Paige Browning

Correspondent, Spokane Public Radio

A native of Spokane, and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School, Paige first worked in radio as a DJ at her college radio station, KBGA-Missoula, where she quickly jumped into reporting and anchoring news. While her interest in radio as a public service runs deep, she also brings experience in producing and directing documentary films and TV magazine shows. Paige and her classmates completed four shows for Montana PBS as students at the University of Montana, two of which were nominees for a Northwest Academy of Arts and Sciences student Emmy award. After graduating, Paige traveled as a Collegiate Development Consultant for a women’s leadership fraternity, visiting over 20 universities throughout North America. To maintain her interest in journalism while traveling, she wrote for two blogs and recorded video and audio for her organization. Now, she has more energy than ever for reporting news, and her goal is to bring the best quality, highest priority, relevant, and entertaining news to SPR. When Paige is not on air, she’s probably skiing, volunteering, or discovering new bands and artists.

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Washington's elections office has revealed a technical error made voters' personal info open to the public. The error made it possible for political campaigns and commercial businesses to look up voter's phone numbers and email addresses. The Secretary of State's office says it fixed the problem on Thursday.


 A ban on military-style weapons could come to Washington state.

Today Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he'll propose a ban during the upcoming legislative session.


Washington's largest psychiatric hospital has operated without national accreditation since June.

Western State Hospital staff and job applicants were not notified.

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Monday marks 20 years since the welfare system was overhauled by the federal government.The 1996 reforms ended some welfare benefits, and in turn encouraged people to find work by offering job-training and money for things like child care. The federal government wanted to reduce the amount of people relying on welfare.

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Most banks refuse to do transactions with marijuana businesses, because it's still illegal under federal law. Washington's 10th District Congressman Denny Heck is pushing legislation to change that. He'll meet with industry reps and law enforcement Tuesday to talk about the proposal.

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Washington state has formally joined the legal debate over transgender bathroom access.



The FBI is closing its investigation into America's only unsolved airplane hijacking. The famous case of skyjacker D.B. Cooper has puzzled FBI investigators for the last 45 years. 

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Washington residents could vote on minimum wage changes in November.

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Washington U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is pushing for stricter rules on oil trains after last week's fiery derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

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The oil train spill in Mosier, Oregon was the latest of about 20 oil train derailments in the U.S. since 2013.That's according to the group Earth Justice. One Washington lawmaker says there's one way to limit the danger of derailments or oil spills in this state: build an oil pipeline.

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The latest tax-limiting initiative approved by Washington voters has been ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump is the projected winner of Washington state's republican primary.

He has won 76 percent of votes in the early results, but more ballots need to be counted.

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Olympia could become the first city in Washington to charge an income tax.

Voters there might see two income tax measures on their ballot this fall.

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The election process in Washington state kicks into a higher gear this week. Candidates for US Congress, governor, and dozens of state positions have until May 20 to file for office.

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Washington lawmakers want to step up efforts to keep lead out of school drinking water. The state won't pay for school water quality tests until at least fall of 2017.

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The toll system on four western Washington highways needs improvement.

That's the summary of a state audit on the transportation department's toll division.


The head of Washington's largest psychiatric hospital was fired Tuesday.

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Healthcare providers in Seattle and across the country are getting more tools to help fight a drug epidemic.

The federal government has announced $2.8 million in grants to clinics in Washington. It's part of a broader plan to fight opioid abuse.

Susan Johnson is the U.S. Health and Human Services Director for the Northwest. She said there's a reason we're hearing about an epidemic.

"In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, we lose an average of 153 people a month," Johnson said. "This was in 2014, from drug overdoses. Far more than deaths caused by car crashes."

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Advocates for gun safety launched a new initiative campaign in Washington today .

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is pushing a measure that would give families a new tool in preventing gun violence.

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Two storm fronts over the weekend caused flooding and broke a few rainfall records in the Northwest.

Two people were killed and three more wounded in a shooting near a Seattle homeless camp last night.

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FBI agents in Seattle met with reporters Friday to discuss the agency's role in fighting violent extremism.

Dozens of Western Washington University students gathered on campus today to pray against fear and hate.

That's after university President Bruce Shepard canceled today's classes because of what he calls hate-speech on social media.

He says someone within 10 miles of the Bellingham campus posted threats over the weekend against a variety of ethnic groups, on the anonymous site Yik-Yak.

Shepard normally doesn't like to cancel classes.

But he says felt compelled to after reading the posts.

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The Washington firefighter severely burned in an August wildfire headed home Wednesday. Daniel Lyon, 25, said he can’t believe he’s here today. Three fellow firefighters died in the same flare-up that injured him. 

Lyon has spent the last three months at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, healing from burns on 60 percent of his body. He now wears a clear plastic facemask meant to heal scarring and spoke with reporters before leaving the hospital. 

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President Obama’s emergency declaration for Washington unlocks federal firefighting tools. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell applauded the declaration during a stop in Spokane Friday, but says the state still needs aerial resources.

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The purple pipe could be a local solution for Washington drought problems. The state Department of Ecology is hoping to offset water shortages by encouraging municipalities to use reclaimed water, often fed through purple pipe.

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Washington’s governor made a trip to rail-lines in Eastern Washington Thursday to sign legislation that funds transportation projects. Outside Cheney, Governor Jay Inslee also drove a small train on tracks that will benefit from the new bill.

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Spokane police have reacted quickly to a new report that shows racial disproportion in the rate of arrests. The city’s police and committee on multicultural affairs have formed a work-group to address why people of color are arrested at higher rates.

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Two Spokane lawmakers submitted bill’s Wednesday to change a nearly century-old state law regarding medical schools.

Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner and Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli introduced the bills to help Washington State University create its own medical school. The bills would amend a 1917 state law that allows only University of Washington to operate a medical school, and caps the amount of students at 120.

Riccelli’s measure has 60 co-sponsors from the House, which makes a super-majority.

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The rollout of police body cameras in Washington has been slow, even for Spokane which purchased more than 200 of the devices. Before full implementation, police leaders will ask the legislature for changes.