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Chestnut/Bay Street bridge to re-open

Bridge has been closed since May


Lummi Island Ferry fares go up/down next month

Whatcom Chief carried 177,000 passengers between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island last year.

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Washington health insurance premiums to be paid directly

This change is expected to eliminate problems Washington residents experienced with the exchange last year, when some premium payments were not credited properly.

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Whatcom County’s August unemployment rate is down

The construction industry and professional business services are big reasons why.

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Felony pot charges for teens being reduced in Asotin County

A prosecutor in Washington's southeastern corner is reducing felony marijuana charges he filed against six juveniles because of a misinterpretation of state law.


City Council action on Muslims draws protest

The Spokane City Council has stepped squarely into controversy by approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community.

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov Website in Washington. Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal “Obamacare,” but GOP governors don’t see the president’s health care law going away.

Uninsured are getting harder to sign up

The Obama administration says it's getting harder to sign up those remaining uninsured under the president's health care law.

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Authorities arrest two, seize thousands in illegal drugs

A drug bust in Whatcom County. Ferndale police, in tandem with the Whatcom county sheriff’s office, arrested Kenneth Heinzl and…


Hundreds in downtown Seattle protest visit from Chinese President

Hundreds of protesters are banging drums, crashing cymbals and holding banners in Chinese and English in downtown Seattle as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the city as part of a trip to the U.S.


Man tries to hit dumpster diver with car

A man is in jail today trying to hit a man with his car. Police say Jeffrey Martin was arrested…


CH2M Hill closing Bellingham location

More than 100 people work at the Bellwether office.

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WWU opens an office on State Street

The university expands its presence downtown with a 2500 square foot space.


Seattle IRS agent charged with trying to get bribe from pot shop owner

An Internal Revenue Service agent has been arrested on charges related to soliciting a bribe and accepting payment from a Seattle marijuana business owner.

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I-5 in Bellingham a major mess Monday

Two crashes involving semi-trucks slowed traffic through Bellingham for hours.

Vote Election

State says Eyman used money meant to support certain initiatives for personal expenses

Public Disclosure Commission Investigators say money meant for one initiative was used to support another. They also say Eyman used $170,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.


Trial begins for father of teen who shot classmates

The federal trial of the father of the teenager who fatally shot four high school classmates began Monday with jury selection.

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Wages are up in Whatcom County, but still below state average

Wages are up in Whatcom County, but they’re still lower than those in almost all of the other largest counties in the state.


Bay Area does not support local coal terminal proposal

Unlike Whatcom County, the Bay Area does not support a local coal terminal proposal.


Washington begins rule process to cap carbon pollution

Washington begins rule process to cap carbon pollution.

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20 yr. old falls from 3rd floor of WSU Frat house

A WSU student started his Saturday night in a frat and ended it in the hospital after falling from the third floor fire escape.

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Trail Blazers defeat Warriors

The Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, is shown in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Trail Blazers beat the defending champion Golden State Warriors 118-101 in a preseason game on Thursday night.

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Hasselbeck & Colts beat Texans on Thursday Night Football


Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck to help the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.

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Washington gets defensive, holds on to upset No. 17 USC

Petersen and Gaskin

Myles Gaskin ran for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Washington shut down No. 17 Southern California's high-powered offense throughout a 17-12 victory over the Trojans

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McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS


The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense