Northwest News

Washington Unemployment
4:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Unemployment Shows Slow Improvement

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent.  The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. 

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
8:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

By next January Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
8:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

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911 Outage
8:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Utilities And Transportation Commission Investigate 911 Outage

The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage. CenturyLink said about 4,500 calls failed to get through during the outage. The telecommunications company said a similar outage that occurred in Oregon around the same time was unrelated

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Alfalfa Crop
6:06 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope to Harvest More Green This Year

Drex Gauntt grows some of the earliest-harvested alfalfa in the Northwest near Burbank, Wash. Hay prices this year have him smiling.
Credit Anna King

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits. But this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.

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Pulitzer Prize
5:37 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners.
Credit jclor / flickr

The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners. The organization is being recognized for a series of editorials it published last year on Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, also known as PERS.

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Washington Legislature
4:40 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Credit Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Mt. Hood Trails
8:21 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Fish Biologists To Reassess Proposed Timberline Mountain Biking

A review by the U.S. Forest Service in 2012 found that mountain bike trails near Timberline Lodge would have no significant environmental impact.
Credit Gabriel Amadeus/Flickr

A proposal to put mountain bike trails on Mount Hood slopes is being slowed by an expanded environmental review. The study will gauge the trails' effects on federally protected steelhead.

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Highway 530 Closed
8:16 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Highway 530 Closure: 'A Disaster Within A Disaster' Says Darrington Mayor

One mile of highway 530 is still blocked by landslide mud and debris.
Credit Washington State Dept of Transportation/Flickr

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed.

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Air Pollution
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Higher Nitrate Air Pollution In Central Wash.

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.

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