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Protecting students goes high-tech

YAKIMA — Within minutes of an ammonia leak at a Zillah fruit warehouse last month, teams at each school in town began carrying out plans designed for just such an incident.

Poll: Public favors cuts over tax increases to fund schools

A new poll suggests voters want Washington’s Legislature to put education at the top of its to-do list in the coming session — but most said they’d rather cut government than raise taxes to solve the state’s school-funding crisis.

Defense secretary choice once opposed expanding Israeli settlements

SEATTLE — Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, has condemned expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, repeatedly said the U.S. must find a way for a two-state solution in the region and praised Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as “valiant.”

Ed Murray details plan to aid immigrant children

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Friday announced aspects of his $250,000 plan to help children from immigrant and refugee families navigate what could be a different environment after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Obamacare loss could affect 750,000 state residents

OLYMPIA — Repealing all aspects of Obamacare, and the federal money that came with it, could take away health coverage from about 750,000 Washington residents and throw the insurance market into chaos, state officials said Wednesday.