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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.


Medicare becomes available for most Americans at age 65. (airdone/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Medicare's open enrollment period opportunity to shop for best plan

The open enrollment period for people with Medicare health coverage can feel daunting, but it is also an opportunity get the plan to best meet a …

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Washington state is holding elections on November 7. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Washingtonians Out of Prison Can Participate in Voter Registration Day

It is national voter registration day and one population in Washington state has only recently had their right to vote restored: people who were incar…

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Research has found a small number of social media users are
Fighting Misinformation With a Combination of Strategies

By M. Mitchell Waldrop for the National Academy of Science.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Washington News Service reporting for the Pulitzer …

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Screen time before bed can be especially detrimental for teenagers and their developing brains. (Brian/Adobe Stock)
Screen Time Driver of Sleep Loss Among Young People

School is back and one way parents can set their kids up for success is ensuring screen time is not getting in the way of sleep. Dr. Maida Chen…

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A decision from the Washington Supreme Court ensures people can bring childhood sexual abuse cases within three years of evidence discovery. (Cagkan/Adobe Stock)
WA Supreme Court Clears Roadblock for Hearing Some Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases

A recent ruling from the Washington state Supreme Court lowers the barriers for bringing some childhood sexual abuse cases to court. Justices …

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Washington home care aides can get health coverage for their kids through age 26. ( Stock)
Relief as WA Home Care Aides' Kids Get Health Coverage Access

Home care aides in Washington state are seeing the benefits of health coverage for their kids. Members of the Service Employees International Union …

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Washington state fared better than most states at preventing infant mortality. (Thanumporn/Adobe Stock)
Racial Disparities Add to Tragedy of Infant Mortality Rates

September brings attention to an unfortunate and painful issue: infant deaths in the United States. This month is Infant Mortality Awareness Month…

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Scammers Pose as NW Credit Unions in Fraudulent Text Messages

Washington and Oregon credit unions are working together to tackle text-message scammers. Credit unions in the region say they're seeing a sharp …

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Buildings are the fastest growing source of climate pollution in Washington. (Casa.da.Photo/Adobe Stock)
Delay of Seattle's Cleaner Buildings Plan Disappoints Climate Groups

The wait to curb emissions from Seattle buildings has gone on long enough, climate groups say. The Seattle City Council is considering Building …

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Washington state food banks are expressing concern about the drop in volunteers since the height of the pandemic. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)
Lack of Volunteers Hurts WA Food Banks at Crucial Time

A shortage of volunteers is taking its toll on food banks in Washington state. Joe Gruber, executive director of the University District Food Bank …

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A blind spot monitoring system can help a driver avoid a collision. (Roman/Adobe Stock)
Alongside Tech, Litigation Has Pushed Advance Toward Safer Cars

Technological upgrades are making cars safer, but action in the courtroom has also pushed companies to make vehicles less dangerous. James Rogers…

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There are more than 13,000 people in Washington state prisons. (
WA to Extend Medicaid to People Close to Release from Prisons, Jails

Washington will allow people nearing release from state prisons and jails to qualify for Medicaid health coverage. The expansion starts in July 2025…

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