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Genetic Fingerprinting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_fingerprintin
Source: Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia

This is an encyclopedia article about genetic fingerprinting, otherwise known as DNA testing, DNA identification, or DNA profiling. The article discusses how genetic fingerprinting is done and how it is used in criminal investigations and trials. The article also provides an overview of famous cases involving DNA evidence, with links to learn more about each case.
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RCW 43.43.759 DNA identification system -- Rule-making requirements
http://www.leg.wa.gov/RCW/index.cfm?section=43.43.
Source: Washington State Legislature

This is one of Washington's laws about DNA data bases. The law specifies that rules adopted by the Washington State Patrol to implement Washington's laws on DNA data bases must prohibit the use of DNA identification data for any research or other purpose that is not related to a criminal investigation, to the identification of human remains or missing persons, or to improving the operation of the DNA identification system.
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RCW 43.43.753 Findings -- DNA identification system -- DNA data base -- DNA data bank
http://www.leg.wa.gov/RCW/index.cfm?section=43.43.
Source: Washington State Legislature

One of Washington's laws about DNA data bases. This law describes the state's position on the use of DNA technology and DNA data bases in criminal investigations. This law authorizes Washington to establish a DNA data base and DNA data bank containing DNA samples of people convicted of felonies and DNA samples for the identification of missing persons and unidentified human remains. The law also specifies that the information and samples held in the data bank can only be used for purposes related to criminal investigation, the identification of human remains or missing persons, or to help improve the operation of the DNA identification system.
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The PBS Kids Democracy Project -- Why Vote? A Public Awareness Campaign
http://www.pbs.org/democracy/kids/educators/whyvot
Source: PBS

This website offers teacher's activities to have students do in order to gain an understanding of the importance of voting.
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Firearms FAQ's
http://www.dol.wa.gov/ppu/firfaq.htm
Source: Washington State Department of Licensing

A list of frequently asked question pertaining to firearms, permits, carrying a weapon, and dealing firearms.
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