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Update 11 a.m., 8/16/2017: Two more CEOs — from 3M and Campbell's Soup — quit President Donald Trump's manufacturing council Wednesday. Trump then announced he was disbanding the council entirely.


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Eleven states including Washington have sued the Trump administration to improve safety at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants.

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Northwest Republicans joined Democrats in pushing back against cuts proposed for the U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

The Trump administration has given an initial thumbs-up to a plan to dig holes throughout a meadow of rare wildflowers inside the San Juan Islands National Monument.

It’s not part of any effort to eliminate the monument: It’s part of local tribes’ efforts to improve their diets and revive old traditions.


As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Seattle Wednesday, protesters rallied on the steps of the Canadian consulate downtown.

The Native and environmental activists were protesting pipelines Trudeau approved in November, including the Trans Mountain pipeline that would multiply oil tanker traffic through British Columbia and Washington waters up to sevenfold.


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To the list of global problems the world’s oceans are facing, you can add another: They’re losing oxygen.

The Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast, from central California to Alaska, is one of the hardest-hit areas.

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Have you ever left a job where you were tempted to tell off your boss on your way out? After working for a quarter century at the Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Cox didn’t hold his tongue.

Two Washington state Republicans have been chosen by President Donald Trump to help overhaul, if not gut, the Environmental Protection Agency.

Former state Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver and state Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale have joined the EPA as part of a 10-person "beachhead" transition team.


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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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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.

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The World Trade Organization says a corporate tax break that Governor Jay Inslee championed three years ago is illegal.

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Washington state officials are calling it the largest campaign-finance penalty in U.S. history. A judge in Olympia has ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association  to pay an $18 million fine for deliberately hiding its donors.

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Climate change is a gradual process, driven by invisible pollution. It can be hard to wrap your brain around. Atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington have made it possible to listen to the planet changing.

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Wind and heavy rain could make this weekend tough for Northwest residents. The storm could be rough for the Puget Sound's underwater residents as well. Big storms mean big water pollution.

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Democrat Adam Smith is running to keep his seat in Congress. He represents a district stretching from Redmond to Tacoma. But most of his campaign cash hasn't come from Washington state. It's come from the Washington, D.C., area.

How to solve traffic problems on I-5? What about banning humans from driving on it? And replacing them with robots?


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 Nearly a hundred million dollars has gone into this year's elections in Washington state so far.

The race for governor has been the most expensive. But big money is pouring into obscure races too.

A candidate for the post of Lieutenant Governor has raised a record sum for that position.

Nearly half his cash has come from outside Washington state.

The race for Lieutenant Governor is usually kind of a snooze. The incumbent, Brad Owen, has had a lock on the obscure job for the past 20 years.

But Owen announced his retirement this year.

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If you look at your voters' pamphlet and see page after page of candidates trying to win your vote, you might think democracy is strong in Washington state. But look at the money behind the candidates, and you'll see there's much less competition than meets the eye. 

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Oil company Tesoro has agreed to spend about four-hundred-million dollars to reduce air pollution from its refineries in Anacortes and other locations around the western United States.
That's under an agreement the Justice Department announced on Monday.

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Seabirds have been washing up dead on beaches in Washington and British Columbia this summer. Something is taking a toll on a funny-sounding, peculiar-looking seabird.

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Walls are going up around Puget Sound, and the sound is paying for it. In King County, property owners have walled off most of the shoreline with concrete bulkheads and other heavy infrastructure. A new study suggests the practice known as shoreline armoring is more harmful to Puget Sound than previously thought.

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A Skagit County oil refinery wants to ship a raw material for plastic overseas, and some environmental groups say that's a bad idea.

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The Washington Department of Corrections learned in 2012 that the software it was using to calculate prisoners' time off for good behavior was letting some prisoners out too soon. A possible fix to that computer error was delayed 16 separate times, Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke said on Tuesday.

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A Shell Oil icebreaker heading for Port Angeles gained a passenger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. A French sailor dove onto the icebreaker in 20-foot seas yesterday after his sailboat lost its rudder. He made the desperate jump--with his cat--about 350 miles southeast of Alaska's Dutch Harbor. 

Coast Guard video of the rescue shows the 30-foot sailboat bobbing like a cork next to the 270-foot Tor Viking II. The Frenchman clings like a koala to the rigging at the bow of his boat.

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Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer rig left Alaska's Dutch Harbor for Port Angeles, Washington, on Wednesday. The energy giant's other Arctic rig, the Noble Discoverer, left Alaska for Everett on Monday. 

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Shell's Arctic oil rigs have left the Arctic. The two rigs pulled into Unalaska's Dutch Harbor on Sunday, more than a thousand miles south of the company's drilling site in the Chukchi Sea. They're now headed for Washington state.

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A federal judge has found Greenpeace in contempt for blocking the path of an Arctic drilling vessel trying to make its way from Portland, Oregon, to Alaska.

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Shell Oil rejects Washington state officials' position that parking an Arctic oil rig at the Port of Seattle violates the state constitution.

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The demand for shelter in Seattle is outstripping the supply, especially for those who need it most. Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan on Wednesday to put up three new tent cities for Seattle's growing homeless population. His task force on homelessness had recommended adding seven new locations. Even as Murray made his announcement, homeless people were being evicted from their camps on public property in Seattle.

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Washington became a more dangerous place to work last year. The Department of Labor and Industries says more people died on the job in 2014 than in any of the past three years.

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