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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.

Pot Advocates Gather For Midnight Portland Party

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Wednesday marks the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon. A crowd of pot advocates gathered at midnight near the Burnside Bridge in Portland to celebrate the change in drug policy.

The city’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped organize the event.

Russ Belville is executive director of the Portland group. He says they weren’t initially planning a large event. 

Washington state's brand new operating budget was not even hours old Wednesday when it sprung a big hole.

A $2 billion hole.

Oil Spill Cleanup Now Detailed in 22 Ecology Plans

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NORTHWEST NEWS NETWORK

When a large oil spill occurs in Washington, the state department of ecology follows detailed response plans when possible. The department just completed nine new plans for specific watersheds, by request of the 2014 legislature.

Lawmakers asked for the plans over concerns about the influx of oil trains traveling the state. Ecology preparedness planner Wendy Buffett says they need to send response as soon as they hear about an oil spill, and the plans help.

The sound and scenes of a Pasco Police shooting that have been under wraps for months are surfacing now with new detail.

The voter-approved Measure 91 is now in effect and adults in Oregon can now legally possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.

Oregon Senate Votes To Regulate Chemicals In Children's Products

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The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed a bill to regulate chemicals in children’s products for the first time.

Data from an investigation of the Pasco Police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was released this afternoon by the Franklin County Prosecutor.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Living witnesses to the forced relocation of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War Two are growing fewer every year. Many who were incarcerated are in their 80s and 90s now. Their descendants -- and historians -- want to preserve the memory and lessons from the unjust internment. Some take an annual pilgrimage to the Minidoka internment camp in southern Idaho to find out more.

To understand Hanford and its nuclear legacy, many newcomers need a “translator” like Liz Mattson.

After watching newly disclosed videos of their son’s death, the parents of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, the Pasco, Washington, man shot by police in February, appeared in deep grief.

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