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 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.

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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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