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As Congress and presidential candidates trade accusations over immigration reform, advocates and experts urge caution in spreading misinformation; Alabama takes new action IVF policy following controversial court decision; and central states urge caution with wildfires brewing.

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Congress reaches a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown again. Arizona Republicans want to ensure Trump remains on their state ballot and Senate Democrats reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Washington

Labor strikes were more common in 2023 than in years past. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

Friday, March 1, 2024

Clock ticking for WA bill allowing unemployment for striking workers

A bill in Olympia would open access to unemployment while workers are on strike, but time is running out for lawmakers to pass the legislation…

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High blood pressure can be indicator of higher risk for serious health concerns, like heart failure and stroke. (Kotchakorn/Adobe Stock)
WA library program lets people check out blood pressure kits

A new program in a Washington public library system is helping people monitor their blood pressure at home. The American Heart Association has …

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As part of the Greening Research in Tacoma initiative, air temperature monitors were set up in a city neighborhood. (Hannah Letinich/The Nature Conservancy)
Tree coverage in cities crucial as planet warms, WA research shows

Trees in urban areas provide benefits for people, including decreased temperatures and improved air quality, according to new research from …

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A bill providing more state oversight of hospital mergers passed the Washington Senate 28-21 earlier this month. (ColleenMichaels/Adobe Stock)
WA bill would add state oversight to hospital mergers

A bill in Olympia aims to protect Washingtonians against restricted health care access and rising costs from hospital mergers. Consolidation in the …

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Child care programs in Washington state struggle with labor costs to provide services outside of daytime hours. (santypan/Adobe Stock)
WA could increase incentive for after-hours child care

Parents often struggle to secure after-hours child care. Advocates want the Washington state Legislature to increase incentives for businesses to …

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Experts worry AI could lead fewer people to trust election officials. (Benjamin Clapp/Adobe Stock)
AI could help spread misinformation during 2024 election

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials in Washington state and across the country. Before the New …

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People can learn the basics of CPR in 20-minute courses. (Platoo Studio/Adobe Stock)
Heart Month highlights importance of CPR training

February is American Heart Month and experts and survivors are highlighting the importance of CPR. CPR could help someone survive in the event their …

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In 2023, about 36% of Washington voters returned their ballots in local elections. (IanDewarPhotography/Adobe Stock)
WA bill allowing even-year local elections could lift voter turnout

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a measure to significantly boost voter turnout in local elections. House Bill 1932 would allow cities and towns …

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A 2023 bill to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has been modified and is in front of Washington lawmakers again this session. (photogeek/Adobe Stock)
WA lawmakers again consider erasing statute of limitations on sex abuse cases

Washington state lawmakers are considering eliminating the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases again this session. House Bill 1618 …

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Seattle is the largest city in the U.S. to ban political contributions from foreign-influenced companies. (JHVEPhoto/Adobe Stock)
Report: Foreign-influenced companies give big in WA elections

A report analyzed the impact of money from foreign-influenced corporations on elections in six states. Washington topped the list for most donations…

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Washington state lawmakers are engaging in important budget negotiations this session, including measures that deal with food assistance. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)
Anti-hunger advocates call for action at WA Capitol

It's Hunger Action Day at the Washington State Capitol. Advocates are in Olympia to meet with lawmakers and call for policies that curb hunger…

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More than 26,000 volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program helped people nationally last year. (Paolese/Adobe Stock)
Free tax-prep aid available across WA

Free tax-filing assistance is available once again in Washington state starting today. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is available to …

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