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Hiker who died in Washington ice caves was from California

The woman who was killed when ice and rock fell inside ice caves in Washington state has been identified as a hiker from California.

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Police: Man tied to slaying of WWU student, grandmother

A family returning from vacation found their house sitter, WWU student Meagan Smith dead just before midnight Tuesday.

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State Senate passes class size initiative delay

The State Senate passed a measure delaying full implementation of an expensive class-size initiative.

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Seattle region exported record $61.9B in goods in 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce says the Seattle metropolitan area exported about $5.3 billion more in goods last year, a 9 percent jump from 2013.

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Hazy conditions is Whatcom County persist

The smoke prompting air quality warnings in Whatcom County.

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Firefighters contain one acre fire near Baker Lake

An abandoned campfire caused the blaze.

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Nooksack teen introduces First Lady at tribal conference

Hamilton Seymour introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

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Bellingham Police call off high speed pursuit near WWU

A chase involving an off-road motorcycle reached speeds so fast near Western Washington University Thursday, Bellingham Police called off the chase, the agency said

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Holly Street History Tours in Bellingham start this weekend

Free, family-friendly tours are offered Saturdays at 1pm.

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Senate reaches deal on class size initiative, testing bills

Senate Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal on how to address a class-size initiative with a multibillion-dollar price tag that currently has the new state operating budget out of balance.

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Officer says he fired his gun when threatened with rock

He feared officers would be injured or killed by the rock.

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1,000 acres of Skagit farmland to be preserved

Lawmakers have included about $1.3 million in the state's capital budget to preserve 1,000 acres of Skagit County farmland for agriculture uses.

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Gates Foundation seeks to ease federal financial aid process

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says simplifying the form college students fill out to qualify for financial aid could open a lot of doors.

In this July 20, 2014 photo, shooters practice with pistols at the gun range at Dragonman's, a gun dealer east of Colorado Springs, Colo. When Colorado lawmakers expanded background checks on firearms last year, they were expecting a huge increase. But the actual number the first 12 months of the law is far lower than projected, according to an analysis of state data by The Associated Press.

Seattle City Council considers gun violence tax on gun sales

The Seattle City Council is considering a new tax on gun sellers to collect money for gun violence prevention and research.

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Stress from heat, drought on fish spurs push to reduce kills

Drought and record hot weather are producing potentially lethal conditions for salmon and trout in rivers across the West.

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Firefighters working to contain wildfire near Baker Lake

The fire is burning between the Maple Grove and Silver Creek campgrounds

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Whatcom County Council moves forward on jail agreement

All of the county’s cities, except Bellingham, signed off on the plan.

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Changes to way Whatcom County votes on November ballot

The County Council Tuesday night decided to place a proposal from local progressives in front of voters.

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Woman’s body found face down in river is identified

A woman's body found face-down in river near Lake Steven's on June 23rd has been identified as Stephanie Kensinger, 22, of Everson Wa.

All waters in Whatcom County closed to shellfish harvest

Shellfish poison back in Whatcom County waters

Biotoxin levels are up again and over the limit for safe shellfish harvest.

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