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Donald Trump declines to take the witness stand; Colorado first in nation to offer free mental health care to youths; NE Center for Rural Affairs' $62 million EPA grant will expand solar access; and new report reveals long-term salary slide for MI teachers.

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Republicans may use the phantom of noncitizen voters to overturn the election, Supreme Court Justice Alito's display of an upside-down American flag reignites calls for an ethics code, and Missouri Dems filibuster for abortion rights.

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Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

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Washington state is supporting 10 projects with $20 million to bring broadband to rural areas. (Christian/Adobe Stock)

Monday, May 20, 2024

WA invests $20 million in rural broadband infrastructure

Washington state is investing in bringing high-speed internet to more people in rural areas. The Washington State Public Works Board has approved $20…

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About 1 in 25 construction workers has been diagnosed with diabetes, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. (Suriyo/Adobe Stock)
'Hard hats' learn importance of heart health

The message of the importance of heart health has arrived at construction sites. On Thursday, the American Heart Association is hosting its annual …

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Gray wolf pack sizes range from two to 11 wolves. Most packs contain four to six individuals, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Adobe Stock)
WA considers reclassifying gray wolves as 'sensitive' species

The State of Washington is proposing to downgrade gray wolves from "endangered" to "sensitive" status as a species. At last count, there were 260 …

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School Lunch Hero Day - promoted by the School Nutrition Association - is celebrated annually on the first Friday in May. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)
School Lunch Heroes? Workers ask for respect via higher wages

School districts around Washington and elsewhere may have celebrated School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, a salute to cafeteria workers - but food …

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Smoke from across the region can affect air quality in cities like Seattle. (Tabor Chichakly/Adobe Stock)
NW wildfire season highlights importance of Air Quality Awareness Week

Agencies are raising awareness about air quality across the country this week. Led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Quality …

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Eating disorders can lead to fatigue and muscle breakdown, which ultimately affects a young person's athletic performance. (Peter Kim/Adobe Stock)
Pediatricians: Watch for rise of eating disorders in young athletes

Pediatricians are warning about a rise in eating disorders among young athletes. Common eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa are …

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Electric school buses are in the minority, with about 95% of school buses nationwide running on diesel. (Thomas/Adobe Stock)
WA lawmakers move to electrify school bus fleet

School buses are getting cleaner in Washington state after this year's legislative session. Lawmakers in Olympia passed House Bill 1368, which will …

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The National Labor Relations Board has been busy with the uptick in union organizing in recent years. (Timon/Adobe Stock)
SCOTUS hears Starbucks case, implications for unions on the line

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have implications for the country's growing labor movement. Justices will hear oral arguments in Starbucks …

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Firefighting foam is one recognized source of PFAS. (ChiccoDodiFC/Adobe Stock)
Spokane joins lawsuit as city deals with 'forever chemicals' contaminating water

Spokane has joined a lawsuit against the manufacturers of toxic chemicals known as PFAS after the discovery of the chemicals in parts of the city's dr…

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The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is the second-largest national park in the United States. (Patrick/Adobe Stock)
Denial of mining road in Alaska has ripples across U.S. national parks

The Biden administration has blocked a mining road in Alaska, and public-lands proponents see the move as a win for national parks around the country…

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Workers harvest a field before the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. (Jeff Huth/Adobe Stock)
Annual farmworkers march supports WA tulip harvesters

An annual march for farmworkers' rights is being held Sunday in northwest Washington. This year, marchers are focusing on the conditions for local …

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A bill to prohibit attendance at captive audience meetings was several years in the making in Olympia. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)
WA workers won't be punished for skipping 'captive audience' meetings

Washington joins a handful of states to do away with mandatory meetings for employees on political or religious matters. Sometimes known as captive …

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