now a national monument, but people are gathering there that day to make a case for turning it into a national park. The added prestige of park designation would...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 16, 2012

Part-time Professors Get Unemployment Advice from the Pros

RENTON, Wash. - Getting unemployment benefits can be a challenge, particularly for those in temporary jobs. This weekend, part-time college instructors are getting a short course in how and when to file for unemployment. More than half the faculty...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 15, 2012

SeaTac 'Turbulence' Over Airport Workers' Wages & Benefits

SEATAC, Wash. - There's some turbulence at the biggest airport in the state, as workers behind the scenes at Sea-Tac International speak up about their concerns about pay and benefits as contractors. Today, some will take those concerns to the...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 11, 2012

In WA Prisons, a Mother's Day “Disconnect”

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Calling Mom on Mother's Day can be an expensive proposition if you're in prison. In Washington, people who are incarcerated pay a service charge from $3.50 to $4.95 per call, and another 89 cents per minute. That's even higher than...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 10, 2012

What WA Cities, Counties Can Do to Help Kids

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Today, leaders of cities and counties in Washington are making an effort to listen to the teens in their communities. At a statewide summit for municipal leaders in Federal Way, the topic is "Building Community by Helping...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 4, 2012

WA Community Health Centers Get Cash Infusion

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Eleven Community Health Centers around the state will share a total of about $18 million as part of the Affordable Care Act, to expand and renovate their facilities. The federal money is part of a plan to double the capacity of...

 
 By Washington News Service, Chris Thomas    News    May 2, 2012

WA Verdict Spotlights Military Discrimination

SEATTLE - A U.S. District Court jury this week awarded $485,000 to a Washington National Guard member who claimed she had been harassed and discriminated against because of her military assignments. Sgt. Grace Campbell says coworkers at her civilian...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    May 1, 2012

WA Supreme Court, FCC Side With Phone Customers

SEATTLE - It's taken years in both cases, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Washington State Supreme Court have just handed phone customers a couple of victories. The FCC has approved new rules to prevent "cramming,"...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    April 30, 2012

Bigger than Ever? May Day Protests in WA

SEATTLE - May Day marches and rallies are being held around the state on Tuesday, and Washington's largest event is always in Seattle. Labor, immigrant and faith communities are promising a large and vocal turnout, as this year's annual May Day...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    April 27, 2012

WA's Two-Year Colleges Juggle More Students, Less Money

The system serves 60 percent of all public college students in the state, with 470,000 people enrolled. The supplemental state budget signed this week by Gov. Chris Gregoire includes $39 million to build a new Health Career Center for Tacoma...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    April 26, 2012

Washington Commemorates Workers' Memorial Day

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - People are gathering around the state through this weekend to honor those who have died on the job. Workers' Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance, held on or near the April 28 date on which Congress passed the Occupational...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    April 23, 2012

WA Utility Urged to Break MT Coal Connection

SEATTLE - A new coalition considers Puget Sound Energy (PSE) a utility company with a split personality. On one hand, it is making impressive investments in wind and solar power. On the other, it is still a major owner of the second-largest coal...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    April 11, 2012

Report Ranks WA 31st in Nation for Preschool Access

SEATTLE - High quality but limited access. That's the way a new national report summarizes preschool programs in Washington state, which is ranked seventh in the nation for state spending on preschool. However, says Dr. Steve Barnett, director of...

 

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