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Northwest Public Radio is a participant and contributor in the Northwest News Network (N3), a collaboration of public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our reporters bring a regional perspective to coverage of Northwest states' government, environment, economy, and other news of widespread interest to residents of the Northwest. Regional news on Northwest Public Radio is a part of Morning Edition every weekday morning, and All Things Considered in the afternoons.

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Francisco Mendoza is a seventh-grader with a sweet smile. Like many boys his age, he has yes and no answers to most questions. It wasn’t easy getting the details of his life - but maybe it’s because of the struggle and loss his family has endured. Francisco’s father died when he was three years old, and his mother works low-wage jobs to provide for her family.

But playing the cello relieves Francisco’s stress.

Burn Ban In Effect East Of The Cascades

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A burn ban takes effect in Washington east of the Cascades beginning July 2 and running through September. The Washington Department of Natural Resources instituted the ban in response to weather and fuel conditions

The ban prohibits all outdoor fires on DNR-protected lands including state forests and parks. It doesn't include national forests and parks. Gas stoves and charcoal fires are allowed in designated campground fire pits. 

Art meets real life on so many levels at the Northwest premiere Tuesday of a new movie. "Tracktown" is set in Eugene, Oregon, the city now emblazoned with Tracktown USA banners. The movie tells the story of a young Olympic hopeful -- convincingly played by an actual Olympic hopeful.

Tens of thousands of Oregonians will get a raise Friday when the state's minimum wage goes up for the first time in 18 months.

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The National Congress of American Indians invited four presidential candidates to its mid-year conference in Spokane this week.

A bunch of world-class golfers and some men's U.S. basketball team nominees have announced they'll skip the Rio Olympics. Concerns about contracting the Zika virus are the most common excuse. By contrast, American track and field athletes seem eager to make the U.S. team for Brazil.

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There’s been a lot of political buzz this week at the mid-year conference of the National Congress of American Indians in Spokane. Tribal leaders say the next President must understand the importance of tribal sovereignty.

Bundy 'Bodyguard' Pleads Guilty To Occupation Charges

Jun 30, 2016

Close Bundy family ally Brian "Booda" Cavalier pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

Cavalier, the self-proclaimed “personal bodyguard” of co-defendant brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy was among the more than two-dozen charged for the occupation. And he's the closest person to the Bundys to take a plea deal, so far.

The National Park Service Wednesday announced it will allow Native Americans to gather plants on federal land managed by the agency.

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The British pound fell to a 30 year low after the vote. The euro also faltered while the U.S. dollar strengthened. Having a higher valued dollar is not all bad, of course – especially if your summer includes European adventure plans and you want to save some cash on vacation.