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Death toll from Washington state mudslide expected to soar

By Eric M. Johnson and Jonathan Kaminsky ARLINGTON, Wash./DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Rescue officials said the death toll from a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state is soon expected to climb far higher, as some residents voiced anger that they were prevented from helping in the initial disaster response six days…

Officials hope for lower death toll in Washington state mudslide

ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – The death toll from a weekend landslide in Washington State looked set to rise on Wednesday but officials say some of the scores of people listed as missing may have been double-counted or slow to alert family of their whereabouts. As many as 176 people are…

More than 100 missing persons reports filed after Washington state mudslide

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – More than 100 missing persons reports have been filed with various entities in Washington state in the aftermath of a mudslide already blamed for eight confirmed deaths, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management said on Monday. The landslide, triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route…

Washington state expected to offer college financial aid to DREAMers

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – Washington is set to become the fifth state to offer college financial aid to students brought into the country illegally by their parents. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee is expected on Wednesday to sign legislation that provides grants to students whose families meet income…

Washington state lawmakers pass measure giving undocumented immigrants college aid

Washington state lawmakers have voted to make students brought to the United States illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. Passage of the measure, which supporters have labeled the Dream Act after failed U.S. legislation of 2010, marks a victory for immigrant-rights advocates and a shift within…

Some Obamacare state exchanges doing well, but at least one is a disaster

Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported that the Washington Health Benefit Exchange had reported numbers that were even better than those released earlier in the day by Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services. Between October 1 and November 7, Washington state’s website had enrolled 77,000 people in…

Washington state publishes how-to guide for pot growers and sellers

Washington State issues how-to regs on growing, selling marijuana (via The Christian Science Monitor) A T-shirt is displayed at ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle last month. Thousands attended the three-day marijuana festival – an event that was part party, part protest, and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington…

Washington state on alert after leaks found at power plant

Heightened radioactivity levels were found outside a nuclear waste tank in the US state of Washington, officials said Friday, in a new alert about a site used to make Cold War-era bombs. Governor Jay Inslee said there was no immediate public health threat, but urged federal authorities to accelerate action…

Suspected ricin-laced letter to CIA found at Spokane, Washington post office

(Reuters) – Postal workers in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday retrieved a wayward letter suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin that vanished for several weeks after it was sent from Washington state to a CIA address that does not receive mail, the FBI said. The envelope resembled four ricin-laced letters…

Colorado’s ’4/20′ party under increased scrutiny after Boston bombings

'4/20' marijuana celebration notes security lessons from Boston Marathon bombing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington’s Liquor Control Board, takes photos as he tours a marijuana growing facility in Seattle. Washington State voted last fall to legalize marijuana for adults over 21…

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