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Jose Martinez was 14 when he came to the U.S. from Mexico to work in agriculture. He became an activist after years of enduring tough working conditions. Mike Kane for NPR hide caption

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They put food on our tables but live in the shadows. This man is fighting to be seen

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Patricia Mendoza says she was happy when she first heard that farmworkers would be eligible for overtime. She didn't anticipate that she would lose hours as a result of the new law. Mike Kane for NPR hide caption

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These farmworkers thought a new overtime law would help them. Now, they want it gone

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Hairstylist Bunnei Johnson checks out the scene on the fifth floor of a building at 1409 Washington Ave., where 10 teens were shot overnight, one fatally, during a party in the building in downtown St. Louis, Sunday, June 18, 2023. David Carson/AP hide caption

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Former Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp, center, attends a WNBA basketball game between the Seattle Storm and the Chicago Sky on May 18, 2022, in Seattle. Prosecutors in Washington state charged Kemp on Friday, April 14, 2023, with first-degree assault in a parking lot shooting last month over a stolen cell phone. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Someone in Washington state overcame steep odds Monday night, Feb. 6, 2023, to win an estimated $747 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials did not immediately make an announcement of a winner. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Electric power lines are displayed at sunset in El Segundo, Calif., on Aug. 31, 2022. The FBI charged two men over attacks on Washington state's power grid that left thousands without power. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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There are five active volcanoes in Washington State. Of the five, Glacier Peak is the most remote. U.S. Geological Survey hide caption

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Tony Johnson sits on his bed with his dog, Dash, in the one-room home he shares with his wife, Karen Johnson, in a care facility in Burlington, Wash. on April 13, 2022. Johnson was one of the first people to get COVID-19 in Washington state in April of 2020. His left leg had to be amputated due to lack of wound care after he developed blood clots in his feet while on a ventilator. Lynn Johnson for NPR hide caption

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Medicare's coverage for long-term care is very limited, while Medicaid generally requires people to impoverish themselves before it picks up the tab. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption

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The Washington state government, in its second year of offering the nation's first public option health insurance plan, has learned an important lesson: If you want hospitals to participate, you're probably going to have to force them. David Ryder/Getty Images hide caption

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Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample sent from Japan and brought in for research last year in Blaine, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Washington is offering free, pre-rolled joints to adults who get the COVID-19 vaccine. Here, a person smokes a joint in The Netherlands. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Sydney Porter of Bellevue, Wash., receives her COVID-19 vaccination from Kristine Gill, with the Seattle Fire Department's Mobile Vaccination Teams, before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles at T-Mobile Park on May 5 in Seattle. A late spring COVID-19 surge has filled hospitals in the metro areas around Seattle. Steph Chambers/Getty Images hide caption

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4th Wave Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hits Washington State

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Mount Adams rises in the distance beyond the largely agricultural Yakima Valley, in Yakima, Wash. Elaine Thompson / AP hide caption

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Washington Farmworkers Ask State Supreme Court For Overtime Pay

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A bottle containing orange juice and rice cooking wine is set as a trap by Jenni Cena, pest biologist and trapping supervisor from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, in an effort to catch Asian giant hornets, also known as murder hornets. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest Tuesday at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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