Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.

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The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

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Tom Oliver, center, receives the 2022 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. (Bruce Carlson/AARP Washington)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Washingtonian Helping People with Dementia Receives Volunteer Award

A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …

Child poverty dropped to 5.2% during the pandemic because of the expanded Child Tax Credit and other relief efforts. (ktay21/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

No Corporate Tax Cuts without Family Tax Relief, Dems Say

CORRECTION: Monthly amounts of the expanded Child Tax Credits were $250 (ages 0 to 5) to $300 (ages 6 to 17). An earlier version of this story had …


The United Way of King County's free tax-preparation program has entered its 20th year. (Rick/Adobe Stock)

Monday, November 28, 2022

WA Tax Program Puts Out Call for Volunteers as Year Ends

It may seem early, but programs across the country are preparing to help people with their 2022 income tax returns. In Washington state, United Way …

Consumer advocates advise people not to click on suspicious looking links in email messages, advice which is especially important during the holidays. (zephyr_p/Adobe Stock)
No Pressure: Don't Let Scammers Ruin Charitable Giving

The season of giving is upon us, but consumer advocates are urging people to stay vigilant, so it doesn't become the "season of taking." The number …


Surveys show that most Americans recognize our deep political divisions are not good for the nation. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)
Group Urges Divided Nation to Choose 'Better Angels' During Holidays

The holidays can be stressful, and our deeply divided political times can make it harder to see family. But efforts across the country are happening …

Boating and fishing added nearly $890 million to Washington state's economy in 2021. (AshleyBelle/Adobe Stock)
'Wow' Factor: Outdoor Rec Adds Loads of Dollars to WA Economy

Outdoor recreation continues to contribute to Washington state's economy in a big way. That's according to new data from the Bureau of Economic …


Every year, about 53,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)
Diabetes Month: Disease A Challenge for Millions in US

November is national diabetes month, spotlighting a disease that affects millions of Americans. In Washington state, more than 580,000 people have …

Homero Jose speaks to a crowd gathered at Bellingham City Hall in support of a center that would serve the community's immigrant populations. (Brenda Bentley)
Rally Decries Council 'No' Vote on Bellingham's Immigrant Center

People rallied outside of Bellingham City Hall on Thursday to show support for a city-funded immigrant resource center. It's a response to a City …


As of this fall, more than 5,000 students are enrolled in applied baccalaureate degrees in Washington state. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)
Less Traditional College Degrees Jump in WA During Pandemic

Enrollment in Washington state's community and technical colleges has suffered during the pandemic, but there has been one bright spot. Programs …

Carina can match caregivers to families with kids all the way into their pre-teen years. (dglimages/Adobe Stock)
Online Tool Started in WA Matches Care Workers with People in Need

An online tool that started in Washington state is connecting caregivers and the people who need their services, and it's getting some national …


A public-health state of emergency had been in place in Washington state since February 2020. (fabrus/Adobe Stock)
Fallout Reverberates from End of WA Pandemic Emergency Declaration

Washington state has ended its COVID-19 state of emergency, and that's having effects on the public benefits people were relying on to get through …

The expanded Child Tax Credit went out to parents of 60 million children when it started in July 2021. (Aleksei Potov/Adobe Stock)
Campaign to Reinstate Child Tax Credit Program for WA Families

The expanded Child Tax Credit lifted 3.7 million kids out of poverty in the United States, including many in Washington. The tax credit expired last …


 

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