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Whatcom Criminals charged fees that fund system designed to put them away

The National Association for Public Defense says a small infraction can become “a life-changing struggle to satisfy ever-mounting debt.

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More students to receive state-funded full-day kindergarten

The new schools increase the total number of schools providing state-funded full day kindergarten to 847 in 261 districts.

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Whatcom County cat owner found cat with a bullet in his spine

Iesha Bliss' tabby cat and "momma's boy" Chester Cheeto was found with pieces of a bullet in his spine. During surgery, vet's found the damage was irreparable and the cat was put to sleep.

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Ivar’s Salmon House takes big step

The owner menu prices so he could pay his employees 15-dollars an hour....two years before the city's wage law begins a several-year phase in. To offset the higher prices food and drinks, they're telling customers NOT to leave a tip.

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Mt. Vernon man faces child pornography charges

Richard Latimer is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Newly crowned Miss Tri Cities loses her title

Miss Tri Cities Maeloni Ogle was stripped of her new title Miss Tri Cities 2015 when the pageant Director Dot Stewart learned of her recent misdemeanor.

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Seattle CEO who pays employees $70k each having troubles

Seattle CEO Dan Price has received praise cutting his own salary so his employees would get a raise. But the big move is costing him business at Gravity Payments.

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Fatal motorcycle crash causes small fire

A motorcyclist dies trying to pass a Honda on State Route-9.

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Gas tax increases

The first of two gas tax hikes to pay for a 16-billion dollar transportation plan.

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Bobby Wagner, highest paid middle linebacker in NFL

Bobby Wagner signs a big contract with Seattle Seahawks.

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WATCH: Country star Thomas Rhett honors Lynden teen who died in car crash

After Lynden High graduate, Sofia Milstead died on her way to a country music concert, she was honored on stage by country music star Thomas Rhett.

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State gas tax increases by 7 cents

Tax hike took effect Saturday

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Ferndale teen killed in crash was wearing seatbelt

Initial report said 19-year-old was unbuckled

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Viewer tip leads police to Bellingham robbery suspect

Suspect lived on Chuckanut Drive at time of robberies

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Friends mourning Lynden teen killed in I-90 crash have special request

Sofia Milstead was traveling to see country superstar Thomas Rhett at the Watershed Festival

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Data shows few Latino voters in Yakima so far

A new elections system designed to increase the voting of Latinos in Yakima politics so far hasn't generated much interest at the ballot box.

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Body found in duffel bag identified as Utah woman

Detectives have identified a badly decomposed body found in a duffel bag outside a garbage bin as a 23-year-old Utah woman.

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Authorities report 2 arrests in Portland’s drilling protest

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it made one arrest during an effort by protesters to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland for an Arctic drilling operation.

In this graphic provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a logo that will be used for labeling legal marijuana produced in Washington state is shown. Officials released a preliminary draft of regulations for growing and selling legalized marijuana Thursday, May 16, 2013. Voters last November made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.

Pot industry’s bank bid rejected by federal regulators

The marijuana industry is hoping a federal judge will force regulators to let pot businesses access the banking system by setting up its own credit union.

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Low flows and warm water temperatures prompted the fishing ban on several stretches of the river.

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Rain returning to Whatcom County in big way

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We could see up to 2-and-a-half inches of rain just this weekend.

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Lummi Nation done talking about proposed Coal Terminal

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In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2012, a dilapidated structure is seen jutting out into the Strait of Georgia along the beach just south of the location of a proposed coal exporting terminal in Ferndale, Wash., just north of Bellingham, Wash. In the distance behind are an existing aluminum plant and oil refinery. The progressive college town of Bellingham is at the center of one of the fiercest environmental debates in the region: should the Northwest become a hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia? A proposal to build one of as many as five coal terminals here has divided the town, pitting union and businesses that welcome jobs against environmentalists who worry about coal dust and greenhouse gas emissions. A trade group is running TV ads touting the projects, while numerous cities such as Seattle and Portland are opposing coal trains through their communities.

The tribe says it sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers its final letter on the matter and now expects the corps to deny permits for the project.

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Bids in for construction of new Skagit County jail

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The new 108-thousand-square foot jail will feature a health services area and a secure perimeter with concrete panels.

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Washington wildfires size of small state

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SMOKEY SKY 1 CROPPED

All of the wildfires burning in the state now cover an area nearly the size of Rhode Island.