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Sequester cuts starting to land in Washington, but impact on such sensitive programs as Head Start for kids won’t be felt right away

UPDATE: Our print story that expands on this post from Wednesday is here.

Budget gurus for the state of Washington are still calculating the actual effects of the much federal spending cuts being triggered by a 2011 budget vote in Congress known as the “sequestration.’’

But the cuts began taking effect Friday to the tune of almost $83 million in state-administered programs over the next seven months, and the timing and effects vary by program in state government and agencies it funds.

What is known is that vulnerable populations such as the disabled, seniors, kids in Head Start and

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From earthquakes to tsunamis debris – retiring Health Secretary Mary Selecky reflects on 15 years at helm

Washington state Health Secretary Mary Selecky announced her retirement Wednesday, ending a nearly 15-year run that spanned three governors and made her the longest serving member of the Cabinet. Her announcement said she is retiring and going back to Colville where she began a long career as a public health advocate.

Selecky told The Olympian in a telephone interview late Wednesday that she made up her mind over the holidays that it was time to move on. She says she told Gov. Jay Inslee she would serve until he found a replacement, which he is in

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