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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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WA Attorney General seeks to raise smoking age to 21
WA Attorney General seeks to raise smoking age to 21 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Attorney General Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Wednesday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a plan to raise the minimum smoking age in our state from 18 to 21. Ferguson cannot himself propose legislation but apparently has legislators who have created a bill at his request.

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More flocks test positive for Avian flu in Washington state
More flocks test positive for Avian flu in Washington state (Townsquare media image)
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Avian Flu Detected in More Birds in Washington state

What began as an outbreak in Benton County has spread to other parts of state,  but largely due to migrating wildlife.

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Obamacare glitches again
Obamacare glitches again (healthcare.gov)
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Frustrated Woman Confronts WA Healthcare Exchange IN PERSON Over Unpaid Bills!

Fortunately, she didn't have to drive clear across the state, but it's still pretty amazing.

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Why Keeping New Year’s Resolutions Is Nearly Impossible

You know the drill -- new year, new year resolutions. Sure, they're easy to say, but keeping them? Well, that's something else entirely.

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Flu Doesn’t Make You Throw Up! It’s Respiratory — And an Epidemic in Washington

Flu doesn't make you throw up! Ever. Never. No it doesn't. Look it up. I promise. I pinky-swear, cross my heart and hope to die promise. Look it up. It's a respiratory illness. And it's now an epidemic in Washington state.

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Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money
Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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As We Head to 2015 – 3 Things You Should NOT Buy Generic

Maybe one of your New Year's Resolutions is to save some money.  Often, that involves purchasing generic, lower-priced versions of food and products.    Most of the time, it can save money (But there's NO tasty generic substitute for Corn Flakes! We tried it, we know!).  But, according to leading consumer experts, there ARE some generic products that don't cut the mustard, and could even be a bit harmful.

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Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th.
Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th. (City of Kennewick - Three Rivers Convention Center).
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BIG Policy Conference Coming to Tri-Cities January 6th – They Want YOUR Opinion

If you read our website, Facebook page, and listen to Newstalk 870,  you're probably familiar with The Washington Policy Center.   Now, they're coming to the Tri-Cities, bringing in some pretty powerful leaders, and they want your opinions.

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Homeless flocking to Colorado in search of legal pot
Homeless flocking to Colorado in search of legal pot (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Homeless Flocking to Colorado for Marijuana – Shelters Can’t Keep Up

Colorado is now facing yet another unintended, and unforseen consequence about legalized pot.    Homeless people are flocking to the state to get high.  Is this a problem that will begin to show up in our state as well?

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