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Cars from an Amtrak train lie spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks in DuPont, Washington. CREDIT: ELAINE THOMPSON/AP

Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5

It’s been almost one year since an Amtrak Cascades train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The crash killed three passengers and injured more than 60, including drivers on adjacent Interstate 5. One year later, some of the seriously injured are still healing. The courts are just beginning to deal with the lawsuits stemming from the crash. Continue Reading Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5

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Cristina Campos removes damaged apples from the flume, the front end of the packing line, on Tuesday November, 20, 2018, at Gilbert Orchards in Yakima. CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees

The chemical’s especially dangerous for babies and small children because it can have lasting neurological effects. Chlorpyrifos can blow from orchards into nearby houses; parents who work in orchards can transport the chemical home on their clothes and in their cars; and chlorpyrifos can make its way into developing fetuses through umbilical cord blood. Continue Reading This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced his proposed budget for the 2019-21 biennium at a Capitol news conference Dec. 13, 2018. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS/N3

Jay Inslee Proposes Big Boost In State Spending, New Taxes In Two-Year Washington Budget

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a hefty $10 billion increase in state spending over the next two years to maintain current services and fund new priorities, including mental health and orca recovery. To pay for it, Inslee is once again pushing for a new state capital gains tax on high income earners as well as an increase in the business and occupation tax on professional services. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Proposes Big Boost In State Spending, New Taxes In Two-Year Washington Budget

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After the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, Cinder spent nearly a year recovering before being released back into the Washington Cascades north of Leavenworth. CREDIT: LAKE TAHOE WILDLIFE CARE

Cinder, Inspirational Bear Damaged And Healed After 2014 Carlton Fire, Found Dead Near Leavenworth

A young black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington and later became an international inspiration, has died. Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife say Cinder the bear was killed by a hunter in fall 2017 but have just this year discovered remains and determined it was Cinder. Continue Reading Cinder, Inspirational Bear Damaged And Healed After 2014 Carlton Fire, Found Dead Near Leavenworth

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Teens' biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. Most school start times don't accommodate that drive. CREDIT: JASPER COL/GETTY IMAGES

Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. Continue Reading Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

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The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys along with dozens of unions, immigrant rights organizations, and community groups held a rally on December 7, 2017 at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call on the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to prohibit Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents from entering state courthouses, and to end coordination with ICE. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

For 25 years, schools, hospitals and places of worship have effectively been off-limits to federal immigration officers. Now, a group of dozens of former state and federal judges is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to add courthouses to the list of “sensitive locations” where their officers generally do not go. Continue Reading Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

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Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft off the northwest coast of Greenland in March 2017. A new report says rapid warming over the past three decades has led to a 95 percent decline of the Arctic's oldest and thickest ice. CREDIT: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

The Arctic has experienced the “most unprecedented transition in history” in terms of warming temperatures and melting ice, and those changes may be the cause of extreme weather around the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Arctic Report Card. Continue Reading Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

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Sea lions have been eating steelhead and other fish at Willamette Falls in ever greater numbers.Photo courtesy of ODFW

Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. A bill approved by the House this week changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Continue Reading Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk

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