Opioid emergency declaration first step toward help for states

SEATTLE — The opioid crisis plaguing states such as Washington is officially declared a public health emergency.
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Report to Legislature: Out-of-school programs help state kids

SEATTLE — Washington state is improving programs for children afterschool and in the summer, according to a report to the Legislature, which agreed to help fund the programs.
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Bill in Congress would make college tuition-free

SEATTLE — The college year has started again, and for many students that means anxiety over debt is here again, too.
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Financial tips for college students going off to school

SEATTLE — It's an exciting time of year for students heading off to college for the first time, but with that independence comes new responsibilities. One of the most important is financial responsibilities.
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Drive with caution as school year starts

By Eric Tegethoff Washington News Service SEATTLE — All across the U.S. at this time of year, 55 million children head back to school, walking and biking to class. AAA Washington reminds drivers that speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. Jennifer Cook, a spokeswoman for AAA Washington, says it’s very important to slow down in school zones, and not just to avoid the fine,...
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Bipartisan effort to fight climate change in growing caucus

SEATTLE — A panel of congressional members seeking solutions to combat climate change is growing by leaps and bounds. 
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Carbon calculator offers tips for offsetting climate impact

SEATTLE — An environmental group has set up a website that not only measures a person's carbon footprint but also shares ways to reduce and even offset that footprint. 
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Report: State must be more aggressive to fight cancer

SEATTLE — Washington state is falling short in some areas of cancer prevention, according to a new report. 
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Project gives state farmers a voice on future of their land

SNOHOMISH — A new project captures the issues facing agriculture in Snohomish County through the farmer's lens — literally. 
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As child care costs reach crisis level, how can the state help?

DES MOINES — With kids out of school for summer vacation, working parents face the higher seasonal costs of child care.
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