Maregarita Magana, 34, snips off the stem of an early Fuji apple in Chiawana Orchards near Pasco, Wash. State farmers worry that many apples might be left on the trees this year. Anna King/Northwest News Network hide caption

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In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

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Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, embraces Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, after the Washington state House voted Wednesday to legalize gay marriage. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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