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58 min ago | USA Today

Raw: Wash. mudslides close roads, trap motorists

Thunderstorms have dropped heavy rain on areas of north-central Washington hard-hit by wildfires this summer, triggering flash floods and mudslides that have damaged some homes, blocked portions of highways and stranded some motorists.


Related Topix: Weather, Washington

13 hrs ago | Mashable

Burning Man Isn't What You Think, And Never Has Been

Have you heard? Burning Man , the annual week-long art festival in the Nevada desert, has jumped the shark .


Related Topix: Arts, Burning Man, Washington

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Washington Policy Center

Is Occupational Licensing is the New Poster Child for Regulatory Reform?

Yesterday Congressman Sam Graves , who chairs the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy asking the agency to study the "rise of occupational licensing across states and the economic effects of licensing on entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs."


Related Topix: Small Business, Personal Finance, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Sam Graves, Washington

Washington Policy Center

Governor Inslee opposed to new taxes on internet access

What seemed almost impossible a few months ago is becoming more probable with each passing day; taxes being charged for internet access.


Related Topix: Jay Inslee, Washington

Wed Aug 20, 2014

KHQ-TV Spokane

Wheat farmers taking a double hit as prices drop and weather takes its toll

Glen Squires with the Washington Grain Commission says the current average price per bushel of wheat is around $6.20 down from last year's price at $7.53.


Related Topix: Washington, US News, United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture, Science, Spokane, WA

KXL-AM Portland

Failing Schools Letter Heads To Parents Mailbox

Vancouver. Wash. - Bad news is heading to your mailbox if you're a parent in Washington.


Related Topix: Washington

Business Journal

Can't find a doctor in your hometown? Sen. Murray wants to help

Sen. Patty Murray , D-Wash., is making the rounds in her home state, meeting with local healthcare leaders to promote legislation that would help train 1,500 primary care doctors to help treat people in underserved communities in the U.S. Murray is sponsoring the Community-Based Medical Education Act of 2014 .


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Patty Murray, Democrat, Washington

KTRE-TV Lufkin

Wanted man rear-ends Washington police detective

Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road.


Related Topix: Washington, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas Government, Texas

Mon Aug 18, 2014

Covington Reporter

West Nile virus infection confirmed in Washington resident | Washington State Department of Health

A Walla Walla County man is the first Washington resident in 2014 known to have been infected with West Nile virus in our state.


Related Topix: Health, West Nile Virus, Washington, Walla Walla County, WA, Shoreline, WA, King County, WA

Sun Aug 17, 2014

Toxic, cancer-causing PCBs still show up in everyday products despite decades-old ban

Banning the use of toxic chemicals is great and all, but the problem lies with their persistence in the environment, which for many of us can last a lifetime.


Related Topix: Environment, Washington

Fri Aug 15, 2014

North King County

Draft plan to reduce exposures open for public comment

Tests of 68 consumer products confirmed that polychlorinated biphenyls are present in commonly used items.


Related Topix: US Governors, Jay Inslee, Washington, Chemistry, Science

Thu Aug 14, 2014


The Battles of the Sexes in an Iowa House Race

Speaking at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, the opponents vying to fill Republican Rep. Tom Latham's seat did not name or criticize one another and instead played up their strengths: he, his toughness and she, her womanhood.


Related Topix: Tom Latham, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, US Senate, Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Washington, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat


School Tip: How to Wash Your Hands Properly

The new school year is fast approaching and with it, all the familiar illness-causing germs.


Related Topix: Washington, Education Etc.

Wahkiakum County Eagle

Western WA municipal stormwater permits updated

Local governments in Western Washington will see changes to what's required for managing polluted stormwater runoff, the top threat to the water quality of urban-area lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.


Related Topix: Washington, Science, Ecology

Wed Aug 13, 2014

KING-TV Seattle

State considering purchase of McNeil Island prison

State and federal officials are working on a plan to settle the long-running dilemma of what to do with the closed McNeil Island Corrections Center.


Related Topix: McNeil Island Corrections Center, State Prisons, Prison, Washington, Healthcare Law, Law, Seattle, WA

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap

A man is rescued from his car by a Phoenix firefighter as heavy rains caused flash flooding, stranding dozens of motorists in their cars Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Phoenix.


Related Topix: Tornado, Hurricane, Natural Disasters, Washington, Phoenix, AZ, Weather


Death with Dignity advocate: 'Remember me happy and alive'

It's been five years since the state of Washington enacted the "Death with Dignity" law, which gives terminally ill people the right to take their own lives, if two medical doctors certify that they have less than 6-months to live.


Related Topix: Washington, Medicine

Washington Blade

Queery: DJ Mim

Five years ago she quit her corporate job with Verizon to pursue her passion - music and DJing - full time.


Related Topix: Tyne and Wear County, England, United Kingdom, Washington

The Family Badge

The Deadline and the Deputy

When the body of a deputy sheriff was found sprawled along a Washington coastal highway on the early morning of March 10, 1936, Charlie Eddy rolled out of bed, or the bar, and into action.


Related Topix: Washington

Washington Policy Center

Is Environmental Impact Analysis Useful? State Doesn't Know, but Wants to Make it More Complex.

Let's say you used a tool every day to solve a problem. Don't you think you'd wonder if that tool actually did the job? For more than three decades, the state has required environmental impact analysis for a range of projects as part of the State Environmental Policy Act .


Related Topix: US Governors, Jay Inslee, Washington