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Congress Starts 2015 Tackling Education on Monday

The state education budget isn't the only topic up for debate in Olympia this legislative season, but money for schools will likely dominate the conversation.

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Seattle Top Spot For Job Changers – Dave’s Diary

On the big list of New Year’s resolutions, right behind “get in shape” is “get a better job”.  With the economy on the rise nonfarm employment expected to grow by nearly 220,000 jobs per month and unemployment to fall to 5

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Agriculture Made Billions for Washington in 2013

The state's top farm crops, including apples, milk and wheat, were worth $4.5 billion to farmers in 2013.

That's according to information recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Tri-City Herald reports that at least six of the state's 10 most valuable crops saw gains in 2013

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Missing Dog Flown Back to Seattle from Pittsburgh

Penny the missing pup has been reunited with her Washington state owners after a cross-country trek that led her to the Pittsburgh area.

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Columbia River Public Access to be Announced in January

Grant County officials plan to announce in January whether they will be able to reopen any part of the Columbia River Shoreline between Wanapum Dam and Rock Island Dam for public use sometime this spring.

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Tribal Casinos Won’t Take Welfare Cards Anymore

OLYMPIA (AP) -- Tribal casinos in Washington will no longer cash welfare cards under an agreement with the state Gambling Commission.

The commission said Tuesday that 27 of the 29 federally recognized tribes in the state -- including the Yakama Nation -- have agreed to amend gambling agreements to ensure that all cash dispensing and point-of-sale machines refuse electronic benefit cards

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Applications for Forest Service Summer Jobs Begin Jan. 6

 

If you're considering a summer job in one of Washington's National Forests, the application process starts next week.

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Pyrotechnics Crew Gets Space Needle Ready for New Year’s Eve Party

SEATTLE (AP) — A fireworks crew worked in near-freezing temperatures under a blue sky Tuesday setting pyrotechnics on the Space Needle for the New Year's Eve show at the Seattle Center.

T-Mobile is sponsoring the eight-minute midnight show, which also will be broadcast on KING 5 Television

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A 2004 Getty Images photo shows an orca shortly after its birth at San Diego's SeaWorld.
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Orca Network Spots Newborn Baby Whale North of San Juan Island

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Orca Network says a baby orca has been born to the endangered population of killer whales that frequent Puget Sound.

The group's executive director Howard Garrett says the baby was spotted with its mother Tuesday in the waters of Canada north of San Juan Island

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State Fines Fireworks Plant After Fatal Explosion in June

TENINO (AP) -- The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined a fireworks plant $1,200 for safety violations after investigating a fatal explosion this past June.

Entertainment Fireworks produces professional fireworks shows around the region. A

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