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Wassup: April 22

It's Earth Day. If you haven't bought a card or gift for your beloved, there's still time to stop on the way home. Oh, wait, wrong holiday. If you haven't picked up some earth for your beloved, be sure to stop on the way home...

To mark Earth Day, members of Congress are doing what they do best. Holding hearings.Sen. Maria Cantwell has a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee's oceans, atmosphere, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee, to talk about oceans.

In Spokane, city officials and folks from Avista are unveiling an "electric vehicle charging" station at 11 a.m., in the parking lot just north of City Hall.

Expect a wide range of statements from various honorables talking about what a great planet we live on and how we need to protect it.

In other news, House Republicans, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, will announce a resolution to reform the earmark process.

And folks will continue talking about the latest statewide initiative to be filed, which would put a state income tax in place in Washington.

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