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Measles Outbreak in Washington State 2019: Key Updates

Washington state’s measles outbreak is becoming a bigger public-health crisis, as the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 30 — and that number will only continue to rise, public health officials say, largely because the outbreak is happening in an area with low vaccination rates. When governor Jay Inslee declared …

Researchers seek better ways to farm popular Pacific fish

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The dark gray fish prized for its buttery flavor live deep in the ocean, so researchers keep their lab cold and dark to simulate ideal conditions for sablefish larvae. A biologist shines his dim red headlamp and uses an ultrasound to scan the belly of …

Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don’t …