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State workers at more than 80 workplaces around Washington walked off the job Wednesday. They want lawmakers to fund pay raises promised in contracts.

Budget negotiations have stalled in Olympia and there’s still no funding to increase pay for state workers.

The nearly five percent raise would be their first in more than seven years.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are poised to get a raise twice that size later this year.

Steve Hoffman, a shop steward at North Seattle Community College, says that’s not fair.

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Pinto abalone were poached almost to extinction by the end of the 90s. The tasty meat of this shellfish, combined with its mother of pearl shell, made pinto abalone a target for illegal harvest, and a delicacy in Asia. Thousands upon thousands of them were taken from Puget Sound.

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Washington lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss docking teacher pay during strikes and walk-outs.

This comes the same day hundreds of teachers walked out classrooms to protest a lack of education funding.

A state Senate committee held a hearing for a bill that would prevent striking teachers from collecting salary and benefits when they aren’t at work.

Senator Tim Sheldon, a Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans, is the prime sponsor.He says teachers shouldn’t get paid when they aren’t at work.

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The U.S. is increasing its efforts to combat global wildlife trafficking. But resources have diminished for catching poachers stateside. In Central Oregon, Fish and Wildlife troopers are struggling to protect a mule deer population that’s in decline.

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 Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering near Terminal 5 along the Seattle waterfront.

They're protesting Shell Oil's decision to use the port to base an arctic drilling rig.

Edmonds Community College student, Kendra Potoshnik is among the demonstrators this morning.

She says protestors want to make sure that Shell's drilling rigs never make it to the arctic.

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Every year deer and elk lose their antlers. It’s kind of like when a child loses a baby tooth. For some, they’re are fun to collect. But other unscrupulous people are harassing animals to death in an effort grab the biggest antlers.  The trick to looking for antlers is to keep your eyes on the ground.

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As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.

He says snowpack levels are at unprecedented lows, rivers are drying out and irrigation districts are cutting off water to farmers.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday to boost oil train safety regulations.

It’s one of the ways the state is bracing to take on a growing number of oil trains.

Inslee requested the bill, but he says it’s not enough.

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Federal courts may force the U.S. Department of Energy to adhere to new timelines to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

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