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Advocates for foster children shared concerns with lawmakers in Olympia Friday, with hopes for new policy around child welfare systems in Washington.

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General famously said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Senator Jeff Sessions also said, “We need grownups in Washington to say marijuana is NOT the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.”

People in the marijuana business in Washington and Oregon are wondering how Sessions will act on those words.

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The timber industry may go to court to try to reverse President Obama’s expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

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Residents in the snowiest parts of Oregon are reporting roof collapses following a series of winter storms. One such collapse took place at the Highland Magnet at Kenwood School in the Bend-La Pine School District.

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The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that two proposed fossil fuel terminal projects in Grays Harbor cannot go forward without further environmental review.

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The Navy is scraping the hull of a decommissioned aircraft carrier moored at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard just outside of Bremerton. The EPA and others are concerned that could be polluting the Sound.

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is preparing to close its eleven branch libraries later this year. The board says it can no longer afford to fund the system. County Commissioners say because of declining timber revenue, they have had to pare down services. The most recent casualty is libraries. 

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In his State of the State address this afternoon, Governor Butch Otter backed up his commitment to further invest in higher education by pledging millions to colleges around the state.

Digging Into Idaho Transportation Projects

Jan 9, 2017
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Idaho Governor Butch Otter will give his annual State of the State address today  to a joint session of the legislature. The governor will talk about his highest stated priority, improving public schools. One thing he said he probably won’t talk about much today, but about which he’s concerned, is finding a way to dig farther into the backlog of transportation maintenance projects. 

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Should it be easier to criminally charge police officers in Washington who use deadly force? A legislative task force said “yes," but the vote was far from unanimous.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown will take the oath of office and deliver an inaugural address Monday.


The Washington state legislature has a lot on its plate this year, from funding K-12 education to dealing with the state’s mental health system. Lawmakers spoke in Seattle this morning about some of the coming challenges. 

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The attorney for the leader of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge faces a trial in April on two misdemeanor charges. They stem from a dramatic incident that played out as a jury acquitted his client, Ammon Bundy, and six others.

EPA Calls For $1 Billion Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

Jan 6, 2017
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a final plan for cleaning up pollution at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. 

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A northwest Washington tribe's shellfish beds are a step closer to getting cleaned up after years of contamination.

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A delegation of civic and business leaders from Washington state and California landed in Cuba this afternoon . Their arrival coincides with Alaska Airlines' launch of daily scheduled service from Seattle via Los Angeles to Havana.

Port Of Portland Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Jan 5, 2017

The Port of Portland is suing the agriculture giant Monsanto Corporation for widespread chemical contamination on port property.

Northwest Olympian Ashton Eaton Announces Retirement

Jan 4, 2017
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Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Ashton Eaton has announced he is retiring from track and field. The 28-year-old made the announcement via a statement on his website Wednesday. The former University of Oregon track star won gold in the decathlon at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games — as well as several world championships.

Former Washington Police Chief To Lead Oakland PD

Jan 4, 2017
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The Oakland Police Department in California has hired a former Spokane police chief as its new leader. Anne Kirkpatrick was introduced by Oakland’s mayor as a “reform-minded chief”. 

Idaho Legislator Takes Lessons Into Second Term

Jan 3, 2017
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Many first-time elected officials go into office with plans to push for major changes they promised during their campaigns. Then their experience in office leads them to moderate their views. For others whose ideas were more mainstream, the evolution as an elected official is more nuanced.

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Millions of U.S. workers will get a raise on New Year's Day, as more than a dozen states increase their minimum wage. That includes thousands of people across Washington.

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It’s been one year since a group of armed occupiers took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County.  Last January, Ammon Bundy climbed onto a snowbank outside the Safeway grocery store in Burns and declared his intention to take over a bird sanctuary in Oregon’s remote high desert.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced plans to create a new department focusing on at-risk families and children. The Department of Children, Youth and Families, as the agency will be called, will provide services currently overseen by Social and Health Services.

Second Malheur Trial Will Happen In February

Dec 14, 2016
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U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown ruled Wednesday that a second round of defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will go to trial February 14th. She denied a motion by the government to delay the trial, pushing it back 60 days.

An investigation into a rare birth defect affecting babies in Eastern Washington has come to an end. The findings have left more questions than answers. Disease clusters are notoriously hard to investigate. That proved to be the case for a fatal birth defect in three Eastern Washington counties.



President-elect Donald Trump has apparently passed over Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his pick for Interior Secretary. The Washington state congresswoman posted a vague statement on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

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President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name two people from eastern Washington to his cabinet. The two are odd ducks in the Trump leadership team — and not just because of where they're from.

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Washington state could completely fund its public schools for the first time in decades. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his budget proposal today .

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The Union Pacific Railroad says it plans to appeal a decision blocking the expansion of its railroad track in Mosier, Oregon. Wasco County denied the proposed development on the basis that it would affect the Yakama Nation’s tribal treaty rights.


Wintertime is often drizzle time in the Pacific Northwest. The region may need to get used to more intense rain as well.

Climate change will bring rain in more intense bursts across most of the country. That's according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The extreme rainfall would come in the summer in much of the country. Here, we'd get it mostly in the winter.

With a warmer climate, the storms known as Pineapple Expresses would carry more moisture our way from the tropical Pacific.