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FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year. The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.

NTSB: Make oil train cars safer in five years

Cars need a special ceramic thermal lining

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Bellingham ecologist hosts special on PBS

First of three-part series airs tonight on PBS


Local farmers okay WFC-CHS merger deal

The Minnesota-based companies’ board of directors still need to approve the merger, which would become official in late July.

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2-year-old dies after falling into septic well

The Skagit County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a report of a missing child near Burlington Monday morning.

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Barker announces bid for Bellingham council

April Baker announced she’s seeking the spot left open by Jack Weiss.

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County libraries offer Netflix-like service

Libraries county-wide now offer thousands of movies, T.V. shows ,music streaming and audio books free with your library card.


Sheriff Bill Elfo running for reelection

Elfo was first elected in 2003


With new jail proposal, some also calling for treatment center

Some councilmembers want treatment center to help those with mental health, drug problems

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Cell phone AMBER Alert problems have people worried

State patrol says cell phone companies have to deal with the problem

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Friend charged in shooting death of city councilman’s son

Friend of Aaron Bornemann thought gun was unloaded

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Whatcom County home prices going up

Prices increase more than eight percent in the first part of 2015

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Bellingham mayor ‘shocked’ by accidental shooting of council member’s son

Bellingham City Hall is mourning the accidental shooting death of a council member’s son.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, second from left, walks back to his office after giveing his annual State of the State speech, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, to a joint session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia, Wash.

Gov. Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended.

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Bellingham City Council member’s son killed by gunshot

Accidental gunshot claims City Council member's son

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Whatcom man accused of making and possessing child porn

Prosecutors say Justin Redington hid a camera in a 13-year-old girl’s bedroom and the bathroom she used.


Fairhaven Middle School girls stage dress protest after public shaming

A group of girls who decided to wear dresses to school to say goodbye to a classmate in style didn't expect the response they got from teachers at Fairhaven Middle School.


Western Washington University imposes Indiana travel ban

Ban follows one announced by governor on Monday


Man wanted for questioning in Vancouver murder arrested

Daniel Paul had been on the run for a month


North Cascades Highway expected to open Friday

One of the earliest openings on record

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Teacher says he ran toward gunfire like anyone else would


A popular teacher who tackled a shooter inside a school says he did what any other teacher in the U.S. would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.

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Budget writers meet ahead of start of special session


Budget negotiators returned to the Capitol for a meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of a midweek start of a special session that could last up to 30 days.

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State of Washington wants more time to answer contempt order

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DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press   SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s attorney general says the Legislature needs more time to figure…

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Another local missing in Nepal, but 4 WWU students OK


A former Whatcom County restaurant owner is missing in Nepal. Four Western Washington University students in Nepal are safe.

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‘Glamping’ comes to Orcas Island

Courtesy Wanderlust Camps

Overnight visitors to the Orcas Island park can simply pack a bag and leave the sleeping bags, tents and other gear behind.