Here’s a quick news flash to brighten your day

Friends: During a typical legislative session, my colleagues and I cast all kinds of votes for all kinds of bills and budgets and, more often than not, hear little about the actual results. I mean, we know we’re voting for a worthwhile program — we’re just not privy to the real-world results that follow months or years down the road. Not usually, anyway. And that’s what made this week’s email from Morgan Hickel, the associate director in the Office of State Relations at the University of Washington, special. Dr. Hickel informed me that funds we approved for UW’s Center for Environmental Forensic Science enabled Professor Sam Wasser to conduct research that led to the arrest of two ivory traffickers in Edmonds earlier ...

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