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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.

Three of the candidates for Oregon Secretary of State made their case to voters in Eugene Friday. Democrat Brad Avakian, Republican Dennis Richardson and Alan Zundel of the Pacific Green Party spoke before the Eugene City Club.

A food industry startup from Oregon is ready to sell you something completely different for your mid-morning snack. How about some roasted crickets in cayenne spice or original flavor?

Washington’s largest labor organization has agreed to a $26,000 fine for past campaign finance violations. The attorney general’s office announced the penalty Friday against the Washington State Labor Council.

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If a group that rallied at the state capitol in Salem Thursday has its way, Oregon lawmakers will take up two major pieces of legislation designed to improve rights for renters next year.

Outside Looking In: Rancher Describes His View Of The Malheur Occupation

Sep 22, 2016

Harney County rancher Andy Dunbar had perhaps one of the best views of the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He lives right next to it.

“They’re my closest neighbor,” said Dunbar, who testified Thursday in the trial for seven refuge occupiers.

Dunbar’s testimony created a narrative of how the occupation unfolded from someone literally on the outside looking in. Dressed in a plaid shirt tucked into blue jeans with a large belt buckle and hat hair, Dunbar explained the occupation’s effect on his daily life on the ranch.

Oregon college campuses should have better access to sworn police officers and develop active shooter training programs for all students and employees. Those are some of the recommendations in a draft report issued Thursday by a work group convened by the Oregon governor's office.

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Parents in Washington state may notice another measurement along with their students’ state test scores. The student growth percentile (SGP) is meant to compare a child’s learning to their peers, but critics say it may not work.

Women and girls in Oregon are more likely to be survivors of sexual violence, and have the highest incidence of reported depression in the country, according to a report released Wednesday on the status of women in the state.

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Oregon election officials say they’re getting complaints from voters over a letter informing them of their registration status. The letters are from the D.C. based Voter Participation Center. They say the recipient is not registered, and attached pre-filled registration forms are outdated or inaccurate. 

Informant's Tip Leads To Malheur Arrests

Sep 21, 2016
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An informant tipped off the Oregon State Police, leading to the arrests of Malheur occupation leaders last January. That information came out Wednesday in federal court in Portland.

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The head of Washington’s training academy for police officers says she’s open to changing the state’s deadly force law. Current law protects officers from prosecution unless they act in bad faith and with malice.

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A meeting of Washington state and British Columbian business and political leaders has resulted in two agreements. As Craig McCulloch reports from Vancouver, British Columbia, one of those agreements hopes to speed up treatments for cancer.

Ammon Bundy Had $8K In Cash On Him At Time Of Arrest

Sep 20, 2016

This story has been updated to reflect testimony heard by the jury regarding the cash Ammon Bundy was carrying when he was arrested.

The leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation had more than $8,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest, according to testimony heard Tuesday in a Portland courtroom.

Lobbyists play a key role in political fundraising. Just consider the invitation to a fundraiser Wednesday night for the Speaker and the Majority Leader of the Washington state House.

Exporters are bracing for ocean freight price increases due to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, one of the trans-Pacific lines serving the Northwest. Meanwhile, sailors and cargo are marooned on container ships in Northwest waters.

Stakeholders on all sides continue to grapple with a controversial management decision that would allow Washington state wildlife officials to exterminate an entire wolf pack in the Northeast corner of the state.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Drops Trump Support

Sep 20, 2016
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In a sudden about-face, Oregon's Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce says he is dropping his support for Donald Trump.

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Editor's note: This story was written by a Northwest Public Radio listener as part of our "Walking Washington's History" series. We asked listeners to take one of ten historical walks in a book of the same name by Judy Bentley. Stories are have been edited minimally to preserve the writer's experiences, and all photos were provided by the participants.

Flu Death Leads To Reminder About Flu Shot

Sep 20, 2016
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A man in his 50's recently died from the flu virus in Spokane County. This has prompted the Washington Department of Health to remind people that a flu shot is still the best protection against the flu virus.

How to solve traffic problems on I-5? What about banning humans from driving on it? And replacing them with robots?


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It’s been 44 years since Washington voters approved an initiative to require the disclosure of campaign contributions – and 24 years since voters enacted limits on campaign donations. Now comes a proposal to update those laws and usher in a new era of publicly-financed elections.

USFWS Fish Biologist Testifies At Malheur Trial

Sep 19, 2016
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At the Malheur occupiers’ trial this morning, jurors heard from US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Linda Beck. Beck is an important prosecution witness.

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The last member of the Sinixt tribe in Canada passed away in 1953. The Canadian government deemed the tribe “extinct” and reclaimed their land. But a case against a Washington man in a British Columbia Court that begins today could bring the tribe back to life. 

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The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the City of Eugene must publicly release documents from a police investigation into the conduct of officers who used a stun gun to subdue a protester in 2008. The decision could have implications for future cases involving suspected police misconduct.


A federal judge has denied a request for a mistrial from Ammon Bundy’s attorney in the refuge occupation trial. Marcus Mumford said the answers of two prosecution witnesses weren’t what he described as quote-- “responsive”.

According to a new report from a state task force, the ratio of students to school nurses has more than doubled in the past five years in Oregon.

More people from across the globe than ever are seeking to transform themselves on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. And as fall comes, the through-hiker season is wrapping up.

If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public health threat much like tobacco. And now it’s on the agenda in Washington state.

Refuge Manager Testifies Thursday in Occupation Trial

Sep 16, 2016
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Jurors at the Malheur occupation trial heard testimony from refuge manager Chad Karges for several hours Thursday. Karges described how the refuge appeared before the occupation and after the occupiers had left.

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It’s been 8 years in the making, but Washington State finally has a rule that places limits on carbon pollution from its largest sources. It comes in response to reduction targets on greenhouse gas emissions first called for by the legislature in 2008. Starting next year, regulators at the Department of Ecology are requiring large industrial emitters to gradually reduce their carbon emissions over time. The rule will cover industries including power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and others.