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Local Yakima school board approves $193M budget
The Yakima School District approved the spending Tuesday night. The budget includes a projected $10 million deficit, but officials say it likely won't be that large.
Local Yakima to spend $350K to finish underpass art project
The Yakima City Council voted to use some of the money left over from building the Lincoln Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard underpasses to complete "Bins of Light," an electric sculpture.
Hanford Hanford contractor ordered to reinstate fired whistleblower
The U.S. Department of Labor says Washington River Protection Solutions violated federal rules by firing the worker after she raised questions about safety. The company says her concerns over environmental issues did not play a role in her termination.

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Had finally gotten out of the lightning storms from Mattawa to Selah on 08-14-2014, so I stopped at the rest stop just above Selah by the Fred G. Redmon Bridge at 1 AM. The lightning looked to be heading in my direction, so I started to shoot and got lucky with a HUGE perseid meteor.

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end O'Brien Schofield is more determined than ever to prove himself after what he calls a "crazy" offseason.
Sports Nieves, Hamels lead Phillies past Mariners, 4-3
Wil Nieves doubled and had three hits and Cole Hamels got a victory when he wasn't at his best as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday.
Sports MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts
An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business.

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Technology No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook
At a time when just about everyone and their mother is intent on publicizing the newest generation's early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children's photos off the Internet.
Technology Government wants to make cars talk to each other
The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

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Health Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing
For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.
Health Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
Health Study questions need for most people to cut salt
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.

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Business (New) US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month
Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.

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Consumer Shuck-free corn on the cob: Does it work? (Video)
It's not the worst food prep task to get stuck with- but there's nothing fun about shucking fresh ears of corn- especially when it comes to getting all that corn silk off the cob. And of course none of us likes the thought of a giant pot of boiling water in the kitchen on a hot summer day. So I was intrigued by websites claiming to have a solution.
Consumer Raw pet food diet increases the risk of food poisoning in the house
Some people like to feed their pets a raw food diet. They think it's better for them.

The Food and Drug Administration recently warned that serving raw food increases the risk of food poisoning – for both the people and the pets in the family – unless you are very careful.