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 By Washington News Service    News    January 30, 2013

"Have a Heart for Kids Day" at WA Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Today's "Have a Heart for Kids Day" march to the state Capitol by children's advocates has a side benefit of working off some calories. One priority they'll be focusing on in talks with lawmakers is improving children's...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 28, 2013

WA Family & Medical Leave Program: Expand it or Repeal it?

OLYMPIA, Wash. - There's a move in Olympia to end the state's Family and Medical Leave Insurance program before it even gets going. It was created in 2007, but got no start-up funding in the recession and now, a group of legislators wants to strike...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 23, 2013

Life Lessons in "The Waiting Room"

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A new, critically acclaimed documentary shows what it's like being in a hospital emergency room for people who most likely won't be able to pay for their medical care. "The Waiting Room" portrays a day inside a large...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 23, 2013

Report Gauges Public Opinion, 40 Years After Roe v. Wade

SEATTLE - As of this week, it has been a hot-button issue for 40 years. The federal court case that legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade, was decided in January 1973. Today, a new poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that most...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 17, 2013

For Frustrated Families, Strategies for Homework Help

SEATTLE - Homework does not have to be a battle between kids and parents. At a workshop in Seattle today, after-school care providers are learning strategies to help kids of all ages with their homework assignments. The trainer, Karen Summers with...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 15, 2013

Report: WA Schools Could Work Harder to End Hunger

SEATTLE - Washington is making some progress in ending hunger at schools, according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), but not at the pace other states have shown. The group's School Breakfast Scorecard finds almost 44...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 10, 2013

"Start Smart" Workshops for Would-Be Entrepreneurs

KENNEWICK, Wash. - If your New Year's resolution is to start your own business, a visit to the Tri-Cities could help. "Start Smart" is a one-time, three-hour workshop held monthly in Kennewick to give entrepreneurs the basic information...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 8, 2013

Available files: mp3 wav jpg Focusing on Future, Funding of Long-term Care in WA

SEATTLE - In less than 20 years, one in five Washington residents will be age 65 or older, and more than half the Washingtonians questioned in a new poll said they'll have to either rely on government assistance or a lottery win to finance their...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 7, 2013

Report: Megabanks Give Less than 1% to Charity

SEATTLE - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 2, 2013

Regrets about Holiday Spending? Change That Now ...

SEATTLE - While the flurry of holiday spending may be good for the economy, it can prove to be exactly the opposite for an individual or family struggling to pay for necessities. In response to a new survey, one in four people said they'll need more...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 2, 2013

New Year's Wish List: Affordable Housing for WA Cities

SEATTLE - Affordable housing advocates are lining up their priorities for the coming legislative session, and more money for the state's Housing Trust Fund is one of them. It is hard to find affordable rental housing in many parts of Washington...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 2, 2013

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SEATTLE - The New Year is upon us, and at least one expert suggests making resolutions for the occasion a "family affair." Clinical psychologist Dr. William Hansen says it's a good idea for parents and kids to sit down together, to reflect...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 2, 2013

Healthy, Family-Style Resolutions for the New Year

SEATTLE - The New Year is upon us, and at least one expert suggests making resolutions for the occasion a "family affair." Clinical psychologist Dr. William Hansen says it's a good idea for parents and kids to sit down together, to reflect...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 2, 2013

Available files: mp3 wav jpg Out with the Old: Recycling Cell Phones, Laptops, TVs...

SEATTLE - "Out with the old, in with the new" takes on a whole new meaning when the topic is electronic gear. A new national certification program born in Seattle ensures that recyclers properly dispose of items such as laptops,...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 21, 2012

Prospecting near Mt. St. Helens Takes Another Step Forward

STEVENSON, Wash. - Exploring for gold in the Mount St. Helens area could be a financial lifeline or an environmental blight, depending on your point of view. Either way, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service have now both cleared...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 17, 2012

For WA Seniors, Another Weekend Peering Over the Fiscal Cliff

SEATTLE - Congressional leaders are saying they're prepared to stay on the job until Christmas Eve if necessary to hammer out a budget deal. The lack of agreement on what should be part of that deal is making folks in their 50s and beyond a little...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 17, 2012

Available files: mp3 wav jpg Critics: Feds Issue "Inadequate" Plan for Hanford Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. - After almost a decade and $85 million, the U.S. Department of Energy has released its report on cleanup plans for the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington. Critics say the massive document sidesteps a major question. By...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 17, 2012

Reasons to Howl about Buying Dogs Online

SEATTLE, Wash. - On a single day on the Internet, more than 700,000 dogs are for sale. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says that's what its researchers found in a one-day investigative blitz. The group is calling for new regulations...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 10, 2012

Airport Workers Rally for Better Wages, Working Conditions

SEATAC, Wash. - Holidays are often stressful for travelers, but the people who hoist the baggage and clean the planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have stresses of a different kind. As a group, they say the Port of Seattle commission has...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 5, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: 230,000 Working WA Families "At Risk"

Seattle, WA – Hundreds of thousands of local working families stand to lose vital assistance in the “Fiscal Cliff” budget-cutting debate. Local advocates say many are already juggling multiple jobs and have little chance of making...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    November 29, 2012

Washington Rides Western Wave of Economic Growth

SEATTLE - Access to high-quality outdoor opportunities in Western parks and other public lands is a key factor driving economic growth in Washington, according to a report released today, with the West in general outpacing the nation. Ben Alexander,...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    November 20, 2012

What's Trending? #Giving Tuesday

SEATTLE - One week from today, an unofficial "charitable giving season" kicks off in Washington and around the country. A group of media-savvy folks has decided that, after one day for giving thanks and two days for getting bargains -...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    November 19, 2012

WA Foreclosure Fairness Act Reaches 2,300 Mark

SEATTLE - Progress is being reported in the second year of Washington State's Foreclosure Fairness Act (HB 1362), but local attorneys say there is still room for improvement. Bruce Neas, staff attorney with Columbia Legal Services, says the law got o...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    November 14, 2012

Will Farm Bill Be "Job One" for Lame Duck Congress?

SEATTLE - Many priorities are tugging at members of the "lame-duck" Congress, back in session this week. But farmers in Washington and across the nation are watching one especially closely: progress on a new Farm Bill to guide federal...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    November 12, 2012

For Many in WA, 'Nat'l. Family Caregivers Month' is Every Day

EVERETT, Wash. - According to AARP, about half of all Americans in the workforce will be caring for an aging relative within the next five years. For others, it's a child with disabilities. Either way, in November, National Family Caregivers Month...

 

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