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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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Bernardo named interim president at WSU

The Washington State University Board of Regents has named Daniel Bernardo as interim president of the Pullman-based school.

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Child pornography trial for Steven Powell under way

Testimony has begun in the child pornography trial for Steven Powell.

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Body of woman killed in ice cave collapse recovered

The body of a woman killed in the collapse of a Washington state ice cave has been removed from the cave.

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We now may know why driver in deadly Sumas area crash ran

Deputy Whatcom County Prosecutor Christopher Quinn says he admitted to drinking before the wreck.

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Recession, other factors take toll on golf, including Bellingham course

At the Lake Padden Golf Course – the number of rounds played plummeted 23-percent in 7 years.

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Bellingham surgical tech. loses license related to stolen drugs

The state health department says she stole drugs meant for patients.

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Regulators: Bellingham nursing asst. shoots video of naked patients

A Bellingham nursing assistant’s license is suspended after state regulators say he took inappropriate videos of dementia patients.

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Bellingham police use bean bag, taser to subdue man throwing knife

The man was concerning customers when police arrived, and had to use a bean bag and a taser to subdue him

Fire danger still very high.

Fire Danger upgraded to “very high”

No burning or open flames permitted whatsoever.

Stewart Mountain Fire is now 50% contained

4th of July Fires Are Now Under Control

Three out of the four wildfires burning in Whatcom County since the 4th of July holiday are now contained.

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Air Quality in Whatcom County Improved, Good for Breathing Again

Air quality in Whatcom County has improved and is once again good for breathing as of this morning.

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After 15 years, the comedian will bid farewell as he hosts his final "Daily Show."

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The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle.

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A futuristic elevator that fits neatly into the corner of a room and moves between floors of a standard home could present a more attractive proposition than the traditional stairlift.

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Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan

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President Barack Obama will unveil the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters.