Inmates walk past correctional officers at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash., on Feb. 17, 2011. Gov. Jay Inslee said last month that more than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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2 Prisoners Mistakenly Released Early Now Charged In Killings

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More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed

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Many homes in the mountains of Kittitas County, Wash., are at severe risk for a wildfire. Fire managers are worried that parts of typically "wet" Washington state are years behind other places in the West when it comes to fire mitigation and prevention. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Drier Washington State, Fire Chiefs Say Wildfires Could Scorch Any City

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A wildfire raced through the neighborhood of Broadview in Wenatchee, Wash., destroying numerous homes and apple-processing facilities. Fire managers are worried that parts of Washington state are years behind other places in the West when it comes to fire mitigation and prevention. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Wildfire Worries Rage In Typically 'Wet' Washington State

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Rancher Ross Frank worries that funding to fight fires in Western communities like Chumstick, Wash., has crowded out important land management work. Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio hide caption

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

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Remote Jailing Cuts Off Inmates From Real-World Support System

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Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp stands on the docks as tribal crabbers unload their catch. The tribe has vowed to fight the oil train-to-ship terminals proposed for Grays Harbor. Ashley Ahearn/KUOW hide caption

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

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The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

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Across Washington State, hydroelectric dams are blocking salmon as they migrate to their spawning grounds. Enter the salmon cannon. Ingrid Taylar/Flickr hide caption

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

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