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August 5, 2009 in City
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Technician Jen Vieyra, right, carefully lifts a caged queen bee away from a hive frame held by bee researcher Beth Kahkonen Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. The bee is marked with a number to identify it and its genetic origin before being sent to beekeepers around the state. The program tries to continually improve the quality of the queen bees in hives around the state in the hope that it will help them resist colony collapse, a problem in bee hives around the nation. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen lifts a frame full of bees away from a research hive to examine its health and remove the queen bee Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bees build wax structures in a research hive Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. Research hives are maintained to raise high quality queen bees to be distributed to bee keepers around Washington State. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen lifts a frame full of bees away from a research hive to remove the queen bee Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen lifts tubular cage containing the queen bee away from a frame full of bees away from a research hive Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen holds a queen bee taken from one of the research hives Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. The bee is marked with a number to identify it and its genetic origin. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen lifts a frame full of bees away from a research hive to remove the caged queen bee Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen examines a frame full of bees, and a caged queen bee, from a research hive Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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Bee researcher Beth Kahkonen lifts a frame full of bees away from a research hive to remove the queen bee Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com