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Columbia Riverkeeper tests find toxics in fish bound for dinner tables

Before they landed on local fishermen's plates this summer, an environmental group tested five Columbia River fish to see what toxics lay within. The results of Columbia Riverkeeper's analysis weren't unexpected, and for resident fish, they weren't good. The worst? Two walleye, which had high levels of PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, cancer-causing industrial chemicals banned in 1979 that accumulate up the food chain in fish. One had 175 times more

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Mental health court a ‘safe zone’ of help

Assistance program for those in criminal justice system not feeling pinch, official says Tracey Anne Green walks 9 miles round-trip to make her Clark County Mental Health Court appearances. “That’s my meditating time,” Green said Wednesday following a five-minute check-in with a judge. Green, 53, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. She doesn’t travel by bus from her Hazel Dell mobile home to the

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How one young couple resolved their own gun debate

My fiance's family bought us a gun. Then things got interesting. Last Christmas, as our family was gathered to open presents, my fiancé reached under the couch cushion he was sitting on and pulled out a handgun. It wasn’t loaded. And he had only good intentions. The gun was a gift from his stepdad and two older brothers — cleverly hidden under his own seat for him to discover. http://crosscut.com/2014/09/22/lifestyle/121956/gun-debate-comes-home/

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Infographic: Connection between gun deaths and gun laws

On the fall ballot, Washington voters will be asked to vote on two opposing gun control initiatives — one calling for expanded background checks, the other keeping the current system of background checks in place. These are two of only three statewide gun control measures on November ballots anywhere in the country. Alabama voters will be asked to weigh in on an amendment to that state’s constitution protecting the right to bear arms.  

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Study: Criminals easily skirt law buying guns online

This spring, a man in King County posted an ad on an online gun market, seeking a 9mm handgun. “Cash in hand for the right deal,” he wrote. Around the same time, a man in Tacoma posted an ad saying he was “always looking for guns.” A Vancouver man posted an ad seeking to buy pistols. A Longview man posted an ad seeking a lower receiver for an assault rifle. Each of the men was legally prohibited from owning firearms due to criminal convictions

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Tacoma council to decide whether to back statewide background checks for all gun buys

The Tacoma City Council could decide Tuesday (Sept. 23) whether to endorse a statewide initiative that would require background checks for all firearm sales. Mayor Marilyn Strickland said Tuesday that she and council members Ryan Mello, Lauren Walker and Victoria Woodards will co-sponsor a City Council resolution to support Initiative 594. Strickland said she expects the council to have “an interesting discussion” on the topic. Strickland said

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Early quake warning system critical for coast

The Northwest is the nation’s second most earthquake-prone region, just behind California. Washington state lies within the Ring of Fire, the zone of frequent earthquake and volcanic activity circling the Pacific Ocean. More than 90 percent of all earthquakes and 80 percent of the most destructive quakes occur in the Ring of Fire http://www.theolympian.com/2014/08/28/3286273_early-quake-warning-system-critical.html?sp=/99/109/207/&rh=1

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Don’t gut social services to satisfy McCleary ruling

All children in Washington should have the opportunity to succeed in well-funded, high quality schools. However, for many families without access to a home, food or health care, this opportunity diminishes substantially. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/08/17/3332975/dont-gut-social-services-to-satisfy.html?sp=/99/447/1290/#storylink=cpy

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Money starts to flow in for gun initiatives

OLYMPIA — While state voters won’t weigh in on competing gun-related ballot measures for months, money already is pouring into the campaigns in advance of the November election. Initiative 594, which proposes universal background checks for gun sales and transfers, has a significant fundraising advantage over its rival. Initiative 591 would prevent the state from adopting background-check laws that go beyond the national standard, which requires

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Paul Allen chips in $500K for gun initiative

Standing out amongst the $25 and $50 individual donations to Initiative 594, or the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility initiative, is Paul Allen's name. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2014/08/paul-allen-chips-in-500k-for-gun-initiative.html

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