In Washington and 11 other states, and Washington, D.C., undocumented people can still get a license to drive. The idea is that roads are safer if everyone using them has passed a driver’s test. But that licensing process may put undocumented people at risk of deportation. Continue Reading For Undocumented Immigrants, Getting A Driver’s License Could Spell Trouble With ICE
In the 20 years since “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in the U.S., educators of all levels have used J.K. Rowling’s series to bring magic to their own classrooms. Continue Reading Walla Walla Wizardry: Harry Potter Has Brought Magic To Classrooms For More Than 20 Years
Is jogging in the cold this winter any better than hitting a treadmill in a warm gym? How about jumping into a frigid ocean for a swim? We asked some leading physiologists to weigh in. Continue Reading Could Exercising In Frigid Temps Make Us Healthier? Resolve To Find Out In 2019 By Reading This
There are already federal and state laws that try to shrink the pay gap among genders. But this new Oregon state law expands gender protections to include things like race, religion, marital status or age. Continue Reading Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act Goes Into Full Effect In 2019
The House of Representatives will vote on a funding bill to end the partial government shutdown on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress when Democrats will take control of the chamber and are expected to elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker. Continue Reading Democrats Plan Vote To End Partial Government Shutdown On Jan. 3, When They Take Over House
Millions of American workers will see pay raises in the new year due to minimum-wage increases in 20 states and 21 cities. Continue Reading New Year Brings Higher Minimum Wage In Washington And 19 Other States
Friends remember Washington social worker Alan Naiman as frugal. He wore old shoes held together with duct tape, bought his apparel at the grocery store, drove jalopies and ate at cheap restaurants. But when he died of cancer in January 2018, at age 63, the people around him learned that he had quietly saved millions for a higher cause. Continue Reading Washington Social Worker Alan Naiman Led A Frugal Life. He Left $11 Million To Children’s Charities
New changes to tax law will make deducting charitable giving from next year’s taxes more difficult for taxpayers. This has come as an unwelcome surprise to many who counted on end-of-the-year donations to lower their overall taxes and to charities that counted on those donations. Continue Reading Those End-Of-The-Year Charitable Donations May Not Help Your Tax Bill
The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into a phone and Internet outage that disrupted 911 services across the country starting Thursday. Continue Reading FCC Investigates CenturyLink Outage That Disrupted 911 Service In Northwest And Beyond
The DoubleTree Portland announced in a series of tweets Friday it plans to hire a third party to investigate a Dec. 22 incident that resulted in an African-American man being kicked out of his hotel room. The hotel employees involved in the incident have been placed on leave, the hotel said. Continue Reading Portland DoubleTree Fires Two Employees Accused Of Racial Profiling In Kicking Out Guest
The earth’s climate has been warming for decades now. But 2018 brought several major new and markedly more precise reports from scientists about what climate change is doing to the weather and how dire they expect the consequences to be. Continue Reading 2018 Was A Milestone Year For Climate Science (If Not Politics)
Lawmakers may not have raised the minimum age to buy semiautomatic rifles in 2018, but voters did — 59 percent of them, in fact, approving Initiative 1639 in November. Continue Reading New Year Brings New 21 Age Minimum For Buying Some Guns In Washington
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