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    Bishop Center for Performing Arts receives ArtsWA Innovation grant

    The Bishop Center for Performing Arts at Grays Harbor College is among several Washington State arts organizations who have been awarded grants as part of ArtsWA’s inaugural Innovations Incentives Program. Arts organizations applied for the Incentives awards as part of the annual competitive Grants to Organizations projects support process. The Bishop Center was awarded $2,000 in the […]

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  • Washington Commemorates Worker Memorial Day

    People are gathering around the state through this weekend to honor those who have died on the job.

    Workers’ Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance, held on or near the April 28 date on which Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970.

    Several ceremonies will honor 69 people who died in Washington state in 2011 as a result of job-related illnesses or injuries. They include a corrections officer, a firefighter, a salesperson and a construction worker as well as military personnel, and will be remembered for their service to their communities.

    James Robinson, president of the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 793 at Lakewood’s Western State Hospital, says people come away from these ceremonies with a new resolve to be safer at work.

    It gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect about our jobs and the environments that we work in, and how we can make ’em better. And that’s really the focal point of Worker Memorial Day.
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  • New Public Records Abuse Law to be Put to the Test

    OLYMPIA… In an ironic twist, a law to prevent frivolous or excessive public records requests by inmates in state prisons will be used for the first time against an inmate requesting information pertaining to the law from the very person who wrote the law.

    An incarcerated offender has requested "any and all records in any format, from any agency and/or person, relating to the prospective and subsequent passing, directly or indirectly, of HB 1181 and SB 5130." It's expected to become the first legal test of the measure.

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    State and local police asking the public to “Tweet Smart” at crime scenes

    Social media has become the tool of choice for sharing life events, from mundane things like family dinners to major, life-changing, emergencies Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to “Tweet Smart” during emergencies, to help public safety responders keep you safe. “Please don’t tweet about the movements of responding police officers, or post pictures,” […]

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  • Sex Offender Arrested in Elma, Facebook Sting After Parent Gets Involved

    ELMA, Wash. – A level two registered sex offender from Snohomish, Washington was arrested today in the city of Elma, after allegedly travelling there to have sex with someone he thought was an 11-year old boy.

    The “boy” turned out to be a detective, part of the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) The arrest took place when the suspect showed up at a men’s restroom in a remote part of an Elma park, where he had arranged to meet his intended victim.

    The case began because the boy’s mother was alertly monitoring his online activities. When she saw inappropriate chat conversations on his Facebook account, she notified the Elma Police Department which in turn sought assistance from MECTF.

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  • Press Conference with Guest Speaker Congressman Adam Smith to Promote Free Tax Help for WA Taxpayers

    IRS e-fileThe Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) will host a press conference on Friday, March 27, with guest speaker Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) at Clover Park Technical College, to remind taxpayers of the availability of a public-private partnership aimed at helping lower and moderate income Washington taxpayers – including those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, active-duty military, students, and seniors – electronically prepare and e-file their federal tax return for FREE.

    The program, called the Free File Alliance, is a partnership between the IRS (http://www.irs.gov/), and the nation's electronic tax software manufacturers, including Intuit, the maker of TurboTax Freedom Edition (http://www.taxfreedom.com/).  


    Following the 10:00 a.m. press conference, community-based organization representatives will participate in an hour-long tax training workshop to learn how easy it is to use these programs, share ideas, and gain access to outreach materials to inform eligible taxpayers in the community. 

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