welfare benefits http://nwpr.org en Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits http://nwpr.org/post/long-term-unemployed-face-end-benefits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unemployment benefits are about to run out for tens of thousands of </span>Northwesterners<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Without a Congressional extension, payments will stop later this month to people who've been without a job for more than six months.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:39:27 +0000 Chris Lehman 38777 at http://nwpr.org Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Debated In Olympia http://nwpr.org/post/drug-testing-welfare-recipients-debated-olympia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/021413AKoly_Cooper1_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – People seeking welfare assistance could face a drug test before they receive any benefits, under a bill in Olympia. Thursday, Washington lawmakers heard debate over a drug test requirement that would kick in early in the application process, if caseworkers feel it’s necessary.<p>Republican Rep. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:56:35 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 22803 at http://nwpr.org