Donna Gordon Blankinship

The Associated Press

Oso Slide
1:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive?

A demolished recreational vehicle lies near the edge of a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.

"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.

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Natural Disaster
9:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure would likely decline dramatically.

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Natural Disaster
8:48 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8 In Snohomish County, At Least 18 Missing

A view of the breach where water from the Stillaguamish River is beginning to move through the dam created by Saturday's mudslide on SR 530 in Oso.
WSDOT

Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.

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Natural Disaster
12:51 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Inslee: Deadly Mudslide Caused 'Total Devastation' In Snohomish County

WSDOT

Eighteen people were unaccounted for a day after a terrifying wall of mud, trees and debris destroyed as many as 30 houses in rural northwestern Washington state and killed four people, authorities said Sunday.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said Sunday that crews were able to get out to the debris and found the fourth body buried in the mud. Hots said emergency responders and technical rescue personnel found "no signs of life" as they scoured the area.

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Affordable Care Act
10:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Wash. Health Exchange Offline Despite Deadline

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Associated Press

Washington's online health insurance exchange was offline overnight until nearly 9 a.m. on Monday morning despite a looming deadline for Washington residents to sign up for health insurance — or at least try to start the process.

A spokesman for the Washington Healthplanfinder says the site was down for scheduled maintenance overnight. And then they extended the closure for another few hours to run some applications that had previously been stopped by error messages.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Eastside Catholic Students Protest Forced Departure of Gay Vice Principal

Alex Garland

Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.

An online petition started by the senior class president of Eastside Catholic was the third fastest growing U.S. petition on change.org Friday, attracting around 15,000 signatures in one day.

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Education
11:11 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Started, But Didn't Finish GED? Deadline Looms

Sally Raftery
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Thousands of Washington residents who started the GED high school equivalency test sometime this past decade but never finished now have just a few weeks to complete their exams or start over.

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Affordable Care Act
11:46 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Brokers Get Creative to Keep Work during Change

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

When Jeff Lindstrom started buying health insurance-related Internet domain names a few years ago, he thought he was being a smart, creative businessman.

Lindstrom, an insurance broker who works in the Seattle area, bought 40-50 domain names and hit the jackpot with one choice: washingtonhealthplanfinder.org. No, that's not the state's new health insurance marketplace. That's Lindstrom's brokerage site.

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Education funding
5:21 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Legislative Critics Don't Like Ed Funding Report

When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.

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college tuition
10:46 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tuition Freeze in Place at Wash. State Schools

FILE - In this photo taken April 26, 2013, University of Washington students Benjamin Ferschli, left, Oscar Haavardsholm and Nicholas McMillan study in Suzzallo Library at the school in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Higher education budgets are getting their first increase from the Washington general fund since 2009, and with that boost, comes a mandated one-year tuition freeze that provides a welcome break for those paying for college.

School officials say the moves came just in time. Tuition rates have nearly doubled over the past four years to help make up for a series of state budget cuts. Further increases, administrators feared, would prevent some students from enrolling.

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public education
12:15 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Report: Wash. kids are poorer, but better educated

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Associated Press

More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.

The annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of Washington children living in poverty has increased to 18 percent, but poverty in the state is still well below the national average.

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Higher Education
1:22 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds

Despite signs that the state economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.

More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren't getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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