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Washington Lawmakers Start Special Session Today

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A special legislative session gets underway in Olympia today. Gov. Chris Gregoire says the session is needed to deal with the state's budget woes.

Legislative leaders say they have an agreement that will address about $784 million of the $1 billion deficit to the current year's budget, which covers state spending through June.

Leaders say that about $200 million of that will recognize across-the-board cuts Gregoire previously ordered. The Legislature has a bipartisan agreement to add another $584 in additional savings. That includes about $200 million of federal education money that is being diverted for general fund expenses. Lawmakers say they hope to be done with their work in a day.
      
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