Drug price transparency bill coming to state Legislature

Could 2019 be the year Washington state lawmakers tackle the rising cost of prescription drugs? State Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, and Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, are introducing bills this session that would increase transparency for drug pricing.
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STEM education support key to diverse workforce of tomorrow

SEATTLE — How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape?
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Report: Add unnecessary care to doctors’ ‘Do No Harm’ promise

In a single year, more than 600,000 Washingtonians underwent treatment they didn't need, according to a new analysis.
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Interior could announce rollbacks on sage grouse plan soon

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency is re-examining the plan to see if it hinders energy development, meaning sage grouse habitat could be opened up to more drilling and mining.
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More than academics: Washington schools help kids develop life skills

By Eric Tegethoff Washington News Service SEATTLE — While people often think of school as a place to learn reading and math, schools also have another important function. Washington state school districts are recognizing the vital role of social-emotional learning — that is, supporting children’s ability to build relationships, understand their emotions, and solve problems. Heather...
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State dams would get federal protection under House bill

SEATTLE — The U.S. House was set to vote this week on a bill that would add federal protections to four lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups are concerned it would spell doom for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, which already have seen sharply reduced runs because of the dams.
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Health care system dedicates $2 million to gun violence research

SEATTLE — Kaiser Permanente is investing in a largely underfunded field of research: gun violence prevention.
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Grant program open to help communities become age-friendly

SEATTLE — A grant program is looking for project submissions to help make cities and towns in Washington state and nationwide friendlier to people of all ages and can be developed quickly.
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Washington first in nation to reduce bias in jury selection

OLYMPIA — Washington is set to become the first state to tackle racial bias in the jury-selection process.
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Experimental restoration project comes to Olympic Peninsula

By Eric Tegethoff Washington News Service FORKS — The Washington Legislature has set aside $1 million in the capital budget for management of land and rivers on the Olympic Peninsula, home to forests recognized the world over. It also will become the site of an experiment in restoration. The Nature Conservancy is using lessons learned from more than 15 years of management of Ellsworth Creek in...
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