December 5, 2012 Gay and lesbian couples can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses Thursday. Last month, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland voted to approve same-sex marriage, making them the first states where gay marriage has passed through popular vote.
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.
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October 3, 2012 Washington state apple growers are harvesting the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The next few weeks are when the bulk of the region's fruit is picked. The labor shortage comes as apple prices are high.
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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.
February 8, 2012 The move would make the state the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week. The vote comes a day after a federal appeals court ruled that California's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
February 2, 2012 By a 28-21 vote late Wednesday, the Washington State Senate approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. The state House is expected to do the same next week and Gov. Christine Gregoire has said she will sign the legislation.
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January 23, 2012 Citing the Golden Rule and saying that "all men and women in our state [should] enjoy the same privileges that are so important in my life," the last legislator needed to pass such legislation announced that she will support the measure.
November 30, 2010 Murray took a job other Senate Democrats declined because of having to defend 23 seats versus the nine seats the GOP will be defending. Murray just won her own close race
Sen. Patty Murray celebrates with her husband Rob (r) and supporters after challenger Dino Rossi conceded.
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November 5, 2010 Democratic incumbent Murray was appealing enough to defeat a well- known and financed Republican who had the backing of a Karl Rove-linked group. She's been very effective at bringing back federal money for projects in her state.
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