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Lighthouse Mission helping some attend college

Most people notice the Lighthouse Mission on f street and West Holly as they wait at a stoplight, or drive…


Washington food trucks gain a voice

From Mediterranean to Vietnamese.  From Greek gyros to Chicago-style pizza, Whatcom county is full of food trucks. A Washington State…

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Drugs may be behind the death of a WWU honor student and athlete

Police say he died after a night of drug use with friends and roommates.


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.

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Lackey dominates, Cardinals beat Cubs in NLDS opener

The ball cap and glove St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Mote lie in the outfield grass during the baseball team's workout in Pittsburgh Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The Pirates face the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of the National League Division Series baseball game Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Saturday. The Cardinals turn to lefty Jaime Garcia who made 20 starts coming off risky thoracic surgery. Kyle Hendricks makes his postseason debut for the NL wild-card winners.

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Bae leads an International team rally amid Mickelson mistake at Presidents Cup


Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson were assessed a one-hole penalty at No. 7 when Mickelson used a different model golf ball, ultimately costing the Americans the match.

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NYC jury acquits Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha in police fracas


A Manhattan jury found Sefolosha not guilty Friday of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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This weekend’s sports schedule


Here's a look at some of this weekend's big sporting events.

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This week’s best sports shots


Here's a look at some of the big moments and best plays this week.

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