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March 23  |  Herald staff
Marijuana license-application update The wait is almost over for the thousands of people lined up to get into the state's newest industry, pot. Licenses to grow and process marijuana into sellable products are starting to get handed out by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. It's been slow going. As of last week, only four operations had been approved, one each in King, Pierce, Kitsap and Spokane counties. Each has been

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March 9  |  Reported by Chuck Taylor / Herald Writer
Earning a living in Snohomish County The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 351,535 working people in 2012 who called Snohomish County home. That's about half the population. More than 35 percent of them earned their living in another county — no surprise given the number of folks who reside in north Seattle suburbs. So commute times are greater than the state or national averages. We also have a proportionately bigger middle class than most places, due in large part to numerous aerospace engineers and...

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February 23  |  Reported by Chuck Taylor / Herald Writer
Affordable Care Act enrollment for state, county The goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to reduce the cost of health care, in part by getting the uninsured to enroll in a private plan or Medicaid, for which more people now are eligible. Our state's implementation began Oct. 1 when Washington Healthplanfinder, at, was launched. The

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February 9  |  Reported by Chuck Taylor / Herald Writer
How many earn minimum wage in Snohomish County? Following SeaTac's vote last year to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, union activists and politicians here and elsewhere have adopted the issue. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase Washington's minimum wage — already highest in the nation — from $9.32 per hour to $12. So how many jobs would be affected?

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January 23  |  Reported by Jerry Cornfield / Herald Writer
How to contact your state lawmakers The 2014 session of Washington's Legislature began Jan. 13 but it wasn't until last Tuesday that our delegation in Olympia was settled. After the resignation of state Sen. Paull Shin on Jan. 7, two seats in the 21st District were in flux. Those seats have been filled, so here now is the complete list of state lawmakers in the seven...

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January 12  |  Reported by Noah Haglund / Herald Writer
Local political resignations and appointments The past year has been unusually busy with political resignations and appointments — so busy that we decided a scorecard was needed. Here's a rundown of selected officer-holders in Snohomish County who have quit, and who replaced them. In more than a few cases, an elected official was trading up to a more important role.

JobWho resigned?When?ReasonReplacementWhen were they...

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January 2  |  By Scott North

There are plenty of people in Snohomish County who apparently hope to cash in on Washington's newly legal market for recreational marijuana.

Through Dec. 31, just under 280 people and companies had applied for 449 legal marijuana licenses here, according to the

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December 15  |  Reported by Noah Haglund / Herald Writer
Data mapping by Rikki King / Herald Writer
Everett's widespread sewer challenge Everett's cleanup and repair bill for sewer malfunctions on Aug. 29 and Sept. 6 has crept to an estimated $3.2 million. That's before factoring in longer-term fixes. By last week, the city had reported receiving 189 related claims for damage. It's accepted 164 and...

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December 1  |  Reported by Rikki King / Herald Writer
Snohomish County's priciest homes If a reality TV crew was to tour the most tricked-out houses of Snohomish County, they'd have to spend a lot of time in Woodway. The tiny town claims 18 of the county's 25 most expensive homes, property records show. The rest are in Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Stanwood and Arlington. How does a home make the list?

Waterfront views and privacy are the biggest factors in multimillion-dollar homes, said

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November 10  |  By Chuck Taylor Herald Writer
Boeing in Washington: 15,446 jets and counting While the fate of the Boeing 777 line in Everett is debated and decided by union members and politicians, let's consider what this state has accomplished and what the aerospace business means. Here are some ways of looking at that legacy.

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