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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Microsoft has announced a multi-billion dollar renovation of its corporate headquarters in Redmond. It will be the biggest expansion of the Microsoft campus since the company moved to the Seattle suburb in the 1980's.

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A movement by University of Washington students and staff has pushed Nike to change one of its factory policies.

As part of a new apparel contract between U-W and Nike, the company will allow a watchdog group to inspect problem-factories.

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This week insurance companies in Washington announced their 2018 rates for individual health plans. On average, prices are going up 36 percent.

Some experts say it didn't have to be this high.

Of the roughly 330,000 Washingtonians who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the majority will have to pay more next year. About 70,000 low income people will be protected from the rate increases because they are eligible for federal subsidies.

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Washington Senator Patty Murray is proposing a bill to make child care more affordable and accessible.

The Democrat is touring child care facilities in Western Washington this week to talk about the legislation.

It would make twice as many children eligible for financial assistance.

The bill would also put more federal dollars toward child care and pre-school, lowering costs for low-and-moderate income families.

Murray says the first-of-its-kind bill would ensure parents don't pay more than they can afford.

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Washington state officials announced their plan Monday for how to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Obama-era rule that replaces the federal No Child Left Behind act.

To meet the new requirements, Washington will put less emphasis on test results.

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Officials now have clearer estimates on the disastrous release of farmed Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound this month.

Diesel-burning ferry boats could be a thing of the past for Skagit County. The county plans to replace its passenger ferry with an all-electric model. It would be the first of its kind built anywhere in the U.S.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced he's staying out of the already crowded race for mayor. Murray was considering a run as a write-in candidate, but said today he decided against it. Instead, the out-going mayor is backing one of the 21 candidates, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

Names and personal data of about a million people may have been compromised in a burglary involving Washington State University property.

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A proposal for a federal $15 minimum wage was rolled out in Congress Thursday.

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The top attorney in the state of Washington is bringing light to a pattern of alleged sexual assaults at a small-town farm. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a federal lawsuit against Horning Brothers LLC and a supervisor.

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Western Washington drivers, especially those with newer cars, are having sticker shock over their latest car tab fees. The fees went up, based on the Sound Transit 3 measure that voters approved in November. Those charges would be lower under a proposal in Olympia.

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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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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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It's not just national organizations like Planned Parenthood getting a boost in donations, over worries about access to reproductive health care.

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The case of a florist who refused to serve her customers is going before the Washington Supreme Court tomorrow. The lawsuit concerns a gay couple who wanted flowers for their wedding.

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Homeless people would be allowed to camp in more places around Seattle, under a new plan from Mayor Ed Murray. The mayor sent his latest policy proposal to the city council Friday night.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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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