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The Big Number: Snow shoveling results in about 11,500 injuries – including 100 fatalities

As winter arrives, it’s worth noting that each year about 11,500 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to snow shoveling. On average, 100 of those injuries are fatal, generally heart attacks. The data, compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and analyzed a few years ago by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, indicates that soft tissue injuries are the most common (55 percent), followed by lacerations (16 percent), fractures (7 percent) and heart-related injuries (7 percent). In the 17-year span of the data, however, cardiovascular injuries accounted for half of the hospitalizations and 100 percent of the fatalities.

2 people struck by Sounder trains, 1 killed

Two people were hit by Sound Transit trains – one fatally near Sumner in Pierce County and another near Carkeek Park in Seattle –causing hours-long delays for passengers.

Montana town’s toxic-waste battle reaches high court

After more than a decade of court battles, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear residents’ case against the property’s current owner. Theirs is more than just a David vs. Goliath confrontation – a rural community of 700 against Arco, a subsidiary of the oil giant BP – because of its potential for upending one of the nation’s key environmental laws.

WSU study: Shoppers support brick-and-mortar stores

Despite the availability of online retail, many consumers in the Pacific Northwest still prefer to do their holiday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Washington State University study.

UI opens voluntary furlough option

Employees at the University of Idaho will have the option to take as many as five days of voluntary furlough as the university works to reduce its current budget by $1 million, following a request from Gov. Brad Little.