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Activists sue Washington state for tougher climate policy

SEATTLE – Environmental activists are suing Washington state, the latest state-level effort to boost use of renewable energy.

Thirteen children backed by the non-profit Our Children’s Trust filed a lawsuit Friday in Superior Court to force the state to end its reliance on fossil fuels. The only way to do so would be for the state to move toward producing all of its energy through renewable means by 2050, Andrea Rodgers, one of the lawyers that filed the case, said in an interview.

Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said while the office doesn’t usually comment on pending litigation, Inslee “has made climate change and clean energy a high priority throughout his life and his career in public service.” She pointed to legislation requested by the governor such as the carbon tax that’s being discussed by lawmakers.

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Students go broke for a day: Poverty simulation helps WSU students understand challenges

About 25 students were thrown in jail, got fired from their jobs, bartered with a pawn shop owner and tried to survive natural disasters Wednesday at the Washington State University Compton Union Building. It was all part of a poverty simulation organized by the WSU Center for Civic Engagement to help students better understand the everyday challenges of being poor.