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E-Cycle program hits 250 million pounds

MOUNT VERNON — The state’s electronics recycling program reached a milestone in November, when the program passed the 250 million-pound mark for TVs, computers and other electronics collected since 2009.

Yakima County dispersing Human Services department

YAKIMA — Next month, Yakima County will begin dissolving the Department of Human Services and moving all but one of its programs to outside organizations, Yakima County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey said Monday.

Students swell Seattle’s Ferguson trial protests

SEATTLE — About 1,300 high school students who walked out of classes Tuesday helped swell the ranks of Seattle demonstrators protesting the grand jury decision in Missouri not to indict a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

Heron Bluff Trail connects paths around Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — After a decade of fund raising and advocating, months of waiting for construction and a tense city council meeting with upset neighbors opposed to a trail, the Heron Bluff Trail is finally complete.

Second lawsuit planned over Hanford vapors

RICHLAND — A second group has announced its intention to file a lawsuit over the exposure of some Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers to harmful vapors.

Civil rights office confirms inquiry at Whitman College

SEATTLE — Whitman College is under investigation for a possible violation of federal law over the handling of sexual-violence and harassment complaints, the federal Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights office confirmed Tuesday.

JBLM may lose 11,000 more soldiers in new Army plan

When the Army released a proposal last summer to cut as many as 11,000 more soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, hundreds of people from the South Sound spoke up about how the drawdown would hurt the local economy.

Carbon-pricing: A ‘year for action’

Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-pricing task force, in a final report made public Monday, looked at two options for reducing fossil fuel emissions but made no recommendation on which one would be best for the state.