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Bellingham workers earn five percent less than the national average

Average worker here makes about $1 less than national average of $22.71

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A dozen more cases, two hospitalized from E. coli outbreak

Whatcom Health Department says there are 17 cases they know of so far

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Whatcom trekkers in Nepal reported safe

Whatcom county residents safe in Nepal

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Agents try to trap bear seen in Washington highway median

Wildlife agents are trying to trap a black bear seen wandering a wooded median on Interstate 5 near Stanwood.

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Interim auditor head says agency will continue its work

The woman tasked with running the state auditor's office says the agency will continue to be effective in spite of the "distraction" of the past few months.

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Washington legislators return to work Wednesday

After a four-day break, Washington lawmakers have returned to work for a special session to resolve the state's budget debate.

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Truck bearing oversized load gets stuck on Seattle viaduct

SEATTLE (AP) — A flatbed truck hauling two giant spools got stuck on Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, temporarily blocking traffic…

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Walgreens to close hundreds of stores, Samish location still on track

Walgreens is closing 200 stores nationwide.

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Number of kids with E. coli could rise

The Health Department continues to take calls from parents of first graders worried about e coli.

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WWU under investigation for response to sexual assault

The U.S. Department of Education wants to know if Western violated federal Title-9 law.

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Candidates come from the right for Kremen’s Council seat.

Two conservatives throw their hats into the ring for Whatcom County Council.

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Three Whatcom County hikers still missing in Nepal, traveling together

Doreen Richmond, Jim Lane and Jeannie Debari were hiking together before quake hit

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Bellingham rated among best in the nation for air quality

Bellingham has one of the lowest rates of ozone pollution

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Bellingham’s new fireboat named by fourth grader

Sunnyland Elementary's Benjamin Wasserman names fireboat "Salish Star"

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Gonorrhea cases in Washington jump by nearly 40 percent

Gonorrhea the second most common STD in state

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County beaches re-opened to shellfish harvesting

Shellfish harvesting now safe on Whatcom beaches except Portage Bay

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School bond passes in Lynden

Lynden school bond passes

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Washington teacher: First thought was to get boy’s gun away

A teacher who got on top of a student who had just fired two gunshots at his school says his first thought was getting the gun away, and his second thought was for the shooter's well-being.

A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard.

Fearing bad fire season, Washington preps earlier than usual

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials fear another bad wildfire season this year, and they’re preparing for it earlier…

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Sedro-Woolley School Board deems teacher’s strike ‘illegal’

A northern Washington school district has declared a planned teachers union strike illegal, but that won't stop the planned rally.

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James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James tosses chalk in the air before the start of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Cleveland.

LeBron James scored 30 points

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Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, skates to the goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Washington.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots

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WWU’s Steen second in women’s 3,000 steeplechase national final

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Macdonald 10th in men’s discus, Milbrandt fails to advance in men’s 110 hurdles

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Hernandez gets 7th win, Mariners beat Blue Jays 4-3 

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, June 8, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Mariners won 5-0.

Felix Hernandez became the first seven-game winner in the majors.

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Prep Baseball: 4 local teams open regionals Saturday

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Squalicum will play at "home" at Joe Martin Field versus Sequim in the 2A ranks.