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Legislators urged to raise WA smoking and tobacco age to 21
Legislators urged to raise WA smoking and tobacco age to 21 (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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Governor, Attorney General Urge Washington Legislators to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Citing new studies that show vaping, or use of e-cigarettes, is rising rapidly among teens, Thursday Gov. Jay Inslee urged new legislation to help curb the problem.

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Washington Healthcare Exchange
Washington Healthcare Exchange (Washingtonhealthplanfinder.org)
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Taxpayers On Hook After Washington Healthcare Exchange Misses Enrollment Goals

If this were a private company, the CEO by now would probably have been fired, significant restructuring would have been done to save money, or the company would have tried re-organizational bankruptcy.

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Do You Respect Parental Choice on the Vaccination Debate? [POLL]

Many anti-vaccine parents are upset at the media for stirring up anger with their reporting of the measles outbreak. I honestly don't think they're stirring up anything, my sense is people are very frustrated with anti-vaccine families. Should they be? Is this a parental choice matter?

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Committee to hold hearing on mandatory abortion insurance bill
Committee to hold hearing on mandatory abortion insurance bill (washington state legislative website)
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Abortion Mandate Bill Hearing Coming Tuesday Feb. 10 in Olympia

Next Tuesday, legislators will take comments and input on a bill that would force every private insurance policy in Washington state to cover abortions.

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American Heart Month — The 7 Best Ways to Donate Now

February is American Heart Month, a time to think about more than just who we love, but how healthy our hearts and lives are. We've put together a list of seven of the best charities most deserving of your support.

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Oregon's Health Plan now covers numerous gender reassignment surgeries
Oregon's Health Plan now covers numerous gender reassignment surgeries (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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What is “Intersex Surgery?” Oregon’s Health Plan Now Covers It

Intersex surgery is how the Oregon Health Plan (Obamacare) classifies a variety of gender "reassignment" surgical procedures.

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Senate considers major change to minor abortion law
Senate considers major change to minor abortion law (Washington state legislative website)
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Landmark Abortion-Related Bill Considered in State Senate

The bill, SB 5289, has a hearing Monday, February 2nd in Olympia.

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Learn about GMO's at big forum coming to Tri-Cities
Learn about GMO's at big forum coming to Tri-Cities (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Big GMO Forum Coming to Tri-Cities February 3 – Learn Pros and Cons

It's been a hotbed of discussion, and controversy, for the last few decades.

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Pot related poison calls double in 2014
Pot related poison calls double in 2014 (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Pot-Related Poison Control Calls Rise Nearly 50% in Washington State In 2014

New data released this week by the Washington Poison Control Center shows the number of calls made involving "accidental" poisoning or overdoses by marijuana have nearly doubled, as has the number of children who ate pot edibles by accident.

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New regulations considered for medical marijuana industry
New regulations considered for medical marijuana industry (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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State Legislators Consider New Regulations for Medical Marijuana Industry

This week, Washington State Senate committees are conducting hearings over new proposed laws that would be applied to medical marijuana industry.

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