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PM Bellingham

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PM Bellingham 11/18/13

A new report details the crash that killed a state trooper at the Skagit Bridge detour, local numbers show lots of people are signing up on the state health care exchange, and the Mount Baker Ski Area is opening.

In these before-and-after images taken 20 days apart, a healthy colony of sea stars near Croker Island, Vancouver, BC is shown in the left photograph; in the right photograph of the same rock outcrop, the colony has been decimated. All that is left of the sea stars are the white mats of bacterial ooze that covers the rock. (photo courtesy Neil McDaniel)

PM Bellingham 11/15/13 – WWU scientist studies dying sea stars

Sea stars are dying off all along the West Coast, and Western Washington University professor Benjamin Miner has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to find out why.

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.

PM Bellingham 11/15/13 – Application window for pot businesses opens

Applications for marijuana businesses are being accepted through Dec. 19th, and Mikhail Carpenter with the Washington State Liquor Control Board tells KGMI that a lot of people are excited to enter the new pot industry.

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PM Bellingham 11/15/13

State Senator Doug Ericksen from Ferndale says Washington can do more to keep Boeing jobs, and a WWU professor is studying why sea stars are dying in Puget Sound.

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PM Bellingham 11/14/13 – Voters asked to fund new Ferndale High School

Voters in Ferndale could decide on a bond in February 2014 that would raise property taxes to rebuild Ferndale High School. District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn tells KGMI that Ferndale has the worst high school building in Whatcom County.

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PM Bellingham 11/14/13

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner tells us why people in our state won’t get to keep their old health insurance policies, and a local psychologist talks about the 10-year-old girl who made a false abduction report in Bellingham’s Columbia neighborhood.

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PM Bellingham 11/13/13 – Whatcom Museum gets into Christmas spirit

The Whatcom Museum’s Director of Development Sheila Connors talks about their “Deck the Old City Hall” event.

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PM Bellingham 11/13/13

Low health exchange enrollment numbers are embarrassing the White House, a new study urges expanded tribal jurisdiction, and the Whatcom Museum gets into the Christmas spirit.

A woman survivor of Typhoon Haiyan weeps as she holds her daughter while waiting for her turn to get on a U.S. Air Force plane to leave for the capital city of Manila, at the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

PM Bellingham 11/13/13 – Local Filipino association helps disaster victims

Dillon Honcoop talks with members of the Filipino American Association of Whatcom County about Typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines and their families member who were caught in the storm.

A woman walks past cars swept away by Typhoon Hayan in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction.

PM Bellingham 11/12/13

Whatcom County’s Filipino community is reaching out to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and State Senator Doug Ericksen defends Boeing’s tax break deal.

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From left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., meet on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after their bet on last Sunday's NFL Super Bowl football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Seattle won and the senators from Washington will receive Colorado-raised bison from Tony’s market, peaches from Palisade, Colo., and a gift certificate to Elway's, a Colorado-based steakhouse and other Colorado produced items.

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