As health-care sign-up deadline nears, 11,500 mired in glitches

As the March 31 deadline to sign up for 2014 health-insurance approaches, Washington state’s online exchange has enrolled more than 500,000 people in qualified plans or in Medicaid.

Federal goal is more Hanford land access

The Department of Energy wants to provide additional access to Hanford land as it is cleaned up, a top official said Thursday.

Census: King County booming, but some state counties dying off

You might call it a “tale of two states.” According to estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County enjoyed remarkable population growth for the year ending July 1, 2013. But the census data also reveal that 11 of the state’s 39 counties — including Garfield County — are dying undergoing what demographers call “natural decrease,” with the number of deaths exceeding the number of births in that one-year period.

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Strong salmon runs expected in the upper Columbia River

KENNEWICK — Anglers should expect strong salmon runs this year, state Fish and Wildlife officials said Thursday.

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With dozens missing after slide, search goes on nonstop

ARLINGTON, Wash. — They are searching for their own. Families and friends are desperate to find the ones who were home on a Saturday morning when the earth ripped open and crashed across so many lives.

SeaTac wage law faces test as ex-worker sues parking firm

Three months ago, when a new $15 minimum wage took effect in SeaTac for hundreds of airport-related workers, Lou Lehman looked forward to an extra $5-an-hour in her paycheck.

World Vision retracts decision to hire married gays

As evidence of just how complicated the intersection of religion and same-sex marriage can be, World Vision has reversed a decision it made only two days earlier to hire married gay Christians — a move as stunning as the initial announcement.

More than 30 small quakes shake Mount Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state geologists say they’ve been watching a recent swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood.

More Hanford workers report symptoms believed to be linked to storage tanks

RICHLAND — Two more Hanford tank workers were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center Wednesday after developing symptoms believed linked to tank vapors.

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Oregon extends insurance deadline to April 30 (with video)

SALEM — Oregonians will have an extra month to sign up for subsidized health insurance, and the state’s health insurance exchange is planning a $1 million push to get the word out, officials announced Wednesday.

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Hope fades for dozens missing in mudslide

ARLINGTON — Up to 90 people now are considered missing, or worse, as a result of the Oso mudslide.

Washington Senate OKs per diem increase for itself

OLYMPIA — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to give an extra $30 a day to senators and an additional $10 daily increase to legislative assistants while the Legislature is in session.

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Aid starts arriving for victims of disaster

OLYMPIA — As the search continues for survivors of a deadly mudslide in Washington state, the first steps in helping those affected have already begun.

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Death toll rises to 24; no end in sight to grim search

ARLINGTON, Wash., — The confirmed death toll has now climbed to 24 after a massive landslide near Oso on Saturday.

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Search effort expands in landslide area

ARLINGTON, Wash. — No survivors were found overnight and the death toll was expected to continue climbing today as more searchers converged for the fourth day of trying to find people caught up in a massive mudslide that buried a neighborhood in Oso on Saturday.