Northwest News

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.

The family of Antonio Zambrano-Montes -- and the Tri-Cities -- are grappling with fresh details of his death.

Tony Schick / EarthFix

A federal jury in Washington has ruled that railroad company BNSF retaliated against a whistleblower who brought safety concerns to light. This week the court awarded the former employee $1.25 million in damages.

Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

Federal hatchery managers are keeping an eye on warming river water as temperatures continue to rise throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Driest June On Record For Wettest Part Of Washington

Jul 2, 2015
Greg Schechter/FLIKR

Last month was the driest June record for the wettest part of Washington State. The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park got just 0.17 inches of rain last month. 

Oregonians could buy recreational marijuana from stores starting in October under a measure approved Thursday by the Oregon House.

Billions of dollars of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, this week. The port is around 2,000 miles northwest of Seattle, where environmental activists protested the company’s arctic drilling plans last month.

The response is different in the remote port community of about 4,500.

Dutch Harbor is a busy place this time of year.

“The flights are all full, the hotel is full, vehicles - trucks for rent – companies that rent vehicles - they’re all rented,” says Shirley Marquardt.

Idaho law enforcement say they’ve been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.

Oregon Senate Approves Tuition Waiver Program

Jul 2, 2015

Oregon students could soon have an easier time paying for community college. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would waive tuition for some high school graduates.

Billionaire Paul Allen wants wildlife traffickers to feel a bit more pain. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman wants state lawmakers to feel a bit of pain too.

Oregon House Passes Bill To Boost Speed Limits

Jul 2, 2015

Speed limits throughout eastern Oregon could increase under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

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