Should Washington Allow Home Grows Of Recreational Pot?

Washington is the only state with legal marijuana that doesn’t allow home grows. There have been unsuccessful efforts to change that in recent years . Now the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking public comment on the issue through October 11.

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The threat of a nuclear attack, immigration enforcement and paying by the mile to drive are all on the agenda as Washington lawmakers hold meetings the week of September 11.

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Douglas County officials have released records from the investigation of the 2015 Umpqua Community College Shooting. Investigators concluded that the shooter acted alone in killing nine people on the campus.

What was expected to be a two-day hearing on tribal sovereignty spilled into its third day Friday. The provincial government in British Columbia is appealing a landmark decision that reestablished hunting rights for members of an Indian tribe who live on both sides of the border.

The Eagle Creek fire has littered a section of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge with fallen trees and rocks and there are scores more hazard trees that should be cut. 

Oregon's Department of Transportation says will the freeway will stay closed at least through the weekend—possibly longer.

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This summer, wildfire smoke has blanketed much of the West, with ash falling from the skies in Seattle, Portland and elsewhere. This unhealthy air quality is dangerous for people with lung and heart problems.  

Guns and domestic violence are a deadly combination. Now domestic violence survivors in Washington can find out if their abusers illegally attempt to buy a gun through a licensed dealer.

That’s because of a first-in-the-nation law that took effect this summer.

A total of 26 wildfires are burning in Oregon, 13 in Washington and 23 in Idaho.

Many are close to towns and are having a noticeable effect on their economies.

The Eagle Creek Fire is just a couple of hundred yards away from Cascade Locks, Oregon. It’s a small Columbia River Gorge town that brings in the bulk of its income during the summer months through tourism.

“I think it’s taken a huge hit because it’s been closed. Especially this happening over Labor Day weekend,” said Cathy Perez, a beer tender in Cascade Locks.

Emergency aid to help victims of Hurricane Harvey now also includes additional money to fight wildfires in Oregon and other western states. 

The U.S. Senate on Thursday added provisions replenishing the U.S. Forest Service's budget for the rest of this fire season. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said it should amount to more than $100 million in additional aid. He said the money will ensure that the agency won't have to cannibalize programs aimed at making fires less likely to burn in the first place — something he said has frequently happened in the past.

Northwest colleges learned Thursday that the Trump administration is abandoning the Obama-era approach to campus sexual assault.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blasted college procedures as a “system run amok.”

"Here is what I’ve learned: the truth is that the system established by the prior administration has failed too many students," said DeVos in remarks Thursday at George Mason University.

It’s September, the month when monarch butterflies are at their peak in the Pacific Northwest.

These are western monarchs, not the eastern monarchs that spend their winters in Mexico. Western monarchs breed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and eight other states and then migrate to their winter home in California.

New research shows these monarchs are disappearing even faster than their eastern cousins. Scientists are trying to figure out why.

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