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State government begins planning for possible shutdown

Legislature’s budget deadline is June 30

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Deadline close for Legislature to act on estate-tax law

Has until tonight or refund checks will be mailed

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Heroin use rising in Washington

Deaths have more than doubled

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Deputy Prosecutor set to retire

Mac Setter finishes up 36 years in Prosecutor’s Office

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Second special session begins today

Legislature fails to reach budget agreement

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State board wants tougher water rules in Whatcom County

People could pay more to access water or use septic systems

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Larsen calls on Congress to invest in transportation

In response to Skagit River Bridge collapse

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NTSB: Driver says he felt “crowded”

May have been a second semi on Skagit River bridge

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Student suspended for ‘shooting’ students with hands

Students mom says suspension is too harsh

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Vegas police probe complaint against Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin put the ball to his face as he reacts to being called for a foul against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Clippers won 117-101.

Police are investigating a man's allegation that Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas nightclub during the weekend.

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NBA owners vote down lottery reform

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league's draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being.

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Nine UNC employees fired or disciplined in scandal

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt, left, and President Tom Ross prepare to address members of the media with results of an investigation into academic irregularities following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

The probe found that nearly half of the more than 3,100 students enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for, were athletes.

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Four Whatcom County prep football teams in AP state poll

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The Lynden Lions fell in the polls follow a tough loss to Ferndale. Find out where the Lions and the other local teams check in.

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Baldwin optimistic about Seahawks moving forward

seattle seahawks doug baldwin at mini camp following a fight

Baldwin said Wednesday that despite the commotion and the loss to St. Louis, the mood around the locker room is good heading into Sunday's game at Carolina