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As America’s drug overdose and death epidemic continues to impact communities of every size in every corner of the country, new challenges have emerged. In 2021, more than 107,000 people died from drug-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the bulk of...
OLYMPIA - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking two new members to serve on the Boating Program Advisory Council (BPAC). Members of the committee must have experience relevant to the program – one from public health and injury prevention, and one from recreational boating...
OLYMPIA – January is Radon Action Month. Students across the Northwest are encouraged to get creative and raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2023 Northwest Radon Poster Contest. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can buildup in homes both old and...

Many homeowners assume that flooding is included in their homeowners insurance policy when in fact, most homeowners policies do not cover flooding. (c) Image Source / iStock via Getty Images Plus
StatePoint - According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA), floods are the most frequently occurring natural disaster in  the United States, which is why it is important to understand the  risks and costs associated with flooding, and what you can do to  protect your home....
OLYMPIA -  Housing and homelessness topped a list of 12 issues in a new survey that asked Washington state residents to rank their top two problems facing the state. The Department of Commerce partnered with the Puget Sound Regional Council to conduct the 12-county survey in late 2022. Other issues...

Be transparent with your loved ones about financial priorities so you can set expectations and work toward your shared financial goals. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) g-stockstudio / iStock via Getty Images Plus
STATEPOINT -  After a holiday season spent racking up credit card bills, many Americans consider making financial resolutions in the New Year. However, now is the perfect time to not only reevaluate your saving and spending, but also commit to creating a more holistic financial plan designed to...

Tax season doesn’t need to create headaches, fears, or anxieties. By gathering important tax documents in advance and understanding your filing and refund options, you can have confidence that you’ve maximized the value and timeliness of your tax return. Courtesy StatePoint
Research shows that if you’re dreading tax season, you’re not alone. According to the Pew Research Center, 47% of Americans say they are bothered a lot by the complexity of the federal tax system. Other taxpayers stress over getting the details right. In a Credello survey, 22% of respondents say...
OLYMPIA – Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation – the state’s largest source of carbon pollution. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20 percent, or about 4.3 million metric...
TUMWATER — A new state law taking effect Jan. 1 requires employers to include specific wage or salary details and a description of benefits when they post a job opportunity. To make sure businesses know exactly what’s required, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is...
OLYMPIA - In Washington state, the costs associated with flooding exceed all other natural hazards. In any given year, there is better than an 80% chance that 10 or more flood events will occur, and the frequency of floods will increase as the climate changes. The Washington Legislature established...

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