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Washington commended for showing taxpayers where their transportation dollars go

Washington has been ranked among the top 13 states in the nation in using performance measures – such as safety, improved traffic flow and increased economic growth – to show taxpayers how their transportation dollars are being spent.

Rock blasting is back on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK – Crews will get the green light to resume rock blasting operations this week after a snowy spring on Interstate 90

Report: Far from Home, WA Charitable Dollars Pay Off

SEATTLE - If every dollar you invested prompted a $114 return, that would be a winner. A new study from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) says that's the payoff for communities when charitable foundations have made grants in four southern states.

Study: Paid Sick Leave in WA Serves Up Bennies Beyond Safer Food

Staying home from a job when ill isn't always possible for the four-in-10 Seattle workers who have no paid sick leave. A new study looks at the benefits of a proposal to require employers to provide paid sick leave for all workers, including those in food service, retail and health care.

Microsoft Skype: What's In It For Customers?

Microsoft is ponying up $8.5 billion to buy Skype with its user base of 170 million people. Microsoft plans to integrate Skype's video and voice technology into products such as Xbox, Outlook e-mail and Windows mobile phones.